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Online training of the ZOERR on Open Educational Resources

One more time ZOERR offers its training on OER online. Dates are Thursday 08.09.22 and 15.09.22, from 10 a.m. s.t. to 11:45 a.m.


Registration and advance information

ZOERR information film:

Brochure with information on OER:

Registration by e-mail to:


 1st meeting on September 8, 10 am s.t. to 11:45 am.

1) OER and their benefits.

OER - Open Educational Resources - are teaching/learning materials that are "open" to the public. "Open" means not only that OER can be viewed by ANYONE for free, but also that they may be edited, modified, mixed, and shared.
OER can be of any technical format and document type. Materials become OER through special licensing that specifies editing rights. The main added values of OER are:

  • The OER concept makes it possible to produce high-quality, technically innovative teaching/learning materials at an unrivaled low cost.
  • They are the ideal objects for cooperative and collaborative work processes, in which work steps can be continuously mapped into results and simultaneously published again and again.
  • With OER, good teaching can be made visible in a low-threshold way.

In the first training section, characteristics and added values of OER are explained.


2) Copyright, licenses and Creative Commons

The copyright principle "Everything that is not explicitly allowed is forbidden" applies. The German Copyright Act states that the creator* has rights when creating a work. Some of the rights can be passed on. However, there are also copyright barriers, i.e. legally regulated exceptions, e.g. for private use or for teaching and learning, which are independent of the influence of the creator. A teaching/learning object becomes an OER through the way it is licensed. For a legally secure and easy-to-implement dissemination of OER, the allocation of licenses from the Creative Commons (CC) toolbox is a good idea. Knowing which different CC licenses exist and how to work with them in practice is important for every OER producer.
In the second part of the training, information and tips are given on licensing and copyright as well as on how to work with Creative Commons licenses for OER.


Second meeting September 15, 10 a.m. s.t. to 11:45 a.m.

3) The ZOERR

The Central OER Repository of Universities in Baden-Württemberg, ZOERR, collects and presents primarily OER from universities in Baden-Württemberg. Mostly scientists and university employees publish on ZOERR. Users of the offered OER can be any interested person. The ZOERR has a constantly growing collection of university OER. The quality of the collection is ensured by various measures. Special attention is paid to correct licensing of the OER. The OER of the ZOERR are permanently citable and referencable by so-called persistent identifiers (PID). The ZOERR cooperates in a network with OER repositories of other federal states and Austria.

In the third section, the ZOERR platform is described from the perspective of users/readers/users and from the perspective of the authors/producers of OER.
authors/producers of OER.


4) Aspects of the production of OER

For the fourth part of the training, it would be useful if the participants already had initial ideas for their own OER. These will be collected at the first training session. At the second session, an attempt will then be made to offer implementation solutions. If such ideas do not yet exist, then in the fourth part hints will be given on how to best plan OER (especially on technology and content outline - scripts). Free technical formats and tools will be presented; OER examples from ZOERR will be shown.

The fourth section tries to convey the practical side of OER productions.