About the information service OER

The information service OER (OERinfo) is an online portal with a thematic focus which provides comprehensive information concerning OER to the public at large and specific target groups. The service is aimed at a high visibility of OER and at addressing new target groups. We aim to present the current state of knowledge to practitioners, collect information on best-practice examples and present the diversity of existing initiatives.

Information

Current developments in OER are, for instance, presented in reports, interviews or videos. We moreover offer manuals on the practical use of OER and other formats, such as web talks. The information service analyses and documents current OER activities. Current developments in the OER community are continually tracked, and as best-practice examples are curated. workshops and presentations are offered to generate a broader audience.

Transfer

Transfer partners are responsible for the educational areas of school, higher education, adult education and vocational education and training. Partners have been commissioned to define potentials for OER in the respective areas of education – for example by analysing focus groups. We aim to address and integrate new types of audience via offering information and events.

Transfer of OER as a topic is moreover conveyed to the areas by information modules at the OERinfo portal and via relevant publications.

Networking

The OER map for Germany, an excerpt from the OER World Map, serves to illustrate relations among OER actors, with the goal of data-based visualizing of the network of the OER community in Germany. The relevant pool of data is systematically being expanded. The OER information service uses its own networks and channels to support other actors in public relations activities and their OER-related projects. Expansion potentials of existing networks are identified to strengthen the effects of OER and their proponents.