23.-27. 10. 2023: Open Science Week

Open Science Week at the Ruhr University Bochum

Sharing scientific findings, research steps and results or educational materials – open science includes many measures and practices to make knowledge and data accessible to everyone.

We open our doors and invite you to our virtual Open Science Week from October 23rd to 27th, 2023: Find out more about Open Access, Open Data and Open Educational Resources and learn in our workshops how to publish your publication as Open Access and share your research data or teaching materials with the community.

You can also take the opportunity to discuss the current developments and challenges in the Open Science community with experts and network with other people interested in Open Science.

The state portal is taking part in the Open Science Week:
Monday, October 23, 2023 at 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: An introduction to the world of Open Educational Resources – using freely accessible teaching/learning materials

Further information on the program and registration can be found on the event-homepage of the Ruhr University Bochum


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27.-29.09.2023: Campus Innovation

Campus Innovation is an annual conference and trade fair for digital higher education hosted in Hamburg. The event provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas between higher education staff, teachers and other experts in the field of digital education.

At Campus Innovation, current developments, trends and challenges in the field of digital higher education will be discussed. Topics include e-learning, online teaching, learning platforms, digital media in education, OER and much more. Workshops, lectures and discussions will be offered to promote exchange and networking among participants.

Campus Innovation will take place again this year in presence in Hamburg. Please make a note of 27-29 September now!

Link to the event website

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13.-15.09.2023: TURN-Conference

The TURN Conference 2023 at the TH Köln aims to promote knowledge transfer as a product laboratory. Participants have the opportunity to develop their ideas, concepts and studies in fixed time slots, supported by experienced writing advisors and other experts. It is irrelevant whether the contributions are without systematic preliminary work (ideas), contributions with systematic preliminary work (drafts) or contributions ready for publication (publish). The main focus is on disseminating the results for easy adaptation by colleagues. To facilitate this transfer, all contributions will be made available under an open licence as OER.

Cologne, 13-15 September 2023

Link to further information

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20. & 21.06.2023: twillo Conference Open Up

9Open Up – Strategies for the digitisation of higher education teaching in Lower Saxony.

The first funding phase of twillo ends in July 2023, but a second is planned. We would like to celebrate the transition loudly in the form of a two-day conference on site at Leibnizhaus Hannover.

With the conference, twillo wants to create an understanding of the challenges of digitisation, as well as advance the discourse on framework conditions and incentives for opening up digital teaching materials. Furthermore, the conference offers many opportunities for networking and exchange.


On 20 and 21 June 2023

On site at Leibnizhaus Hannover and live online

Registration and information

Please register for participation at:

All further information on the Open Up conference and the programme can be found on the conference website.


If you have any questions about the event, please write to us at:

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15.05.2023, 14:00-15:30: 20 years of

Cross-national cooperation for digital higher education teaching

In the course of its 20th anniversary, is organising an online event focusing on transnational cooperation in the field of digital higher education teaching. The network of state institutions for digital higher education teaching (NeL) and the cooperation network OER-promoting infrastructures and services (KNOER) will be presented.
Impulses will highlight the emergence of the state networks and current topics. A panel discussion will show how the cooperation of the state institutions with nationwide actors can be intensified.

The event will take place on 15.05.2023 from 14:00 to 15:30. Registration is possible and accessibility is guaranteed.

Link to further event information

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10.05.2023, 10:00-14:30: Online symposium “Awareness and incentive tools for OER”.

On Wednesday, 10 May 2023, twillo and MMKH, in partnership with KNOER, will hold an online symposium on the topic of awareness and incentive tools for OER (Open Educational Resources). Participation is free of charge, registration is possible until 9 May, 6pm.

Event description

Universities have so far fallen far short of their potential in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER). Numerous factors hinder greater use of free teaching and learning materials. The lack of awareness of OER, the limited role of OER in teaching development, concerns about OER use and generally rather timid visions for the development of higher education contribute to the slow progress in awareness and implementation of open forms of teaching and learning. Only a few higher education institutions offer comprehensive measures to support OER at their own institution and a differentiated OER advisory service. In many cases, central institutions for supporting teaching do not have sufficient resources to advise teachers on the use and development of OER in line with their needs. Existing incentive instruments in the area of teaching rarely specifically include the area of OER. In many cases, there is a lack of clear ideas about teaching and learning contexts in which the use of OER makes sense.

Against this background, this online symposium will look at examples of how higher education institutions are already supporting the use of OER and which awareness and incentive instruments can contribute to a broader integration of OER into teaching practice in the future. The event will address these questions and discuss them together with the speakers and participants. Participants will be involved via direct question opportunities and the chat.

This event follows on from the joint event “Opportunities and challenges in quality assurance of OER” by HIS-HE and MMKH from 2021.

Further information can be found on the event website.

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27.04.2023 from 11 am: KNOER at the University Future Festival 2023

Presentation of the Cooperation Network OER (KNOER) at the U:FF, 27.04.2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

In the session “Establishing OER in higher education teaching together – the cooperation network KNOER” you will gain insights into current developments around OER in higher education teaching. A special focus will be on the Cooperation Network OER (

The motto of the 2023 University:Future Festival organised by the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung and the Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre is “Heads up”.
The free event will take place in Berlin on physical stages across Germany as well as digitally.
One of the physical stages is in Bochum and is coordinated by the NRW state portal There, the focus is on the track “Vision & Openess”. Questions here are:

How is university teaching made open?
What good practices are there in Open Educational Resources (OER)?
How do OER reach a broad audience?
What are the very long lines of development, what will higher education look like in 20 years? And what can policy-makers do to support positive developments?

You can find more information on the event website.



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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.

Further information at: and


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23.02.2023: OER Symposium on Teacher Education

A digital (via zoom) OER symposium for teacher education took place on 23.02.2023 from 10 AM – 3 PM. This symposium was organised by the universities of Duisburg-Essen, Cologne, Dortmund, Siegen and Paderborn. Please make a note of the date. You can register for the conference and find more information about the programme on this page from mid-January.

The OER symposia are organised by the state portal network on the initiative of the AG Prorektor*innen. They bring together teachers from the subject communities for an exchange of experience and knowledge on Open Educational Resources. Teachers from NRW who are currently implementing extensive OER projects themselves report on their practical experience.

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KNOER Workshop at OERcamp 2022

Our cooperation network KNOER was participating in the OERcamp 2022 in Hamburg and organised a workshop on the first day of the event where the requirements for a modern, i.e. up-to-date IT infrastructure (focus on higher education) were discussed.

The OER Camp 2022 took take place in Hamburg from 24 to 26 October 2022. The event focused on learning and exchange around OER in different formats.

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