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.
Open educational resources as an enabler for building an inclusive university community
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” took place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 from 16:00 to 17:00 Paris time. Notably the first webinar in a series of six webinars.
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)
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).