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“Start creating your own OERs” Workshop at the eTwinning Conference 2016

From 27 to 29 October 2016, the eTwinning and Digital Citizenship Annual Conference was held in Athens. The goal of the conference was to explore possibilities on how to raise the capabilities of the schools of today, in order to be prepared for the challenges of the fully digital society of tomorrow.

Professor Elena Shulman, expert member of EUN’s LangOER team, was responsible for the activity entitled Open Educational Resources: Start creating your own OERs, organized as 2 separate workshops taking place on the same day. These sessions were aimed at teachers engaged in professional development activities under the eTwinning programme.

Around 70 participants from a wide variety of European countries (including Italy, Netherlands, Finland, Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal among others) joined the LangOER workshops. The expert, answered questions throughout the sessions and engaged teachers in considering and discussing issues around OER, copyright and best practices for creating and licensing their own OERs.

The workshop’s topic was based in the Going Open with LangOER online OER course, the related handbook and other relevant tools and resources. The first part of the session, focused on providing an overview of Creative Commons licenses and examples of open resources and how to find them. Then, the speaker went on presenting opportunities for teachers to explore resources and tools that facilitate their own efforts to discover, reuse and create their own OERs and to license these resources appropriately using Creative Commons licenses. The hands-on part of the workshop was followed by a questions & answers slot and the final wrap up.

Overall, participants provided feedback to the expert on the issues that teachers found challenging when it comes to Creative Commons licenses, the type of resources teachers were more likely to find useful in similar learning opportunities and insight into what motivates or acts as barriers to teacher’s willingness to share OERs in online communities.

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Less commonly used languages and OER: the path toward the LangOER project policy recommendations

The LangOER partners ICDE and University of Gothenburg brought the project contribution to the Open Education Global conference, in Kraków, Poland, on 12-14 April 2016, this year focus on the theme “Convergence through collaboration”. The conference is an annual opportunity for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and educators to deeply explore open education and its impact on global education.

Gard Titlestad, Secretary General of ICDE, presented an overview on Less commonly used languages and OER, issues that the project LangOER have studied, explored and now suggests solutions for – to advance learning and languages in countries and regions with lesser used languages – which in fact is of high importance for most countries in Europe.

Would you go for open or closed education?

We know:

  • the costs for students and parents for education is increasing
  • many governments cut funding for education
  • there is a strong call for innovation and creativity among students and teachers in education
  • there is need for innovation in education

Still, we observe governments and educational authorities are hesitant and reluctant investing in open education resources, OER.

OER has a great potential to

  • make educational resources updated and more relevant
  • lower costs for governments and students
  • include students and teachers in co-creation and use of educational resources
  • increase effect of investments in education
  • stimulate innovation in education

So what is holding back a turnaround to active utilise this potent resource?

We know education in your native language

  • will favour better learning experiences
  • is stimulating creative capacities among learners
  • build self-confidence – compared with the alternative
  • is of a particular importance for education on bachelor level and below, most important for the lower educational levels

So why is countries and regions with lesser used languages lagging investing in OER compared with countries with larger languages, in particular English?

These aspects were also highlighted during the LangOER final conferenceOpen Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages’’, which took place on 26 and 27 September 2016 in Brussels. At the event, suggestions for future actions regarding policies and practices were also presented.

Following the discussions at the conference, the project is organising two webinars in the month of November 2016, inviting key stakeholders to help finalise the draft recommendations that are aimed at supporting the enhancement of teaching and learning of less used languages through the development and use of Open Educational Resources.

The first webinar, Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages – Consultation on policy recommendations will be hold on 2 November 2016 at 11AM CET.

Programme of webinar

Registration open here

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Going Open with LangOER webinar at the I-LINC learning event

In June 2016, the I-LINC project hosted a Learning Event on the eTwinning platform, titled First Steps for use of technology in the classroom – Towards Digital Citizenship and Inclusion, aiming at introducing educators of all levels to the concept of technology as enabler and of IT tools as means to support engagement and participation.

Module 2 focused on selection and storage of digital content and LangOER was invited to present its Going Open methodology and the resources for teachers created for the training activities in several European countries, within the webinar Open Source Education – make & share.

