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Training offered by the ZOERR on Open Educational Resources

The Central Open Educational Resources Repository of the Universities in Baden-Württemberg (ZOERR) offers again two online training dates: Tuesday 21.06.22 and 28.06.22, starting at 10 am s.t.

The following text is copied from the info flyer of the ZOERR. Please register for the dates by mail to:

Fully encrypted ZOOM will be used as the WebConf solution.

First session June 21:

1) OER and their benefits.
OER - Open Educational Resources - are teaching/learning materials that are "openly" available to the public.
"Open" does not only mean that OER can be viewed by everyone free of charge, but also that they can be edited, changed, mixed and distributed.
OER can have any technical format and document type. Materials are protected by special licensing that stipulates the editing rights.
The main OER added values are: The OER concept makes it possible to produce unrivaled produce high-quality technically innovative teaching/learning materials at low cost. They are the ideal objects for cooperative and collaborative work processes, in which work steps can be constantly mapped into results and at the same time 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) The ZOERR
The Central OER Repository of the Universities in Baden-Württemberg, ZOERR, collects and presents primarily OER from universities in Baden-Württemberg. Mostly scientists and university staff publish on the ZOERR . Any person can use the offered OER. 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 by so-called persistent identifiers (PID) permanently and unambiguously citable and referencable. The ZOERR cooperates in a network with OER repositories of other federal states and Austria.
In the second section, the ZOERR platform is described from the perspective of users/readers and from the perspective of the
of the authors/producers of OER.

Second session June 28:

3) Copyright, Licenses and Creative Commons.
The copyright principle "everything that is not explicitly allowed is forbidden" applies.
German copyright law states that when a work is created, the creator
is entitled to rights. Some of the rights can be passed on. But there are also copyright restrictions, i.e. exceptions regulated by law, e.g. for private use or for teaching and training, which are independent of the author's influence.
A teaching/learning object becomes an OER by the way it is licensed. For a legally secure and and easy-to-implement dissemination of OER, licenses from the Creative-Commons (CC) toolbox are offered. Knowledge of the different CC licenses and how to work with them in practice is important for every OER producer.
In the third training section, information and tips are provided on licensing and copyright and how to work with Creative Commons licenses for OER.

4) Aspects of OER production.
For the fourth training section, 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 implementation solutions will be offered. If such ideas do not yet exist then the fourth part will give hints on how to best plan OER (especially on Technology and content outline - scripts). Free technical formats and tools are presented; in addition, OER examples from the ZOERR are shown.
The fourth section tries to convey the practical side of OER productions.

Preliminary information
ZOERR information video:
Brochure with information on OER: