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    Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT)
    (2012) Adeyanju , Thomas K; Maisamari , Musa; Ndege, Speranza M; Sanyal, Mukti; Muganda, Cornelia; Olaofe, Isaac; Boruah, Padmini
    Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) is intended to support the classroom activities of teachers of junior secondary schools (JSS). The aims of ORELT are to: Provide a bank of ‘open content’ multi-media resources in on-line and traditional text formats that will support school-based education and training for teachers in junior secondary schools; Provide ‘open content’ support resources for teacher educators who prepare teachers for junior secondary schools. To achieve these aims a Situation analysis of English language teaching (ELT) in selected Commonwealth nations was undertaken to determine strengths, gaps and challenges of teaching English in Africa and Asia. This formed the basis for developing appropriate materials that address the needs and realities of JSS teachers. The six modules are:
    • Module 1: Better Listening
    • Module 2: Speaking for Better Communication
    • Module 3: Success in Reading
    • Module 4: Effective Writing
    • Module 5: Language through Literature
    • Module 6: Communicative Grammar
    Each module has five units containing a range of case studies, activities and resources which teachers can easily adapt and use in their classrooms. Note, the OERLT project and portal is no longer active, resources from this project are available in PDF format only.
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    Preparing Distance Learning Materials
    (2024-05) Mishra, Sanjaya
    This short course will introduce you to the basic aspects of developing teaching and learning materials for distance and online learning. This course focuses primarily on text-based print and online materials. While it is aimed at teachers in distance teaching institutions, it will also be a useful starting point for anyone who is interested in developing an online course. If you put what you learn into action, you will be able to develop materials that students can use for self-directed learning. The approximate time to complete this course is about 135 minutes. But you will also need another 20–30 hours to develop at least one lesson’s worth of distance learning (DL) materials. This is an asynchronous course, so it will not be possible to assess your lesson quality. We recommend that you ask your peers and people who are likely to participate in the course/unit for feedback that you can use to improve your material.
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    Self-directed Learning for Higher Education: Course Material
    (2024) Mentz, Elsa; Bunt, Byron J.; Havenga, Marietjie; Laubscher, Dorothy; Verster, Marisa; Van Zyl, Sukie; Lubbe, Anitia
    This course material provides an overview of the contents of the 'Self-directed learning for higher education' massive open online course (MOOC). The MOOC provides a short introduction to SDL for faculty and facilitators in the higher education context. This MOOC covers the basic theoretical foundations of SDL. In addition, the typical characteristics of a self-directed learner and the way in which learner-centred and SDL-oriented learning environments can be created, are explored. On a more practical level, the MOOC focuses on the affordances of strategies such as cooperative learning, problem-based learning and play-based learning to foster SDL. Finally, the MOOC concludes with a section on the role of assessment to promote SDL throughout the learning process.
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    Authentic Assessment for Online Learning: Course Material
    (2023-07) Openo, Jason
    This course material provides an overview of learning designs, to help learners conceptualize authentic assessments. Upon completion of this course, learners are equipped with knowledge and practical strategies to design learner-centered digital assessment focusing on academic integrity, engagement, authenticity, and deep learning in the e-learning environment.
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    Learning Design for Emerging Learning Environments
    (2023-03) Singh, Abtar Kaur Darshan; Kovilpillai , Jonathan Jeevan Strinivas; Uzza, Aisyamariam
    This course provides an introduction to the theories, principles, guidelines and experiences for creating learning designs that will empower you to achieve desired learning outcomes in a human-centred and goal-oriented way. The course focuses beyond instructional design to cover experience design assist creating a learning environment that effectively helps students to achieve their life goals. This course will provide you with the skills and competencies to analyse learning and performance problems, design appropriate learning experiences and eventually develop creative and innovative experiential digital learning environments for the new era. Participants in the course will also develop the skills and gain the knowledge necessary to leverage these future trends and use their knowledge to create innovative learning designs that cater to the next generation of learners. The online interactive version of the course is at