09.03.2023: KNOER event at the OE-Week

On 09 March from 3-4 pm there was an online session in English on the topic

OER in Higher Education in Germany – Current Developments and Good Practices of Cooperation.

The OER cooperation network “KNOER” illustrated the status quo of open educational materials in the German higher education sector. A short presentation illustrates current developments in the context of OER in the German higher education context (e.g. infrastructures, initiatives, actors) at the national level as well as at the level of individual federal states.

A special focus was on the OER cooperation network “KNOER”. In this network, several German federal states work together on the topic of OER in higher education: They coordinate their OER-promoting digital learning infrastructures and services, use synergy effects and advance the topic of OER in the German higher education context. Within the framework of KNOER, central OER-relevant topics such as OER quality, OER policies or OER infrastructures are dealt with in topic-based working groups across the federal states.

After the presentation, all participants were invited to ask questions, share experiences and contribute to the discussion.

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KNOER was at the OER Camp 2022

We were there!

On the first day of the OER Camp 2022 in Hamburg, the cooperation network KNOER, in cooperation with HIS-HE, organised a workshop on the topic of “Requirements for an IT infrastructure conducive to OER”. We collected and discussed ideas, experiences and suggestions with participants from the various educational sectors.


On the second day of the event, the focus was on the exchange of ideas and collaborative work on very different topics in the context of OER in numerous barcamp sessions.

Finally, on the third day of the event, thematic workshops took place on the individual fields of action of the OER strategy of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The BMBF sees the OER strategy as a “learning strategy”. In the thematic workshops, the OER community had the opportunity to give impulses for the individual fields of action.


[from left to right: Peter Rempis, Martin Lentz, Paulina Rinne, Konrad Faber, Tim Wiegers, Daniel Diekmann]

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eTeach Network Thuringia joins KNOER

The eTeach Network Thuringia participates as the seventh mandated state institution in the Cooperation Network OER (KNOER).

On 23 September 2022, the Cooperation Network OER (KNOER) met to accept another state institution. The Managing Director responsible for Strategic Development, Planning & External Cooperation, Sebastian Metag, introduced the eTeach Network Thuringia to the KNOER members and representatives of the responsible ministries in a short presentation before it was unanimously decided to accept it into KNOER.

The eTeach Network sees itself as a competence network for digital higher education teaching in Thuringia and bundles all activities associated with media-supported teaching and learning in the state’s higher education sector. In addition, it promotes open exchange and the provision of experiences and results. Further information can be found at this link.

The eTeach network actively participates in KNOER with the aim of generating synergies, pooling best practice experiences and exploring cooperation with network partners from which Thuringia’s higher education institutions can benefit. KNOER is looking forward to the contributions of an institution competent in digital university teaching and to the participation of another federal state.

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