Dr. Michael Wainaina

Report
By Dr. Michael Wainaina,
Associate Dean,
Graduate School,
Kenyatta University.
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Digitization of Past Examination Papers
Creation of Chemistry and Communication
Skills e-Learning Modules
Digitization of Thesis (A pilot Project)
Online Executive MBA Project
Common Research Methodology e-Course –
Presentation focuses on this Project
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A Common Research Methodology Course
(CRMC)e-Course to meet the 35 hour contact
requirement for a University course
Faculty would develop the Unit themselves for
ownership
Content developers were identified by the
Deans of Schools (K.U. has thirteen teaching
Schools)
They were identified through a participatory
process for their “expertise”
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Approved CRMC description:
CRMC Course Outline
CRMC content developers identified
CRMC Content Developed
Facilitators Identified
Facilitators trained
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Requested and Received existing OER on
Research Methodology from SAIDE
Resource
Name
URL
Description
Copyright
Conditions
No URL – copy of
resource has been
received.
These Guidelines were developed in the
context of a wider project aimed in part
at developing research and research
capacity in teacher education.
The copyright for this
work is held by Roger
Deacon, Ben Parker and
the Centre for Education
Policy Development.
However, to maximise
distribution and
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Topics
OER Resources
Successful
Educational
Research
Research
Proposal,
Research
Questions,
Planning and
Management,
Funding
Research,
Publishing
Research
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What were we to do with the materials?
We reviewed it and forwarded it “as is where
is” to the content developers!!
With wisdom of hindsight it is clear now the
this is not a very productive approach!!
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We should have done a needs assessment of the
requirements of the Content developers ensuring that
developers were clear about what they needed or did
not need and/or
We should have interrogated the materials received with
a view to:
◦ Sift through the materials with the Content developers to
identify relevant information
◦ Explore the materials as a resource for content
development based on the requirements and set
parameters of the CRMC
◦ Identify and address any challenges the content developers
may have had in using the materials
◦ Review usefulness of the materials in meeting needs of
CRMC as conceived for Kenyatta University
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We don’t know!
While we ultimately produced good material,
we cannot say the extent that OER
contributed to the quality, if at all.
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That OER is an opportunity to re-engage with
the process of course development
That information is available, in fact there is a
glut of it and the challenge is to manage it to
meaningfully, effectively and optimally work
for your needs and context: Need to plan,
adopt and evaluate the use of OER in
Curriculum development…We cannot assume
that the fact that the material is available it is
necessary and sufficient
◦ The illiterates of the 21st Century will not
be those who cannot read and write, but
those who cannot learn, un-learn and relearn
…Alvin Toffler
How do we ensure that we optimally use OER in
collaborative curriculum and course content
development projects?
It will be productive for the PHEA-ETI projects
working with OER to deliberately investigate
this question and document lessons learnt
with a view of scaling up best practice.

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