The 21st century student teacher and the use of OERs
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2011 Conference, in August 2011, Mozambique. Presently, teaching seems to have moved from the classroom to the real world via albeit the virtual world. The challenge is that as technology advances, at a very fast rate, and the learning process becomes increasingly information-rich, the role of the teacher has to undergo a major change to integrate these technologies in the teaching and learning environment. It is evident in the literature that new technologies have challenged the way in which education is delivered, but newer technologies are now challenging how people process information and what they expect to be able to do with that information. Cognitive psychologists, for example the work of the Vanderbilt Cognition and Technology Group have discussed how people process information differently and its effect on learning (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2003). Teachers are being called upon to find out what students do and can do with technology outside the classroom in order to inform their teaching. Open educational resources (OER), which are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license and permits their free use or re-purposing by others.