First certificates ceremoniously presented: The Austrian OER certificate for higher education institution set a milestone

A milestone 🚩in OER history in Austria – and unique worldwide: On Wednesday this week presented the new Website about the Austrian OER certification – a OER certificate for universities and persons.

As representatives of our wonderful advisory board (board members are as well Sarah-Isabell Behrens, Jöran Muuß-Merholz and Rudolf Mumenthaler) Noreen Krause and Alexander Schmölz handed over certificates to the first Austrian universities today – in a ceremonial setting at the ministry.

Noreen Krause as well shared inspiring insights into OER developments in German higher education within her keynote, we had several workshops of the fnma SIG OER, talks about the Open Education Austria Advanced project and a report about recents years OER development in Austrian higher education by the SIG OER. (Vice) rectors of many universities accompanied their OER experts to see how and why their work is part of a bigger thing with relevance and need for their own insitutions, but even beyond this for a prosporous Austrian development.

And I sat there with goosebumps, and also a bit proud, how now 3 years of work with many people involved in the development of the OER certification body can show an impressive interim result  – and because so many proudly took photos and selfies.