ROER4D project closure


This week marks the final closure of the ROER4D project and the recent associated Communicating-ROER4D (C-ROER4D) phase, as the C-ROER4D grant closes on 30 June.

The overarching ROER4D project, incorporating C-ROER4D, was a five year (2013–2018) research and advocacy initiative coordinated by Network Hub teams at Wawasan Open University (WOU) and the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. In the course of those five years, the project engaged more than 100 researchers in 21 developing countries, promoting the open education agenda and amplifying the voice of the Global South OER researcher network.

The project considers its role in stimulating and contributing to the growth of this vibrant network as one its greatest successes. The work of these researchers and advocates continues beyond the project end date as the imperatives around OER adoption and more equitable models of knowledge production and distribution continue to grow in importance.

CILT continues its role as a key coordinating entity in the Global South open education network and will, as of 1 July 2018, be launching a new Digital Open Textbooks for Development (DOT4D) research, implementation and advocacy initiative funded by the Canadian IDRC. The project will be led by ROER4D Sub-project 4 Lead Researcher Glenda Cox, who will function as the Principal Investigator.

The project wishes to thank all researchers involved for their passionate contribution to this landmark initiative. Thanks are also extended to the Network Hub teams and the organisational hosts WOU and UCT, as well as to the IDRC and the INASSA programme of DFID for its support and partnership. In particular the ROER4D team would like to thank Dr Matt Smith of the IDRC for his stimulating intellectual partnership and enthusiastic support.

Edited volume chapters now available in Spanish

The Karisma Foundation in Colombia, with the support of the C-ROER4D project, recently translated two chapters from the edited volume, Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South, into Spanish.

The chapter on “Open Access and OER in Latin America” by Amalia Toledo is available at:

The chapter on “Co-creation of OER by teachers and teacher educators in Colombia” by Sáenz, Hernandez & Hernández is available at:

We wish everyone in the ROER4D community ongoing success and look forward to new future collaborations.

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