Adoption of Open Educational Resources to Transform Postgraduate Studies and Practices


  • Lindiwe Mthethwa University of Zululand
  • Anita Mkhabela University of Zululand
  • Nokulunga Khambula University of Zululand



open educational resources, open educational practice, personalised learning, postgraduate studies, postgraduate practices


The purpose of this article is to present the unique challenges faced by postgraduate students, which require specific practices to ensure study completion. Narrative inquiry was used as a methodological framework to uncover current realities within postgraduate studies and practices for previously disadvantaged students in South Africa. Arguments were tabled based on first-hand experiences among the two postgraduate students and their supervisor. The two postgraduate students narrated personalised learning in this article at different levels of study. The research project resulted in the designing of personalised learning strategies, using the open educational practice (PLUOEP) model, where each student discussed open educational resources (OERs). This model enabled both students to take control of their learning by setting their own goals, making choices about their learning activities, and reflecting on their progress. In this study, the level of autonomy and agency allowed students to develop a positive mindset and belief in their ability to succeed. This article discusses how students’ individual beliefs and expectations about themselves influenced their behaviour and ultimately led to the realisation of concrete beliefs and expectations. The lessons from this study described how learning was owned by two postgraduate students who tailored their learning to their individual needs and interests. The study found that there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of OER. The study proposes training and workshops for postgraduate students. Students confirmed the sense of ownership and empowerment in their studies and practices. The study recommends adopting OER in the transformation of postgraduate studies and practices as having a “potential” to decolonise teaching and learning.


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Author Biographies

Anita Mkhabela, University of Zululand

Student , Sociology of Education, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Zululand

Nokulunga Khambula, University of Zululand

Student, Philosophy of Education, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Zululand 


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How to Cite

Mthethwa, Lindiwe, Anita Mkhabela, and Nokulunga Khambula. 2024. “Adoption of Open Educational Resources to Transform Postgraduate Studies and Practices”. Mousaion: South African Journal of Information Studies 42 (1):15 pages .