Radical Solutions for Education in Africa book published

La Rioja, Logroño, Spain. 05 August 2021

The book Radical Solutions for Education in Africa. Open Education and Self-directed Leaning in the Continent, which is part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology (LNET) series, has recently been published.

This book is made up of 14 chapters with the participation of prominent authors with extensive knowledge of the situation of education in Africa. Among its objectives are:

  • To explore the state of open education in terms of self-directed learning on the African continent
  • Provide readers with a research-based impression of open education and self-directed learning
  • To report on effective open practices in support of self-directed learning

The editors of the book are Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos, Vice-rector of International Projects at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR) and Director of the Research Institute for Innovation and Technology in Education (UNIR iTED); and Prof. Jako Olivier, of North-West University (NWU) and who is also Director of the UNESCO Chair in Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources.

This handbook explores the implications and possibilities of technology and specifically open educational resources, together with self-directed learning as a particularly enabling and empowering method in the African context, where access and success in education remains a critical challenge. It has a combination of conceptual chapters, systematic literature review, as well as practical examples all based on research.

Self-directed online learning offers many possibilities for the learner, but it must be recognised that perceptions of barriers to access or anxiety about the use of technology can limit the learner’s experience. This suggests the need for mentoring to allow the learner to explore in a guided way all the possibilities offered by this type of learning that best suit their learning style.

More information at: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-981-16-4099-5