„Digital education needs Open Educational Resources"

The Informationsstelle Open Educational Resources (OERinfo) takes stock of the project results and makes recommendations for future action to expand OER

Open and licence-free educational materials, so-called Open Educational Resources (OER), are becoming increasingly important in all areas of education from early childhood to adult education. This trend is currently reinforced by the corona pandemic. The Informationsstelle Open Educational Resources (OERinfo) has been accompanying this process since 2016 and has established a broad platform for experts and interested parties. Following the completion of the second funding phase of the project, the team is now taking stock in a freely available publication and making recommendations for the future.

"The Corona crisis and its consequences pose new challenges for the education system - especially with regard to digitisation. Free educational materials are one way of meeting these challenges," explains Sigrid Fahrer, coordinator of OERinfo. "The so-called Open Educational Resources are free, freely available, adaptable to the needs of learners and can be used in digital learning environments in a legally compliant manner. They are suitable for homeschooling, digital teaching and digital apprenticeship. Therefore: Digital education needs Open Educational Resources".

In order to provide the public and specialist target groups with basic and further information on OER, the online platform open-educational-resources.de has been continuously developed since 2016. Over a period of four years, the responsible team has created a comprehensive, barrier-free accessible information offer. Numerous workshops have been organised to provide teachers from all educational sectors with practice-oriented know-how. Comprehensive assistance and good practice examples on the topic of open educational materials were collected. The platform is located at the German Education Server. Important materials and project results will continue to be available on its platforms beyond the end of the project.

"Even though we have achieved a lot on the topic of OER in the past four years, our work is far from over," says Axel Kühnlenz, head of the German Education Server, which operates OERinfo. "That is why we see it as a permanent requirement to inform about open educational materials and to sensitise and qualify for the topic. It is also important to identify and address new target groups who can also benefit from licence-free materials".

You can find the original press release here.