Introducing a Course on Open Educational Resources (OER) during COVID-19 to Empower Women Learners with Visual Impairment- Perceptions, Practices, and Potentials

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2022-09
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Sadruddin, Munir Moosa
Sewani, Salima
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Promoting Equity and Inclusion // This paper reflects on the potential of introducing an OER course to empower visually impaired female learners in Karachi, Pakistan, during COVID-19. Through a participatory action research approach, twenty female learners completed an adapted course titled ‘Understanding Open Educational Resources’, offered by the Commonwealth of Learning. For a hands-on experience, they later participated in various collaborative activities. Data was gathered through audio surveys, focus groups, and interviews, and analyzed thematically. Overall, the course empowered participants and shifted their dependencies to independencies. Participants were engaged in communities of practices, and took ownership to search, filter, and create/adapt open learning resources. The course has opened up new avenues for them to benefit their community members in innovative ways. It is proposed to introduce OER in national education policy to ensure educational accessibility among the disadvantaged population. // Paper ID 4005
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Open Educational Resources, Empowerment, Visual Impaired Learners, Equity and Inclusion, Resilience
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Pakistan
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Asia
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