How OER Enhances MOOCs—A Perspective from German-Speaking Europe

  • Martin Ebner
  • Anja Lorenz
  • Elke Lackner
  • Michael Kopp
  • Swapna Kumar
  • Sandra Schön
  • Andreas Wittke
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)

Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss why open educational resources (OER) and MOOCs are a necessary and powerful combination, especially in German-speaking Europe. We begin with an introduction 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 education.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Ebner
    • 1
  • Anja Lorenz
    • 2
  • Elke Lackner
    • 3
  • Michael Kopp
    • 3
  • Swapna Kumar
    • 4
  • Sandra Schön
    • 5
  • Andreas Wittke
    • 2
  1. 1.Educational TechnologyGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.Institute for Learning ServicesLübeck University of Applied SciencesLübeckGermany
  3. 3.Academy of New Media and Knowledge TransferUniversity of GrazGrazAustria
  4. 4.School of Teaching and Learning, College of EducationUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  5. 5.InnovationLabSalzburg Research ForschungsgesellschaftSalzburgAustria

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