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Open Education at UCT

Open Scholarship research began in CILT in 2007. Initial projects funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation looked at case studies in sharing of teaching materials. This pioneering work led to CILT receiving funding from the Mellon Foundation to create a web referatory for sharing open education resources (teaching materials of any kind, available online and openly licenced). 


UCT’s first open content directory was developed in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) from this Mellon grant.  The purpose of the initial directory was to provide a place for UCT academics to share OER. That same OER is now shared in the new OpenUCT repository (, launched in June 2014 and managed by the UCT Library. Contribution to the UCT OC directory is voluntary. 


The University of Cape Town is a member of the Open Education consortium, an international consortium with around 300 universities that also make their teaching materials openly available for sharing (



CILT members have also been involved in the Research for OER for Development project which was completed in June 2018 ( We have just started a new project called Digital Open Textbooks for Development  or DOT4D ( This project has a large research component, but it will also support academics who wish to create and share open textbooks. This support will have technical and publishing advice components as well as an opportunity to apply for small grants.


Workshops and presentations:

CILT also runs introductory or advanced workshops on Open education, Open education Resources, Open education practices, Open scholarship, Copyright and Open licensing specifically Creative Commons. 


Advice and support:

We are also available for any support and advice on Open licensing and Open education on a one-to-one basis or small group basis.