Policy makers are facing unprecedented challenges as learning institutions are closing and questions linger on how to deal with teaching and learning. As a Pan African Intergovernmental organization, AVU’s role remains to support its member countries and partner institutions. During this challenging period the AVU is extending its support to all African countries and institutions.
In line with its strategic objective to “increase access to higher quality Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) resources that are relevant to Africa”, the AVU is informing all African states and tertiary education institutions about its free resources available at https://oer.avu.org/page/about?locale-attribute=en . This website hosts more than 1600 resources (modules, learning objects, videos) of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, teacher education, and computer sciences. They are available in English, French and Portuguese and they have been released as Open Educational Resources (OERs) under the Creative Commons license CC BY 2.5.
These resources were developed in collaboration with 34 African partner institutions from 26 countries, and with funding from the African Development Bank. The resources have been accessed more than 3Millions times in 225 countries and territories worldwide.
The AVU has published Policy Briefs for policy makers, researchers and practitioners. They are short documents, from two (2) to four (4) pages, providing briefs on issues related to Open Distance and eLearning. The sixty five (65) briefs are available freely at https://avu.org/avuweb/publications/
The AVU invites all countries to assess whether the above online resources may be useful to them, they do need any further permission from the AVU to use them. The AVU avails itself to support countries and institutions to cope with the effects of COVID-19
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The AVU is a leading Pan-African eLearning organization and one of its strategic objectives is to increase access to high quality Open, Distance and eLearning resources that are relevant to Africa. The interactive portal http://oer.avu.org therefore furthers the AVU’s substantial commitment to open education and is an investment in the effort to create a shared body of open educational resources.