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Unite! pioneers open science and multilingual OER courses

In the fast-evolving landscape of higher education, the convergence of Open Science and Open Educational Resources (OER) is proving to be a transformative force. Unite! is taking a bold step forward by adopting the UNESCO recommendations on OER and Open Science to enhance the quality and accessibility of education.

As part of the “Unite! Open Science and innovation strategic roadmap”, this Unite! seed funded project with scientists from all nine Unite! partner universities has set five objectives to enhance open Science competencies within its member institutions:
  1. Developing and implementing a Unite! -wide OER competence initiative for students and lecturers. This initiative will be delivered through an OER MOOC and an international OER course.
  2. Creating a multilingual MOOC about OER in all languages of the Unite! partner universities.
  3. Offering an OER-course in English at TU Graz (Austria) for all Unite! students at the Unite! Metacampus (Unite!’s digital campus for all partners), incorporating the Austrian OER certification scheme by offering 1 ECTS and a comprehensive OER competence profile.
  4. Providing OER capacity training for lecturers. The goal is to equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to implement OER courses within the nine member universities, using the developed MOOC and materials.
  5. Generating a report from the lessons learned and paving the way to a pilot project for a future “Unite! Open Science Academy”.
Documentation and Knowledge Sharing:
Beyond the funded project's timeframe, the project team aims to establish the foundation, materials, and knowledge required to roll out joint and institution-wide OER courses across all member universities. This will also incorporate a standardized Unite! OER certification. Evaluation and the insights gathered from this pilot will be instrumental in guiding and supporting the development of the Unite! Open Science Academy, including the preparation of a future Erasmus+ proposal.
The Unite! alliance's commitment to Open Science and OER signifies a progressive approach to higher education that emphasizes openness, collaboration, and the fostering of future-ready competencies among students and educators. The outcomes of this seed funded project will undoubtedly influence the future of higher education within the alliance and beyond.

The course will be taught by professors Martin Ebner and Sandra Schön but numerous other experts are involved in the course development.
The course will begin in May 2024 and the schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, May 6, 2024 | Interactive Online Lecture (Mandatory)
  • Monday, May 27, 2024 | Consultation hour on OER creation (Optional)
  • May 6, 2024 - May 31, 2024 | Online activities
  • June 17, 2024 | Final deadline for the submission of all results.
For more information and pre-registration go to:
  • OER MOOC: click here (registration open for everyone)
  • OER lecture “Unite! Open Educational Resources in Higher Education”: click here (available for all Unite!rs)