In 2011-12 the Open Learning Network (OLnet) worked in partnership with TESSA to support five Fellowship places. These Fellowships were open to scholars and other educational professionals from Sub Saharan countries where TESSA already operates who are affiliated to an academic institution and have an interest in researching Open Educational Resources (OER) and their use to support teacher education.
OLnet and TESSA are pleased to announce that the Fellowships have been awarded to the:
• Ms Pritee Auckloo - Lecturer at Mauritius Institute of Education, for a study of 'Understanding Teachers’ Choices in Validating Quality driven Open Educational Resources'.
• Prof Fred Keraro - Professor at Egerton University, Kenya, for a study of 'The Readiness for Sustainable and Successful Use of OER in Higher Education in Kenya: A case study of Egerton University'.
• Dr Dele Yaya - National Teachers Institute, Nigeria for a study of 'Sustainable and Successful Use of OER in the Programmes of the National Teachers’ Institute, Nigeria'.
• Mrs Juliana Bbuye - Lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda, for a study of 'Skills for Sustainable and Successful Use of OER: A case study of TESSA Materials in use in Primary schools of Uganda'.
• Miss Anuradha Gungadeen - Lecturer in Open & Distance Learning at Mauritius Institute of Education, for a study of 'Sustainable and Effective Use of OERs in Existing Primary Curriculum: With a view to enable technology enhanced pedagogy and community of practice through wiring schools'.
• Ms Doris Kaije - Lecturer at Kyambogo University, Uganda, for a study of 'Large Classes as a Challenge to Implementing TESSA Materials in Rural Primary Schools in Uganda'.
As part of the Fellowship period, five of the participants have visited The Open University, UK for two weeks during January and May 2011. All of the fellows are completing research projects in relation to OER in their own countries and writing up reports at the end of their Fellowship period. The fellows also attended the DETA conference 2011 held in Mozambique in early August, to present their research projects.
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