Developing and Reviewing Materials

Collaboratively Developing Materials

All the materials introduced in the course so far have been developed collaboratively. Materials development teams include subject specialists and practitioners working together to bring theory, core knowledge and practice into each resource.

Materials being developed should maintain the Fundisa for Change focus of supporting and strengthening the three essential aspects of teaching (content knowledge, teaching practice and assessment practice). Additionally, resources should be carefully aligned with CAPS, adhering to specific phase and subject curriculum statements.

Draft Principles for Reviewing Materials

Reviewers should consider the following questions when reviewing Fundisa for Change materials:

Intellectual coherence:

  • Does the resource align to the national curriculum (CAPS), in terms of content, and phase and subject focus?
  • Does the resource provide sufficient depth of engagement with core knowledge, teaching practice and assessment practice in a manner that bother aligns with CAPS, and takes account of Education for Sustainable Development?
  • Is the core knowledge, teaching practice and assessment practice contained in the resource current and relevant to the South African and Global context?
  • Is the information accurate?
  • Have the materials developers considered and taken care to address contextual bias and issues of inclusivity?

​Technical matters:

  • Is the referencing complete and comprehensive?
  • Are illustrations and diagrams professionally drawn, and accurately attributed?

Branding, Publishing and Licencing

Materials development should be coordinated through the programme coordinator. The coordinator is well positioned to connect you to other partners who might be willing to work with you to develop a set of materials.

While partners are encouraged to collaboratively develop content, the following guidelines should be adhered to for all publications:

  1. The coordinator should be notified of any official materials develop activity to ensure transparency within the network;
  2. Materials should become available to all Fundisa for Change partners, once completed;
  3. Materials should be open to review and adaptation according to the Creative Commons license by all Fundisa for Change partners;
  4. Materials need to be licensed under the Intellectual Licence Agreement as described in the section below and in the partnership protocol;
  5. Materials need to be branded according to the Fundisa for Change brandpack;
  6. A central materials review processes (as described above) need to be adhered to to support and strengthen quality, including a minimum of two reviewers considering content specialism and practice;
  7. Original Print copies AND Word versions of documents need to be sent to the Fundisa for Change coordinator for central archiving;
  8. All new materials need to be submitted for endorsement through the Fundisa for Change coordinator.

No Fundisa for Change materials should be developed and distributed for profit, as per the Partnership Protocol.

Intellectual Licensing of Materials

“Intellectual Property” means all intellectual property, whether or not registerable, including but not limited to copyright, proprietary material, design, know-how, research findings, methods, techniques, processes, adaptations, ideas and resource materials relating to the Fundisa for Change project. The ownership of any Intellectual Property owned by any party or provided by any third party prior to the commencement of this Agreement (“Background Intellectual Property”) shall be and remain vested with that party. Upon termination of this Agreement and upon written request, the party in receipt of the requesting party’s intellectual property and information pursuant to this Agreement shall return such information and property to the requesting party.

​All Intellectual Property arising from the engagement with Fundisa for Change (“Foreground Intellectual Property”) is hereby termed Fundisa for Change Intellectual Property, and is co-owned by Rhodes University and the Lewis Foundation, unless the collaborating partner brings additional funding sources to support the development of new IP (for example resource materials). In the latter case a new Intellectual Property Agreement may be negotiated with the new funder and partner. Fundisa for Change Intellectual Property shall be made freely available for not-for-profit use to all partners signing this Agreement; that is, copyright permission (but not co-ownership) is granted through this Agreement. Any use of the Fundisa for Change Intellectual Property must include an acknowledgment of the Fundisa for Change project and funding source.