OER consulting at CLS
"Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials of any kind and in any medium that are licensed under an open license. Such a license allows free access as well as free use, editing, and redistribution by others with no or minor restrictions. In this context, the originators themselves determine which rights of use they grant and which rights they reserve." (UNESCO)
OER can consist of a single file or multiple files, can take on different media forms (e.g. images, texts, videos, worksheets, software, courses), vary in granularity and modularity, and can therefore be used in a wide variety of teaching-learning scenarios.
Open licensing systems are in the context of current copyright law and enable the legally compliant but uncomplicated granting of usage rights, especially for re-licensing. All interested parties can use these for their own teaching and learning, edit them and also republish them.
Among other interesting OER portals, the Open Resources Campus of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Orca.nrw) is a cross-university online state portal for studying and teaching sponsored by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The state portal provides openly licensed and quality-assured educational materials as well as services for teachers and students. In addition to specialist materials, basic information on the topic of e-learning is also provided, as well as an exchange opportunity for teachers.
The portal promotes a "culture of sharing" within the 37 educational institutions and serves as a further training opportunity for teachers and students.
The OER consultancy at CLS serves as a networking point between the state portal and RWTH, and the focus of its work is on consultancy and networking. In addition, the OER consultancy offers:
- Information Landesportal
- Referral to the legal information center
- Networking with other teachers within the RWTH and with the other universities
- Advice on OER teaching materials: creation and use
All interested parties can contact the CLS of RWTH Aachen University for further questions about OER: Dr. phil. Nicole Hützen and Dr. phil. Josefine Méndez. Individual consulting appointments can be arranged by Mail at any time.
Looking Back: Talk Lehre 2023
The OER consultancy presented itself with a poster at the Talk Lehre on June 14, 2023.
Looking Back: OER Symposium Engineering Sciences on September, 09 2023
The network of ORCA.nrw invited to the first OER Symposium Engineering Sciences on September 1, 2022. The objective of the symposium was to disseminate Open Educational Resources, OER for short, in the respective German-speaking engineering communities and took place in a series of subject-specific theme days organized by the network of the state portal ORCA.nrw to promote the dissemination of created OER in the respective German-speaking subject communities.
The program of our OER theme day included contributions on the creation and use of freely available teaching and learning materials as well as interactive exchange rounds for teachers and interested parties with different focal points, for example best practice examples on the creation of materials, challenges and approaches to solutions. The recordings are available on the homepage of the ORCA.nrw portal.
The symposium was organized by the five ORCA network offices of the FH Dortmund, TU Dortmund, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Siegen and RWTH Aachen.
Looking Back: Talk Lehre 2022
The OER consultancy presented itself with a poster at the Talk Lehre on June 20, 2022.