The "OER-Portal Niedersachsen" project was initiated by the Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) as part of the state government's master plan for digitisation in order to establish an infrastructure for the sustainable provision of free teaching and learning materials in higher education in Lower Saxony. Free teaching and learning materials are those materials that are published under an open license, i.e. Open Educational Resources (OER). The aim is to establish a SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE for free educational materials to support university teachers. In addition to the development of an OER portal based on the open source software edu-sharing, the networking of several portals to search in distributed instances is essential.
Materials with an open license may be shared, modified and mixed. The possibility of re-using them, adapting them to specific teaching and learning contexts and further developing them (collaboratively) can greatly facilitate access to high-quality educational materials and open learning. In addition to open licensing of the materials, this is based on the use of technical standards that guarantee the searchability, reusability and interoperability of digital materials.
The OER-Portal Niedersachsen is intended to provide teachers with an infrastructure for the exchange of OER materials and to support them in the creation and compilation of high-quality course materials.
As a first step, the platform will be set up and evaluated in the context of universities in Lower Saxony. From the outset, an extension to other educational institutions will be taken into account. In addition to setting up an OER portal for Lower Saxony, another goal is to network several portals for searching in distributed instances.
Press release October 2019: