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Tuesday, November 26 • 11:45 - 12:15
Same Same but different: exploring status, diffusion and usage of OER across educational sectors in Germany

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Open Educational Resources (OER) and the idea of Openness has gained momentum in the educational discourse. This thrust is not only visible in the latter but becomes manifest in the thrive of several repositories that have been established worldwide. However, a constant gap can be observed between the availability and the usage of OER in education. With this article, we contribute to this lack of research by presenting findings from a cross-educational-analysis of OER diffusion and usage in Germany. More precisely, we endeavour to disclose idiosyncrasies and specific circumstances that exist within and across different educational sectors. In terms of methods, we conducted semi-structured interviews with five experts, all members of a consortium project that encompassed 25 OER projects. As key findings, we identified specific characteristics encapsulated in each sector that require further research. With regard to schools, teachers desire a centralised platform for OER providing prepared material that is ready for use in their teaching. In higher education, altering institutional policies and the proper recognition of teaching has to be fortified to allow OER to occupy a more prominent role. In vocational education, due to the low degree of awareness and the absence of repositories, OER are in an early stage. Adult education is challenging to capture in terms of OER as it is a rather unregulated and a less institutionalised sector. For further research, we suggest that this research should especially comprise to investigate whether our findings resonate with findings of other European countries.


Daniel Otto

Learning Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen

Tuesday November 26, 2019 11:45 - 12:15 CET
BL28 ground floor classroom - Presentations