Second expert meeting within OLCOS - Open eLearning Content Observatory Services
Last week, an European expert meeting on the topic of "Open Educational Resources" (OER) and in particular "Open digital content" has taken place in Vienna. Whereas nowadays the benefits and characteristics of open source software in education are well known, this is not the case with the concept of OER which benefits well flexible and open eLearning models (e.g. collaborative knowledge and skills building) in schools, higher educational institutions and vocational training. Speakers from the OECD and European research institutions have identified the key issues at stake and are working together on a strategic European Roadmap towards more usage and production of OER.
“The future of open digital educational content is strong, because its time has come, regardless commercial pressures, such as digital rights management", says Volker Grassmuck, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. Within the two-years project OLCOS (stands for Open Learning Content Observatory Services), funded by the EU eLearning Programme (Call 2005; 1/2006-12/2007) the objective is to build an online information and observation center for promoting the concept, the production and the usage of open educational resources, with special respect to open digital content in Europe. Partners working together are Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft (Austria) as project-coordinator, Fernuniversität Hagen (Germany), Open University of Catalonia (Spain), Mediamaisteri Group (Finland), ecmc European Centre for Media Competence (Germany) and the European Distance and E-Learning Network EDEN (UK/Hungary).
- Handout for the OLCOS expert workshop (PDF-Download)
- Read full press release (PDF-Download)
- For more information read the minutes of the meeting (PDF-DOWNLOAD).