Today the EU-StORe OER and Learning Scenario Conference started at LUMSA Univesity in Rome, Italy. The partners are discussing the OER quality criteria and process of rating OER according to these critera. Moreover, the design of scenarios and showcases for the use of OER in educational contexts is one of the main aspects.
The next EU-StORe meeting will take place in Rome, Italy this month:
Prof. Dr. Marc Beutner, who had the idea for the EU-StORe project and the OER standard development, presented the OER data base in his university lectures at the university of Paderborn with student of economics and future VET teachers. There was a discussion about OER and the students try to use the standards and talk about their Pros and Cons.
A happy new year to all who are interested in the project EU-StORe, in open educational resources, quality in eLearning, the EU-StORe partnership and in pedagogical work with new media.
The EU-StORe team
Prof. Dr. Marc Beutner discussed on visualisation at the KOMDIM workshop in Duisburg.
The visualisations of creative thinking processes as well as project and meeting results can be used as OERs in learning processes as well. Moreover the documentation of learning processes in groups can also be done in a way classical and graphic recording. Especially, for schools and teachers who use moderation techniques in their teaching graphic recording could be really a helpful tool. The illustration as an OER also offers the opportunity to provide other people with an visual approach to the topic.
Tomorrow, we will have a meeting with teacher students who will be informed about the new quality criteria of EU-StORe. Moreover, we will discuss the use or OER in schools and the use of such materials.
In the last four weeks several projects and OER providers contacted us to be inserted in the EU-StORE database or with the wish to use the EU-StORe quality criteria. These questions show how important the work of EU-StORe is. Moreover, this indicates that quality in the field of OER is seen as an essential and really needed.
The fair “Perspektiven 2015″ is a fair for education and vocational education in Magdeburg, Germany. It takes place on the 9th and10th of october 2015.
The Chair of Business and Human Resource Education II of the University of Paderborn EU-StORe is present at this fair and provides insights in the project and in the European Quality Standards for OER designed in the EU-StORe project.
The EU-StORe Kick-off workshop in Sibiu, Romania started today with information about the core elements of the project and a discussion on Open Educational Resources (OER). Some of the partners already met each other at a social dinner the night before to get an impression of the educational systems and the chances and challenges for Europe.
The start of the workshop lead to interesting facts and was a good basis for the future work.
Identifying OER in Europe and creating standard to assure quality is an important aspect in EU-StORe and all partners were aware that the is a way to get closer to a common view on didactical material and learning resources. It is not only providing material like it is discussed in so many parts of European policy and offered on different plattforms. The real challenge for a teacher, an educator or a course creator is to select material and to decide which one fits to the needs of the target group as well as which on is material which is created with a clear didactical concept. Therefore, it is important to seperate better OER from weaker approches.
The standards and quality criteria of EU-StORe and the rating of OER according to them are a very good ooportunity to deal with this problem and to foster transparency and better education all over Europe.
Feel free to discuss with us on the topic of OER and quality standards and accompany our EU-StORe project over the time of the criteria development, the rating of OER and the future steps.
Welcome to the discussion!
Marc Beutner (project coordinator)