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OER: Opening Up Education

Digital transformation, lifelong learning and Sustainable Development

Open Educational Resources (OER) are made publicly available and allow further development and dissemination by third parties. Thus, students can also build on existing OER and develop materials in the seminar that are shared in blogs, videos or wikis. This promotes digital skills and reflection on issues such as data protection and copyright. At the same time, students learn the importance of lifelong learning as well as inclusive and opportunity-based education.

Open Educational Resources (OER), along with Open Educational Practices (OEP), enable innovative and participatory approaches to teaching.

OER – Open Educational Resources

Educational materials of any kind that are provided under an open license and thus may be freely used, further developed and distributed.

Open Pedagogy

  • Co-creating and publishing videos, wikis, textbooks, blogs with students.
  • Promotion of Digital Skills.
  • For copyright reasons, exclusive use of:
    • Own and cited material,
    • Material under Creative Commons / OER.
    • Generated material is made available for free use under open licenses.

Students4OER: Project in the ZHAW Sustainable Impact Programme

  • Students develop OER on sustainability topics for a competition.
  • Professional and legal review before publication.
  • Publication of student videos, podcasts, papers, and posters under Creative Commons licenses.
  • Roundtable discussion: participating students found the idea of having a voice in public discourse through publication very motivating. They would like to see more such forms of evidence of achievement.
  • Teaching and Learning blog post: “Publishing student project work as OER”.


Nicole Krüger, ZHAW Hochschulbibliothek

Yvonne Klein, ZHAW Hochschulbibliothek

Roger Flühler, ZHAW Hochschulbibliothek