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Aurora OER Webinars

July 25, 2019

Since May 2018, the Aurora working group on Open Educational Resources has been working on different topics concerning technical, organisational and strategic aspects. The working group is a collaboration between students, teachers, researchers and staff of the University of Antwerp, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Gothenburg and the University of East Anglia. Particularly, the library directors of the Aurora network support this OER initiative.

It aims to raise awareness of the many possibilities that Open Educational Resources offer. To this end, the working group has worked on the webinar series “Open educational resources as an enabler for building an inclusive university community”.

The third webinar “The creation of Open Interactive Textbooks and added value for education (VUA)” will be hosted on July 25th, 2019 from 15:00 to 16:00 Paris time provided by Sylvia Moes of VU Amsterdam. In this webinar Sylvia Moes, Innovation Manager education support University Library VU, is sharing her experiences with creation of open interactive textbooks, and benefits for education. With 5 other institutions VU Amsterdam created a textbook for ecotoxicology. Choice for platform, and integration in the learning platform are some of the topics of this webinar, as well as the role of the university library and audiovisual center of the VU. The duration of the talk is approximately 20 minutes followed with a 10 minute discussion.

Past webinars

The first AURORA webinar “National and international initiatives concerning OER” takes place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 from 16:00 to 17:00 Paris time. This is the first webinar in a series of six webinars. It will be hosted by the University of Duisburg-Essen and during the session various international and national initiatives concerning OER will be introduced:

  • Jan Neumann (North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre, Cologne) | UNESCO project “OER World Map” (
  • Michael Kerres (Professor of Educational Science, Chair of Educational Media and Knowledge Management at the University Duisburg-Essen) | National initiatives in Germany.
  • Sylvia Moes (Library, VU Amsterdam, working group member) | National initiative of the Netherlands

The second Aurora webinar “Supporting structures and teaching scenarios for Open Educational Resources at the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE)” takes place on 9th April 2019 from 16:00 to 17:00 Paris time. This is the second webinar in a series of six webinars. The University of Duisburg-Essen will host the webinar, and during the session, various national initiatives concerning OER within UDE will be introduced:

  • Supporting open educational practices in a regional universities network, Anja Kirberg (UDE, project coordinator); Achim Halfmann (University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein)
    In the [bridge]-project, local universities in the western Ruhrgebiet are united to share knowledge about Open Educational Resources. Anja Kirberg and Achim Halfmann will tell us more about supporting open educational practices in regional university networks.
  •  Creating OER with students – challenges and benefits, Inga Gryl (UDE, Institute for Geography/Institute for Social and Science Studies)
    Within this presentation, Inga Gryl will present a specific project where students developed OER for a regional online platform named Students encountered different challenges, and this presentation will provide insight into the essential competencies students produced during the process of OER production.
  • Achieving more with cooperation: MOOC production with the OER platform Exploring Economics, Daniel Obst (UDE, Institute for Socio-Economics)
    Exploring Economics is an open-source e-learning platform which gives students the opportunity to study a variety of economic theories, topics and methods. In this presentation, Daniel Obst will provide insight into the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in cooperation with Exploring Economics.
  •  Data Education at UDE – A Data Information Literacy Open Educational Resource, Christina Kläre (UDE, Library)
    “Data Education at UDE” is designed as a course about the research, processing and further evaluation of numeric data and statistics. In this presentation, Christina Kläre will inform us about this Open Educational Resource.

All participants are invited to a discussion after each presentation as well as at the end of the session. The attendance to the sessions is free of charge.  Please check your audio access before joining the webinar. Only the moderator and the presenters are broadcasted by video. The virtual room will be opened a couple of minutes before the session starts.

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