Jane Park, May 11th, 2011
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has adopted a university-wide open educational resources (OER) policy with CC Attribution as the default license for university material. KNUST’s “Policy for Development and Use of Open Educational Resources (OER)” (pdf) outlines the purpose, role, and process of OER production at the university, and specifically states that,
“Materials produced which do not indicate any specific conditions for sharing will automatically be considered to have been shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license.”
KNUST is a partner institution in the African Health OER Network and works closely with the University of Michigan Medical School and Dental School to develop and distribute health OER. KNUST OER is hosted at http://web.knust.edu.gh/oer but is also duplicated for use at the Open.Michigan and OER Africa sites.
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This is a great move on the part of one of the premiere West African universities. In taking this stance KNUST lives up to the “Ghanaian spirit and values of oneness, communal living and sharing, their guiding principle.” – J. A. Kufuor (President of Ghana 2001-2009) This holds great potential for creating a collaborative atmosphere with other health organizations and universities.
I also like the example this sets for all educational institutions. There is more to gain from collaboration than from holding the creative inspiration to the individual or institution. We all want credit for coming up with an idea, but we also need to allow that idea to grow, adapt, and evolve and that works best when you allow more people to be involved.
KNUST realizes the importance of their research and to allow it to be more accessible through the African Health OER Network can only help expedite the growth of knowledge and solutions to problems.