OER adaptation and remix is one of the core values of the open education movement. Two recent examples of OER remixes from the African Health OER Network highlight how teaching resources developed in one country can be easily adapted to work in different contexts.
Case Studies in OER Remixing: Examples from the African Health OER Network
Adaptation of a learning module on Caesarian section
Dr. Lia, a professor from the St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College in Ethiopia, was interested in creating a learning module on Caesarean section for their students. She was referred to a video-based module on C-Sections from the University of Ghana and the University of Michigan. When watching the video, Dr. Lia realized that the material was well suited to her needs, however, the procedure is done somewhat differently in Ghana than the way the procedure is taught in Ethiopia. In order to address these differences, Dr. Lia chose to change a few key elements:
- A new video introduction was added to introduce the module to local students.
- To provide more context to learners in Ethiopia, the surgical procedures narration was revised with a new recording.
- Additional questions were added to the self-assessment based on the new audio commentary and to insure understanding of specific procedures followed at St. Paul’s.
With a few additions and changes, Dr. Lia was able to provide nearly immediate access to high quality learning materials to meet a high priority learning need.
The original co-author from Michigan was able to guide Dr. Lia through the adaptation. The adaptation is also shared as an OER and available here: http://open.umich.edu/education/med/oernetwork/med/ob-gyn/caesarean-adaptation/2012/materials.
Adaptation of an OBGYN learning module
A teaching module on Episiotomy and Repair was created by the University of Ghana and shared through the African Health OER Network. The module was adapted for use by physicians at the St. Paul Millennium Medical Hospital in Ethiopia to train Obstetrics and Gynecology students. The adaptation contains the same surgical video and many of the same self-assessment questions as the original version. The adaptation is narrated by an Ethiopian physician with additional questions for his students in Addis Ababa, noting the similarities and differences in how the procedure is performed in Ghana.
The adaptation is available here: http://open.umich.edu/education/med/oernetwork/med/ob-gyn/episiotomy-adaptation/2013.
Information for the above case studies was supplied by Kathleen Ludewig Omollo from the University of Michigan.
For more information about the Open.Michigan Initiative, visit http://open.umich.edu/.
For more information about the African Health OER Network, see http://www.oerafrica.org/healthoer/Home/tabid/1858/Default.aspx.
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