[FSFE PR][EN] Position paper for the boost of Open Educational Resources on the basis of Free Software

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 = Position paper for the boost of Open Educational Resources on the basis of Free Software =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2015/news-20150210-01.en.html ]

Together with FSFE and other partners, the Bündnis Freie Bildung ("Free
Education Alliance") today publishes its position paper about the
creation and usage of Open Educational Resources (OER). Therein, the
Bündnis demands a consequent publishing of all OER-material under public
licences and their availability as Free Software and in Open Standard

The Bündnis Freie Bildung is following a vision to have "all educational
resources usable without any legal or technical barriers". This can only
be achieved by using Free Software and Open Standards. Consequently, we
find it as a core postulation of the alliance's initial position
paper[1] "Der Weg zur Stärkung freier Bildungsmaterialien" ("The road to
boost Open Educational Resources" only available in German). The paper
has a specific focus on the creation and usage of OER inside the German
educational system.

    "In the upcoming years, Open Educational Resources will receive an
    ever growing importance inside all sectors of public and private
    education", says Erik Albers from the FSFE. "To bring OER to their
    full potential, Free Software is indispensable. We are happy to join
    the Bündnis Freie Bildung today to bring an understanding of this
    context into politics and society."

Furthermore, the position paper demands to consider the use of Free
Software already during the development or extension of IT
infrastructures. In addition, it shall be mandatory to publish
educational resources that have been paid with public money as Open
Educational Resources. By this, the Bündnis Freie Bildung expects a
higher fairness in education and the promotion of participative
structures inside the educational system. Both are characteristics, that
experience an ever growing importance with the ongoing digitalisation of
learning and teaching.

    "The more we see classic educational environments equipped with
    computers, the more important it is to offer every learner an
    education that is independent from manufacturers and products, that
    is participative and is built on top of free educational material.
    For the FSFE, this begins with Free Software and achieves perfection
    in interaction with OER", says Erik Albers.

 == About the Bündnis Freie Bildung ==

The Bündnis Freie Bildung[2] is a coalition of organisations and
individuals with the aim to pin the usage and support of Open Education
Resources into politics and society. The alliance was founded by
Creative Commons Germany, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and
Wikimedia Germany. The FSFE affiliates with the Bündnis as a partner.
Inside the alliance, the FSFE raises awareness about free technology -
namely Free Software and Open Standards - as a necessary condition for a
sustainable development of Open Educational Resources.

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 1. http://buendnis-freie-bildung.de/positionspapier-oer/
 2. http://buendnis-freie-bildung.de/

  == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
  the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
  Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
  furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
  modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
  securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people
  Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues
  of the FSFE.


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