The webinar was introduced by an overview of the definition and conceptualization of openness, Open Educational Resources and Practices, as well as the model of open licenses and the most common ones.

The second part focused on the process of finding, reusing and re-sharing OERs from the educators’ perspective, with hands-on approach. We presented some practical strategies for searching, using and adapting materials, contextualised examples of application and useful repositories, such as Open Education Europa, Learning Resource Exchange for schools (which also hosts the LangOER resources for language learning) and Scientix (for STEM-related subjects).

The slides of the webinar are available here.

For information on other activities and Going Open with LangOER, please, contact

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How can OER enrich your teaching practice: winner from Greece

Eleftheria Karagiorgou is a teacher at the 7th High School of Trikala. She participated in the LangOER webinar series: How can OER enrich your teaching practice? She received an award for her participation and valuable contribution to the webinar series.

Questions addressed during the seminar where for example: Where to find OER in your language? Are you curious about how to blend online learning in your own teaching context? Find more information on the webinar series.

eleftheria_karagiorgouAccording to Eleftheria Karagiorgou : “The series of webinars of LANGOER were very interesting. I liked the webinar about Creative Commons the most and all the knowledge that I gained from that webinar, I will use it in the classroom”. Our school is a public school and is always looking for digital innovations, sharing the following common characteristics:

  • They are seeking to achieve teamwork
  • They aim at the students’ involvement
  • They intend to break new ground towards the local community
  • They wish for the knowledge uniting of different cognitive subject matters

Taking this into account, working with OER are a true added value for the way we would like to work within our school.

Contact details of the school:, +302431037837,

Language situation of the school: Greek as the major language and English, French and German

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Webinar on EU-US cooperation on OER/OEP and language learning (September 15, 2015)

LangOER webinarLangOER organizd together with the Centre for OER and Language Learning (COERLL) in the US the webinar “Out in the Open, reaching for the stars: EU-US insights into Open Educational Practices for language education”. it took place on September 15, 2015, at 16h CET (09h CDT, 17h GMT).

The recording of the webinar is now available as well as the slides.

The registration was open and more than 100 participants registered to the event.

This webinar is a joint cooperation of US and European peers working in the area of OER/OEP for language education and is one of the components of the new EU-US initiative whose aim is to enhance exchange of practice and know-how across continents. More information can be found here.

Speakers were Dr. Carl Blyth, Director of COERLL, Dr. Joshua Thoms, Assistant Professor, Utah State University;  and Dr. Katerina Zourou, Web2Learn, Greece and LangOER project manager. The webinar has been moderated by Teresa MacKinnon, Warwick University, UK.

Download the poster and the announcement.

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Webinar Series: How can OER enrich your teaching practice?

OEROpen Educational Resources (OER) are a growing area of interest internationally. More and more teachers and school leaders use free educational materials to be shared and reused for teaching, learning, and other purposes.

How can Open Educational Resources enrich your teaching and learning practice? Can they spice up your classes? Where to find OER in your language? Are you curious about how to blend online learning in your own teaching context? All these questions where addressed in a webinar series (March – May 2015) organized by the Mercator Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning. Also a Polish version of the webinars was organized by Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt.

Below you find all the experts who participated in the webinars, with links to their presentations and webinar recordings:

English language version:

  • Marit Bijlsma (Fryske Akademy / Mercator Research Centre) – Opening Up Education and an Introduction to OER

What does ‘openness’ in education actually mean? How do I find OER? How can you integrate OER in your teaching practice?

  • Ebba Ossiannilsson (Lund University) – Benefits and Challenges in Using OER

Several issues were addressed during this webinar, amongst others: OERs for personalised learning, students perspectives, professional and career development and lifelong learning and quality perspectives for the stakeholders.

  • Robert Schuwer (Fontys University of Applied Sciences and chair Special Interest Group Open Education)

Robert Schuwer introduced a ‘roadmap” and a step-by-step approach in using OER in your own context. Participants learned how to determine which learning materials are to be published open, which license to use and how to add metadata to make materials retrievable.

  • Maarten Zeinstra (Kennisland and Creative Commons Netherlands) –  CC licensing and OER myths

What is copyrights and what are the effects on my material? Where can you find Open Resources?

You can find a recording of the webinar here.

