How OER enhance MOOCs: A Perspective from German-Speaking Europe

Martin Ebner, Anja Lorenz, Elke Lackner, Michael Kopp, Swapna Kumar, Sandra Schön, Andreas Wittke

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In this chapter, we discuss why OER and MOOCs are a necessary and pow- erful combination, especially in German-speaking Europe. We begin with an introduc- tion to open online courses and an overview of copyright law in Germany and Austria. We then describe the evolution of OER MOOCs in Austria and Germany, especially the development of two MOOC platforms. Finally, we present examples of the impact of OER on MOOCs to conclude that an approach combining OER and MOOCs can be very valuable to foster new and innovative didactical approaches as well as future ed- ucation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Education: from OERs to MOOCs
PublisherSpringer International
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2016

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  • Information, Communication & Computing

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