Some Milestones of OER in German Higher Education
Important Milestone: Wissenschaftsrat 2022

The Wissenschaftsrat [most important science policy advisory body in Germany] recommends that the federal and state governments establish a transnational infrastructure for the further dissemination and use of Open Educational Resources (OER), linking the existing collections and repositories via a meta-search engine and thus improving the findability and accessibility of educational materials nationwide, if possible across the different educational sectors.
(Quelle: Wissenschaftsrat, 2022, S. 92)

Need for cross-border cooperation
    • Bottom-up OER-initiatives and OER-projects are becoming difficult to monitor
    • Several similar challenges are to be addressed with the risk of duplicate work
    • A network on the federal level was initiated in 2022 to coordinate OER developments in the context of:
      IT-Infrastructure: Repository, OER Search Index, …

      • Quality of OER
      • OER Production
      • OER Policies and Governance
      • Members are OER-Portals which are mandated by regional governments
Some examples for “Good Practices”
  • OER-Search Index: distributed educational materials for higher education can be searched and found across platforms
  • OER funding: incentives for university to collaborately produce and (re-)use OER for teaching
  • Communication: Website
  • Regular events: self-hosted and participation at major conferences
OER-infrastructure in the German federal system
Landesförderungen von OER-Repositorien und -Referatorien, Collage: Anja Lorenz, TH Lübeck, zusammengeführt und erweitert, (via CC BY 4.0