  • Elena Schulman (European Schoolnet) – Travell Well Resources and the Learning Resource Exchange

Which resources are well suited for use in multidisciplinary or cross-cultural contexts? Which type of resources are intuitive to use and have  a user-friendly interface?

The presentations can be found on Slideshare.

Polish language version:

  • Alek Tarkowski- Open Model of Education

Does openness count? What kind of benefits are brought by the open model in teaching? What is missed in this model? In the first webinar dr Alek Tarkowski was introducing a possible scenario of using open model in higher education and science.

  • Kamil Śliwowski – Creative Commons Licensing

All of us prepare many educational and promotional materials. We share our work and experience with others but rarely we do it in a way that can guarantee that those materials will be accessible, easy and safe to re-use for other educators or to general public. This is why it’s good to know how open licensing models work and how to use and publish with Creative Commons licenses – for our common good. The webinar about CC licensing aims at bringing together basic knowledge about open copyright models with an experience of how easy and useful it is to use CC in higher education.

  • Karolina Grodecka- How to: search for OER in effective way

Have you ever wondered, how make your lectures more engaging for students by showing interesting video without spending hours on making it from scratch? The objective of the third webinar was to achieve necessary skills to search and select OER suited for every participant.

  • Karolina Grodecka – Adapt and publish OER. Legal and practical perspectives

One of undoubtable benefits from using OER is a possibility of re-using and remixing them according to one’s purpose. This allows academic teachers to save a lot of time and effort. The objective of the fourth webinar is, therefore, to achieve necessary skills to adapt OER into one’s context and needs, to learn how to localize, use and publish open content in the web. Participants also gained knowledge on the difference between OER use fair use of copyrighted resources.

  • Anna Stokowska – Evaluation: pros and cons of OER usage

The last seminar’s aim was to sum up the work that have been done by the participants at home. It was also a chance for them to speak on open education, about their doubts, hopes and discoveries. The moderator showed during this seminar, possible ways of using OER in everyday practice of academic teachers as well as pros and cons of OER usage.

All the webinars can be found on YouTube and the presentation can be found on SlideShare.

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Upcoming webinars: From OER for career development and personalized learning to OER licensing

On the 25th of March, the first webinar took place for the LangOER webinar series designed for teachers of the Network of Schools, however the webinar series are open to anyone having an interest in this topic. During the webinar, Marit Bijlsma gave a first introduction into the topic of OER, providing a basis for the other upcoming webinars.

The presentation of the webinar can be found on:


A summary of the topics covered in the first webinar:

What are OER?

The most popular definition of OER is that by UNESCO (2002)

‘The open provision of educational resources, enabled by information and communication technologies, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes (UNESCO, 2002)”. This is the definition we also use in the LangOER project.

Open resources are often collected in databases called repositories in which they are categorized, grouped by subject, level or format and easily searchable. Some repositories are user-created (users can submit their own content) whereas others offer only approved content.

What does “openness” in educational material actually mean?

Openness is a very broad term which can embrace various meanings and which exists on different levels.

Perhaps the most popular distinction is that made by David Wiley (2007), in which he suggests the following dimensions of openness:

  • Reusing – (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)having the right to use the original content in a wide range of ways and contexts 
  • Revising having the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language or improve it)
  • Remixinghaving the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  • Redistributing having the right to make and share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend).
  • Retainingthe right to make, own, and control copies of the content

How to find free images and other media on the web?

  • Strategy 1: Use a dedicated search engine which filters the web content for licensed materials. The best example here is a Creative Commons search engine . Creative Commons search engine offers convenient access to databases of services offering multimodal content.
  • Strategy 2: Use advanced search preferences in the Google (or other)  search engine. When searching for images, click Search Tools and choose the License tab. Then select the type of license you need.
  • Strategy 3: Use one of the dedicated repositories of images or other media.
  • Strategy 4: Use

Upcoming webinars: Announcement Online Webinars OER

  • 2nd of April (14:00-14:45 CET): Ebba Ossiannilsson (Lund University), Benefits and challenges of OER
  • 15th of April (14:00-14:45 CET): Robert Schuwer (Fontys University of Higher Education), Step-by-step approach in applying and using OER
  • 23rd of April (14:00-14:45 CET): Lisette Kalshoven (Creative Commons Netherlands / Kennisland), Licensing and OER
  • 13th of May (17:00-17:45 CET): European Schoolnet,  ‘Travel Well’ resources and the Learning Resource Exchange

Registration:  send your name / affiliation (e.g. school or organization) to

More Information:

The participants joining the webinar, have the chance to win a € 1.000 award to be spend on technical equipment. Each webinar will give the participant a task / question. Curious about the first task? Participants were asked to post at least two different types of CC-licensed material on This is a great wall to share resources with your colleagues, or students for example!

