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Unite! pioneers open science and multilingual OER courses

Published Jan 12, 2024

A Unite! project team aims to lead the charge in building OER-courses for student and teachers to pave the way for a future Unite! Open Science Academy.

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”.  

Read more about Unite! and OER on the Unite! website