Aurora Universities Network is committed to building an inclusive university community. By making this inspiring ambition reality, many initiatives are deployed. In the context of education, an important condition for an inclusive community is open access to educational resources (OER).
Since May 2018, the Aurora working group on Open Educational Resources (OER) has been working on different topics concerning, e.g., technical, organizational 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. OER stimulates collaboration between teachers by reusing and remixing open materials. Students can participate in developing new and open educational resources.
It aims to raise awareness within Aurora universities of the many possibilities that Open Educational Resources offer. Connecting the OER working group to current Aurora initiatives in the field of ‘innovation of teaching and learning,’ ‘diversity and inclusion’ and ‘student engagement’ is vital. Students are already involved in the OER working group and see open educational material as part of collaborative learning as one of the top priorities.
The aim of the webinar series “Open educational resources as an enabler for building an inclusive university community” is to inform Aurora partners on this topic presenting good practice scenarios from professors and other university units from our Aurora partners.
The webinar addresses students, professors and stakeholders without having to travel in order to participate. Access is a low threshold and easy to integrate into daily business affairs. Once every two months, a webinar will be provided from one of the Aurora group members. The webinar can contribute building a network on “open learning cultures” to exchange good ideas, such as an information pool on further aspects, e.g. technical infrastructure, software, policy, strategic questions & raising awareness.
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” (https://oerworldmap.org/)
- 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 webinar “Supporting structures and teaching scenarios for Open Educational Resources at the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE)” will be hosted on April 9th, 2019 from 16:00 to 17:00 Paris time by the University of Duisburg-Essen and during the session, various topics 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)
- Creating OER with students – challenges and benefits, Inga Gryl (UDE, Institute forGeography/Institute for Social and Science Studies)
- Achieving more with cooperation: MOOC production with the OER platform Exploring Economics, Daniel Obst (UDE, Institute for Socio-Economics)
- Data EDUcation at UDE – A Data Information Literacy Open Educational Resource, Christina Kläre (UDE, Library)
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.
We invite all participants to a discussion after each presentation as well as at the end of the session.
Join us on https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/aurora_webinar_oer/ (Flash-Player and the free Adobe Connect is needed).