OER Atlas 2017

Printing the OER World Map: “OER Atlas 2017”

Today at the OERde 17 Festival we publish the second edition of the “OER Atlas”. The “OER Atlas 2017” is a printed book with 152 pages, which documents OER activities from Germany, Austria and Switzerland: more than 100 services and nearly 50 projects. Continue reading

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Identifying Lighthouses

The Ljubjlana Action Plan highlights the need to identify and share models of good practice, which have proven to be sustainable ways to organize the production, adoption, sharing and use of Open Educational Resources. We believe that learning from experiences made in other countries will be key for a fast and effective global mainstreaming of OER and that the OER World Map is the ideal tool to support this collaborative learning process. Continue reading

OER World Map at #opened17

Next week the OER World Map project will be represented at the 14th Annual Open Education Conference which will take place in Anaheim, California between the 11th and 13th of October.

We can be found in the Royal Ballroom at table 23 on Thursday October 12, 2017 11:00am – 11:25am and again between 11:30am – 11:55am.  Instead of a formal presentation this will be a roundtable discussion with plenty of opportunity to find out how the OER World Map can make a difference to your OER related activities. Continue reading

Evaluating OER World Map with its users – your input requested

As part of our commitment to iteratively improving the OER World Map through its development, we are always keen to receive feedback from our users.  To encourage participation from as many stakeholders as possible we have formalised this process in the form of a survey (found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OERWM2017). Continue reading

Cologne cathedral

Second Team Meeting 2017 Cologne

Our second team meeting for 2017 from the 18th to the 19th May took place at Cologne. The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Centre (hbz) is in Cologne where four people of the OER World Map team are located. So the other members of our geographically dispersed team had to travel this time coming from Milton Keynes, UK and from Berlin. The two days were as always filled with constructive discussions and good teamwork. Continue reading

Morning view of the river Dahme, Berlin

First Team Meeting 2017 Berlin

From the 16th to the 17th March we met for our first “physical” team meeting in 2017. The two days were filled with lively discussions and effective teamwork. Our colleague Felix was our host. We met at the office of graphthinking in Berlin, Köpenick. Many thanks for the hospitality and possibility to meet in the German capital only hundred meters away from the lovely river Dahme! Continue reading

Open Education Week 2017: Making Sense of the OER World Map through the Use of Folksonomies

The OER World Map collects and visualizes information on organizations, persons, projects, services and events related to OER. Using linked open data technology, all entries can be easily connected, allowing the World Map to provide a the most complete and reliable model of the global OER movement so far.

At its core, the platform provides a fundamental data set, which supports a multitude of use cases. Currently we concentrate on three main user stories, which, in its shortest form, can be described as 1) finding OER sources, 2) connecting OER actors and 3) providing statistics on the OER movement. Arguably, after two years of development, the platform starts to offer real value for its users. Nevertheless it still can be difficult to find relevant data using the World Map platform. During Open Education Week 2017, we are planning to show, how the simple but powerful tool of folksonomies can be used to generate helpful lists of data included in the OER World Map. Continue reading