Introduction to Open Educational Resources [OER]

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Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available and free-of-charge educational materials. This self-study course provides information about OER. You will learn about the reasons for OER, the Creative Commons licenses, how to search for and create OER yourself.

  • The course not only provides information, but is also linked to tasks, H5P content and self-study tests.
  • Procedure:  In each section you will be introduced to the content in different ways, including interactive videos, tutorials and self-study tests with small tasks. In addition, you will receive helpful materials as a link, PDF, PowerPoint or OpenDocument file.
  • Time: The self-learning unit was designed for approx. 120 - 160 min. You can proceed according to your speed and interest (and of course spend considerably more or less time).
  • Gamification: To make self-learning more motivating, the course includes progress bars and Level-up!
  • Prerequisite: First of all it makes sense to register in this course as a participant with your login ID in order to be able to use all functions (test submission, gamification, H5P, progress bar)! If you do not yet have a login ID, you can get one here free of charge and without complications.



Training and raising awareness in dealing with free educational materials/OER.
You should be able to recognize, search and create OER after the course.

Target group: Teachers, teacher training students and all those interested in OER


  • Chapter 1: What are OER?
    OER Introduction and Literature
  • Chapter 2: Creative Commons Licenses
    The individual licenses and their application
  • Chapter 3: OER Search
    Search OER in search engines and use OER platforms
  • Chapter 4: Creating OER
    Tutorials, self-learning tests and tips
  • Chapter 5: Reasons for OER use and creation

Teaching materials



The Open Educational Resources (OER) bibliography lists recommended literature and weblinks to give an introduction to the topic of open educational materials. In addition, publications on the evaluation of OER and useful links for the search and application of OER are presented.

RUBeL: eScouts OER


Christine Ruthenfranz
Matthias Kostrzewa
Michael Fuchs



RUBeL (eLearning)


self-study course in Moodle



Unless otherwise indicated: Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, RUBeL, Christine Ruthenfranz, Michael Fuchs & Matthias Kostrzewa, CC BY SA 4.0.

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Date of publication

Wed, 06. Jun 2018 (aktualisiert am Tue, 03. Aug 2021)

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