The National Open University of Nigeria has completed a facilitation workshop on the sensitization of Open Educational Resources in a bid to promote the free sharing of educational materials in an open learning virtual environment, the Regional Training and Research Institute for Open and Distance Learning (RETRIDAL), in collaboration with the university's Open Educational Resources (OER) Unit and the Commonwealth Of Learning (COL) held a two-day workshop on the theme.

Retridal and NOUN


OER Popularization and Adoption in Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria on the 14th and 15th of June 2016. The workshop, which attracted participants from the National Teachers Institute (NTI) and higher institutions like Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, University of Lagos, Akoka ; Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, and University of Abuja, aimed at using the fiveRs, i .e. Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix & Redistribute, to promote the idea.

Vice-Chancellor of NOUN represented by his deputy, Professor Patrick Eya, welcomed  participants and urged them to go back to their respective institutions and encourage their management to actively become part of the OER movement.

Mr. Adeyinka Segun made a presentation on "The Meaning, Introduction and Historical Development to OER", while Dr. Olugbenga Ojo presented a paper on "Global OER Recommendations and Gains". He emphasized that the OER user has five rights - Reuse, Rework, Remix, Redistribute, and Retain.

Dr. Ojo went gave reasons for the Recommendations  of OER stemming from the reasons why the idea was mooted by the people who were behind it which hinged on believing "that the solution to the problem of the society rests solely on how 'we the people shape it, whilst it reshapes us as we go about changing it or maintaining it, individually and collectively, adding that this is in tandem  with  the  philosophy  of  the OER  movement in 21st century society, where the movement have its focus on the belief that they should become an 'active agent'   who like other individuals; develop and define their ultimate concerns about goings in the world with the belief that the world would be a better place if their developed  and defined concern leads to a Project and eventual Practices.

Dr. Jane-Frances Agbu, Head, OER Unit, NOUN, made an audience participatory presentation on "Ma king the Case for OER", while Mrs. Nimisore Akano of the Faculty ofLaw gave the last presentation of the day on "An Overview of Open Licenses".

Akano explained and discussed what Open Licenses is and its implication to copyright laws, while focusing on licensing issues.

The second day of the workshop was heralded by the presentation of Dr. Christine Ofulue,  Head, Quality Assurance Unit, on "Quality Assuring Open Educational Resources" in which she stressed that Quality is a very important but highly contested and elusive concept to define, going on to state that Accuracy, Reputation of author/institution, Standard of technical   production, Accessibility. and Fitness for purpose as dimensions that determine quality.

In her presentation, Mrs. Edeama Onwochekw a spoke on "OER Repositories", which she described as great for storing, managing and disseminating  information on OER, adding that the ethos  underlyin g the creation of repositories of  OER comprise of four key themes which are Search, Share, Re use and Collaborate, before the workshop was rounded up by Dr. JaneAgbu, on OER in NOUN: Our Journey/Timeline.

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