Recommendations for OER Integration in Austrian Higher Education

Martin Ebner, Michael Kopp, Christian Freisleben-Teutscher, Ortrun Gröblinger, Katharina Rieck, Sandra Schön, Peter Seitz, Maria Seissl, Sabine Ofner, Claudia Zimmermann, Charlotte Zwiauer

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Open Educational Resources (OER) are considered an important instrument to increase access and to
facilitate the reuse of learning content. Educational institutions, especially those in Higher Education, play a
crucial role in the production of OER, since they are the main producers of learning materials. To foster this
production, a national strategy or at a least a national commitment to OER is necessary. Moreover, due to
the very strict copyright law in Austria, this achievement is of high importance and necessity.
In this publication, we will introduce recommendations for the integration of OER in all Higher Education
institutions in Austria; these were developed by a national workgroup consisting of different stakeholders
(government, library, funder, Higher Education and special interest groups). The overall aim is to achieve
sustainability for the educational sector, especially with regard to the usage of learning materials by
different lecturers as well as institutions. The cooperation among various stakeholders on different levels
needs to be in the centre of all further efforts, which should be based upon six explicit requirements:
1. Mandatory commitment to OER
2. Establishment of a nationwide information platform for exchange and cooperation
3. Establishment of nationwide educational programmes for different stakeholders
4. Establishment of national OER badges
5. Targeted financial and structural promotion of OER
6. Establishment of OER strategies within each institution and as a comprehensive approach
Each requirement will be described in more detail and a roadmap will illustrate how OER can be
successfully integrated at Higher Education institutions in the next ten years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings: The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference
Place of PublicationRom
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2016

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  • Information, Communication & Computing

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