The series of five webinars (25 March-13 May 2015) are part of the activities of the EC-funded project LangOER.




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How can OER enrich your teaching practice?

LangOER webinars newOpen Educational Resources (OER) are a growing area of interest internationally. More and more teachers and school leaders use free educational materials to be shared and reused for teaching, learning, and other purposes.

How can Open Educational Resources enrich your teaching and learning practice? Can they spice up your classes? Where to find OER in your language? Are you curious about how to blend online learning in your own teaching context?

Join our online webinar series organized by experts in the field, and get the chance of winning a €1.000 award!

How to register: please mail your name and school / affiliation to:

More information:  Announcement Online Webinars OER (pdf)

The series of five webinars (25 March-13 May 2015) are part of the activities of the EC-funded project LangOER.

We are looking forward meeting you online!

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Less used languages in digitally mediated contexts

How can we increase the low online presence of OER for less used languages? This is a theme that was brought up in the LangOER webinar. In an increasingly digital world there is a risk that small languages are marginalised and taken over by large, more widely spoken languages.

Sylvi, Alastair, Anna, Kate

The four speakers in the webinar: Anna Comas-Quinn, Sylvi Vigmo, Alastair Creelman, and Kate Borthwick

Sylvi Vigmo from University of Gothenburg highlighted the potential role of co-design when developing OER for less used languages. This implies finding ways collaborating on a multicultural level to share OER. One suggestion was how to involve learners in the OER community. Sylvi presented some results from the state-of-the art report from the LangOER project. The general picture is that there are few OER in less used languages set up from the UNESCO definition. Even though there are a number of open learning resources, they are not necessarily always possible to for instance modify or re-purpose.

The next speaker, Kate Borthwick from University of Southampton in the UK brought up some inspiring projects with OER where teachers from less used languages have gathered to share ideas. This has created a sense of community for the teachers who don’t need to work in isolation any longer. It has also raised their awareness of learning from each other and increasing the number of materials.Kate stressed that we must consider “how we reach new and wider audiences alongside increasing OERs available”.

The final speaker, Anna Comas-Quinn at the Open University in the UK, raised translation as a way to reach out to small languages. Anna stressed the importance of translation as a step in making ideas accessible to other people. Translation communities are growing. The idea is based on how the power of the crowd can facilitate for online presence in OER in less used languages.

There were some challenges brought up in the webinar, for instance management issues and how repositories of OER are sustained. There were discussions of how to get some common guidelines for how to organise OER. In the discussions in the webinar chat and twitter feed there were questions of how to validate the quality of OER and how to control the content, if indeed it needs to be controlled. There are no simple answers to these questions, but it is useful to discuss ways forward of working with it.

The chair, Alastair Creelman from The Linnaeus University did an excellent job moderating the webinar.This webinar has been an important step in connecting with everybody interested in the potential of OER for less used languages. Networking together and finding ways to promote OER, sharing work and collaborating has only started.

To round up: here are two relevant reflective twitter feeds from the webinar:

OER practice opens the world up to lesser used smaller languages and provides them with a lifeline

How can we use open education practice to reach out to teachers & learners who are outside the mainstream?

Voices from the Twitter feed


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The LangOER webinar: a successful event attracting many participants

The LangOER webinar gave some food for thought about open learning and OER in less used languages. During the event, Sylvi Vigmo, Kate Borthwick and Anna Comas Quinn gave their views on the current situation how Open Educational Practices and OER could be enablers of multilingualism. The whole event was recorded so if you didn’t have a chance to attend, the webinar can be accessed online.

Access here the recording of the webinar:

Follow the tweets about the webinar on twiter: #langoer


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