Beyond OER Policy – What happens after the decision?

5th OER Policy Network Meeting | Tue April 9th, 2024

In exchange with the practitioners!

By adopting an OER policy, universities can set clear framework conditions for the use and creation of open educational materials and actively position themselves for free access to education and knowledge. The development of a policy and its anchoring in the strategic goals of a university on the one hand and the implementation of its principles in (teaching) practice on the other hand bring with them some challenges.

But what happens when it is finally done and the OER policy is decided and published? At what is now the 5th network meeting on the topic of OER policy, we are dealing with the effects of an OER policy on teaching practice.

We are very pleased to welcome Martin Ebner (TU Graz) and Simona Koch (UB Duisburg-Essen) as experts. Both were significantly involved in the adoption of an OER policy at their university and are now supporting the further process. After a short input from the two experts, we discuss the questions together:

How does university teaching work with an adopted OER policy?
What measures can be used to strengthen the policy and bring it to life?

Target group teachers and educational staff, university employees and students who are interested in the topic of OER


Yulia Loose (lawyer, ELAN e.V.)
Silvia Czerwinski (scientific MA, Technical Information Library)

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m

The workshop will take place online.

Registration: Please register via email to:
The online event is organized and handled by the Technical Information Library.

This is a free offer for all participants – even beyond Lower Saxony.

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Since 2012, the OERcamp has been the meeting place for the German-speaking community around Open Educational Resources (OER) and digital, open, contemporary education. At OERcamps, different actors work and learn from and with each other, consciously going beyond the boundaries of educational areas and subjects and looking at the subject area of OER and open education from pedagogical-didactic, legal, organizational, technical and other perspectives.

KNOER and its members are also represented at OERCamp 2024 in various formats:

In the workshop “Artificial Intelligence and Open Educational Resources in University Teaching” PD Dr. Markus Deimann ( and Daniel Diekmann ( discuss the implications of artificial intelligence for open educational resources. This is about the opportunities and potential of AI for OER as well as the associated fields of action and challenges.

The workshop “Open Educational Practices (OEP) from the perspective of the OER repositories of the federal states” discusses what requirements must be placed on OER repositories for a successful OEP offering. This is about offering practice, options and the expectations of the user base. The workshop is offered by the OER Repository Baden-Württemberg (ZOERR) and the Virtual Campus Rhineland-Palatinate (VCRP). Verena Russlies (ZOERR), Konrad Faber (VCRP), Noreen Krause (twillo) and Paulina Rinne (HessenHub) are involved.

Another workshop – moderated by Silvia Czerwinski (twillo, TIB) and Yulia Loose (twillo, ELAN e.v.) – will be about the most important steps to an OER policy and what happens afterwards. The OER policy kit is used to discuss how stumbling blocks in the creation process can be overcome and what measures can be taken after publication.

Noreen Krause (twillo) is also involved in the newbie session “Introduction to the Barcamp method”.

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Nov. 7th, 2023: Network meeting on OER policies

Network meeting on OER policies on November 7th, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (online)

In dialogue with practitioners!

More and more universities in Germany are committed to OER and want to use guidelines to send a signal to teachers that they approve of creating and sharing OER. The path to such a policy, i.e. an OER policy, can vary greatly depending on the university. Determining factors here can be the size of the university and accordingly the circle of participants or the approach to policy development – top-down or bottom-up, more or less participatory, etc.

Despite different starting points, there are steps in the development of an OER policy that all universities go through. We tried to visualize these steps in an OER Policy Kit. In addition to a map with the individual steps, materials such as presentation slides or text modules for mailings are also provided. The kit is intended to provide guidance on questions such as: Where should I start? Who should I contact and when?

At the fourth network meeting we would like to present and discuss the OER Policy Kit. We developed the policy kit together with Frank Homp ( and Astrid Dreyer (HAWK Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen), who explain their path to an OER policy as an example.

The policy kit provides input on the following questions:

  • Which steps are essential in the process and which are nice to have?
  • Which actors should be involved and when?
  • Which materials and tools can be useful for the coordination process?

After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to address your questions directly and discuss them together. We look forward to your impression and feedback.

Moderation: Yulia Loose (lawyer, ELAN e.V.) and Silvia Czerwinski (scientific MA, Technical Information Library)

Please Register for the online event at:

Further information and the link to the workshop room can be found on the twillo event website.

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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

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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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