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African Health OER Network

The University of Michigan Medical School and Dental School collaborate with African health science institutions to develop and distribute health educational materials. The mission of the African Health Open Educational Resources (OER) Network (est. 2008) is to advance health education in Africa by creating and promoting free, openly licensed teaching materials created by Africans to share knowledge, address curriculum gaps, and support health education communities. Supported primarily by the Hewlett Foundation, the collaboration started with universities in Ghana and South Africa but is now drawing in institutions from across the African continent.

The OER created as part of this initiative are hosted locally by the authoring institutions as well as through the OER Africa and Open.Michigan websites. The Open.Michigan website currently hosts OER created by University of Michigan, the OER Africa Initiative of the South African Institute for Distance Education, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, University of Malawi, and the Global Health Informatics Partnership. 

The primary website for the project is at

Behavioural Sciences



Dental Research
Dental Technology
General Dental Practice
Oral Surgery
Pediatric Dentistry


Clinical Ethics

Health Professions Education

International Trends in Problem-based Learning Facilitator Development
Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education
Teaching, Learning and Assessment methods

Health Services Administration

Organization and Administration


Medical Informatics


Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Sports Medicine
Travel Medicine




Community Pharmacy Services



Public and Community Health

Child Health Services
Community Mental Health Services
Emergency Planning
Home Care Services
Maternal Health Services
Medical Sociology
Occupational Health
Preventive Health Services

Research Design

Data Quality: Data Cleaning
Data Quality: Missing Data
Data Quality: Out of Range Values
Health Systems Research I Module Guide
Preparing Research Datasets

General Guides

Collections of Health OER Search Requests and Associated Results
Designing Case-Based E-Learning
Discussion Questions for Organizations Commencing OER Projects
Example Disclaimers to Include in Publicly Available Content
Form for OER Reference and Search Request
Form to Submit Content for Review
Forms for Permission to Record and to Release Materials
Guide to Gaining Ethical Consent from Patients for Content Released as OER
Guidelines for developing OER at UWC Faculty of Dentistry
Guidelines for Sharing Recordings
Handouts on Finding and Creating Open Content
Instructional Design Tips for Computer-Based E-Learning
KNUST OER Instructional Design Framework
Phases of OER Production, Adaptation, and Integration
Plan and write a key activity for your learning module
Policy for Attributing Third-Party Content
Process of Content Submission to MedEdPORTAL
Recommended Practices for Packaging and Distributing OER
Template for Openness Audit of Materials That May Be Shared as OER
Tutorial for Recording Sound and Video for E-Learning Projects
Video Techniques for OER modules

Reports and Papers

African Health OER Network Impact Study
Beyond the first steps: Sustaining Health OER Initiatives in Ghana
Developing and using Open Educational Resources at KNUST
Electronic learning and open educational resources in the health sciences in ghana
Examples of Educational Impact from the African Health OER Network
Fostering Cross-institutional Collaboration for Open Educational Resources Production
Growing an Institutional Health OER Initiative: A Case Study of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Growing an Institutional Health OER Initiative: A Case Study of the University of Cape Town
Growing an Institutional Health OER Initiative: A Case Study of the University of Ghana
Health OER Inter-Institutional Project Formative Evaluation of Health OER Design Phase
OER and Health Education: the Potential of Openly Licensed Digital Content
Phase 2 Evaluation of the African Health OER Network: Consolidation and Sustainability
Policy for development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) - KNUST
Producing Open Educational Resources From Scratch: The Case Of Health Sciences At University Of Ghana And Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology
Reflections on the past two and a half years of a collaborative African health OER project
Supporting Collaboration and Harnessing of OER Within the Policy Framework of KNUST
The African Health OER Network: Advancing health education in Africa through open educational resources
The Use of Open Education Resources at the University of Malawi (UNIMA)
Towards a Sustainable Inter-Institutional Collaborative Framework for Open Educational Resources