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Who knows what – teaching and learning in the digital community

21.04.2012

Free, global, accessible to everyone – that is the vision of “Open Educational Resources” (OER). Free and open educational materials are part of a new development in the production and distribution of information and teaching materials. Who knows what and who has a say in what is taught and learned? How can one create free knowledge without running afoul of current copyright laws? New places of learning are developing beyond the traditional institutions, the ubiquitous “net” is breaking existing structures and conventions, the interactions between the teacher and the student is changing. During the #rp12 re:learn track, education in the digital community will be discussed by experts and practitioners – this track should be of interest to all people who are not done with learning: everyone.

The re:learn conference has two focus days: Wednesday focuses on free knowledge for education and keywords such as #research and #mediacompetence. On Friday, the thematic focus will be on #school, #students, and #teachers. On Wednesday evening, the #Goolgequiz will combine entertainment and Google-skills.

Specifically, the conference will address and discuss the following questions:

What is the status quo in media competence projects in Germany? Which themes are research, which objectives are set, what actions are taken, which groups are reached, and how is success measured?

Where are the current gaps? What are future strategies? Who can one form local action groups to promote free knowledge?

What remain important for teachers, school and university students, and researchers are questions on copyright laws – which can often act as straightjackets: day care centres are not allowed to copy sheet music from children’s songs, libraries run into complications when attempting to rent a digital book, digital books are not allowed to be sold on after use and researchers are barred from posting their findings on the internet. Copyright laws will remain a theme during conference session.

An overview of the full re:learn track can be found here. The re:learn programme is curated by Jöran Muuβ-Merholz. Jöran is a qualified educator who wants to bring together the education and digital worlds.