Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open Educational Resources (OER) are open educational materials published under an open license. Free access and free redistribution, editing and reuse of the materials is enabled by a specific OER license. In this context, the Creative Commons licenses have become established, which allow completely free use or use with minor restrictions.
OER are not only PDF documents, but can also be entire learning units, in addition to videos, images or music. Published under a free license, they are considered OER. (Source: UNESCO definition
)Teaching and learning materials are thus made usable for many
teaching staff and learning worldwide [Centre for teaching and learning].
The state portal ORCA.nrw was published in summer 2021 in NRW as a platform for the exchange of such materials.
When dealing with Open Educational Resources (OER), not only didactic but also legal aspects have to be considered. The unique selling point of OER is the open licensing of educational materials. This enables the authors to use the materials more openly. Normally, copyright law protects authors by granting them exclusive rights of use from the moment the materials are created. Regulations through the pre-formulated Creative Commons (CC) licenses have greatly simplified the handling of granting usage rights to material that is usually protected by copyright. Nevertheless, legal questions regarding the individual scope of licensing arise again and again, in the context of which an individual consideration of the facts/individual case is often required in order to be able to make adequate legal recommendations for action. For these questions David Barber (legal counsel) is the right contact.
If you have any questions about the use of OER or the publication of your own materials, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Legal Information Office (RiDHnrw) from the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster acts as a contact for all teaching staff and students at DH.NRW universities.
As part of the ORCA.nrw portal, the legal information office provides information on topics such as: