Africa ELTA Open Educational Resources (OER) Bank



As part of our continuous effort towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, Africa ELTA Board is pleased to announce starting a new project for creating a bank of open educational resources (Africa ELTA OER Bank) on the Africa ELTA website. The purpose of this bank of resources is to store and distribute free open-access instructional materials available for Africa ELTA members and the wider international ELT community. Although this bank of resources will be open-access, creating and posting the resources on the website must follow the guidelines announced by Africa ELTA. All teachers who attend the training and successfully submit materials to the OER bank will receive an Africa ELTA digital badge.


To mentor and support English language teachers to create OER and successfully submit them to Africa ELTA, we will offer training workshops organized by Africa ELTA and led by experts in creating OER on the following dates:


- Friday, May 13 at 5:00 PM GMT Speakers





Steve Bookman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pace University, who holds an MS in TESOL. He teaches ESL, composition, and business and professional writing. As part of the OER Committee at Pace University, he has helped create a badging program and an OER Faculty Advisory Board. His research interests include technical and professional communication, technical and professional writing, second language writing, business English, digital literacies, open pedagogy, and educational technology.





Chadia Mansour Chadia is a Fulbright Alumna, applied linguist, language instructor, researcher, trainer, and leader with extensive teaching experience in higher education, curriculum development and instructional design in North America and Middle East. She has held a number of active leadership roles in various professional associations and worked on a number of leadership projects that involve instructional and course design for online and blended learning, as well as knowledge mobilization and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) repository for the ELT community around the world. Chadia Holds an MA in applied linguistics ( USA) and is currently in the final stages of her doctoral research in Distance Education and Online Learning.





Sharon Tjaden-Glass Sharon Tjaden-Glass is an instructional media designer for the eLearning Division of Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She previously taught ESL in higher education and in intensive English programs for 13 years. She served as the newsletter for the Intercultural Communication Interest Section for TESOL International (2018-2020) and now currently serves as the ICIS community manager. Her current areas of interest and research are open educational resources, instructional design, online learning, and intercultural communication. She holds an M.A. in TESOL, a B.A. in Linguistics and French, and a graduate certificate in Technology-Enhanced Learning.




- Friday, May 20 at 5:00 PM GMT Speakers:





Charity Davenport Charity Davenport (MS TESOL; MS Instructional Technology) was an instructor at the University of Tennessee's ELI for 13 years and now works at a community college as an Instructional Technology Specialist for Accessibility. She is the author of two ELL OER--"It's All Greek to Me!" and "Writing with Grammar." Her areas of interest are open education, digital pedagogy, online learning, and UDL. The submitted materials will be reviewed and approved by a team of Africa ELTA reviewers before being posted online.



If you have any questions, please email us at (Africaeltaoer@gmail.com).