NWU Open Educational Resources Fellowship

Lecturing staff of the NWU are invited to apply to become an NWU Open Educational Resources (OERs) Fellow. This is an ideal opportunity for staff who are interested to include new online resources to their classes or adapt their resources to their students' specific contexts to receive support and funding for creating or adapting open learning content as well as researching the process.

OERs are “learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others” (UNESCO, 2019)

This 18-month fellowship involves the following:

  • A grant of R40 000 for OER development (adaptation, text editing and/or research expenses) for individuals or groups working on a project.
  • Funds for online conference attendance and presentation (R7 000)
  • Opportunities to attend workshops on OERs, open licensing and open pedagogy.
  • Support to create or adapt open educational resources such as open textbooks, online tutorials, wikibooks or combinations of open learning objects.
  • Support and workshops on how to research OERs and write up the research.
  • Writing a book chapter on the process or evaluation of the use of the OER

What can you gain from this fellowship?

  • Expertise in creating and/or adapting OERs.
  • Capacity for researching the process of using, creating and/or adapting OERs.

Applications (at least 8 fellowship positions are available) will be evaluated by a panel consisting of the the UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources Executive Committee.
The NWU OER Fellows for 2021/2022 will be announced online on 31 May 2021.

See the NWU OER Declaration for information on how OER can be used within the NWU.

For more on OERs, consult A Basic guide to open educational resources published by UNESCO:

For more information contact Prof. Jako Olivier at jako.olivier@nwu.ac.za

This project is funded from the NWU Strategic Funds.