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Digital Teaching and Learning Materials

We have put together a list of portals with Open Educational Resources (OER) for teaching and studying. These include entire courses (Massive Open Online Courses/MOOCs), lecture recordings, lecture notes, handouts, self-tests and much more besides. All of the materials are available under open licences. Unless otherwise stated, they encompass a broad spectrum of MINT subjects, social sciences, and the humanities in a number of languages.

Instructors can find useful input about teaching methods for their online courses and integrate freely accessible resources. Students can also benefit from these resources and prepare for exams or dive deeper into a subject.

We encourage you to also make your own teaching materials openly accessible, thus providing easier access to education and promoting Open Science.

Finding free learning materials and courses

Class Central
Aggregates MOOCs from different providers around the world, including TU Berlin

An American commercial platform with MOOCs from more than 190 universities and companies around the world. Courses are free of charge. However, some courses offer certificates verifying your identity and participation for a fee.

An open e-learning platform from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University with MOOCS from more than 140 universities worldwide, including RWTH Aachen, TU Munich, and ETH Zürich

Open Textbooks
MOOCs, textbooks/texts, videos, graphics, and other freely accessible educational materials from universities and cultural institutions around the globe

A platform offering interactive MOOCs in English with a special focus on affordable and accessible resources and effective teaching and learning practices

MOOC platform of the University of Graz and Graz University of Technology

OpenLearnWare (OLW)
Online platform from TU Darmstadt for open access teaching and learning materials containing a wide number of audio and video recordings of lectures and presentations

English and German-language MOOCs from the Hasso Plattner Institute in the area of information technology

Metasearch for OER materials from selected educational projects

Other platforms:

Finding images, video, and audio under free licences

Wikimedia Commons
A collection of resources in the public domain and open licensed materials such as images, audio and video files maintained by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

CC Search
Collection of images under Creative Common licenses or in the public domain. CC Search is part of the non-profit Creative Commons community.

The advanced image search allows you to filter by usage rights.

Use the filter function to search for material with Creative Commons licenses. If you have a YouTube account, you can also access an audio media library with a number of open licensed music files and sound effects.

Understanding legal framework conditions

Copyright in science and academia
The most important copyright regulations and how they apply to research and teaching at TU Berlin
FAQ Copyright Legislation

Creative Commons licenses (CC licenses)
Simple, standardized methods to allow third-parties to use your work for certain purposes

You can find useful information about the different CC licenses on the web pages about publishing and in this graphic:

Creating teaching and learning materials

ZEWK praxis blog 
This blog offers practical tips and information to easily transfer teaching content to digital format. It also offers instructions and tools for conducting online courses. “In 8 Schritten zur Online-Vorlesung” and “In 8 Schritten zum Online-Seminar” are two particularly useful resources.

Hochschulforum Digitalisierung
is a think tank that orchestrates the discourse on higher education in the digital age. It informs, advises and networks actors from universities, politics, business and society and is a joint initiative of CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) and the Stifterverband. The HFD offers a range of different formats and opportunities to promote exchange and networking, create incentives, generate topics and ideas, and provide information.

This website shares information and developments in the area of OER. Learn about current tools and resources, best practices, and initiatives.
An offer of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, this website is primarily intended for university teaching staff and offers support with questions about pedagogy, technology, and organization with regard to e-learning and e-teaching.

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Tutorials for Online Teaching

Short videos on free teaching and learning materials, tips on finding literature and information resources, and copyright in online teaching.

Free Online Resources

...are available to all users free of charge and without restrictions. Find a list of platforms with free literature and our tips for searching for Open Access resources.

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