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ENCORE+ – European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education

The European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education (ENCORE+) responds to the European priorities of opening up and modernising education and training through the creation of a network that supports innovation and entrepreneurship with OER.

Within the three-year project, the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, represented by the Next Education working group, is collaborating with 9 European project partner organisations from science and industry to develop a European OER innovation area by connecting stakeholder communities and fostering knowledge exchange. ENCORE+ realises a new vision for collaboration and connection between OER repositories in a European OER Ecosystem, encouraging entrepreneurship and empowerment through OER. ENCORE+ fosters the uptake of OER in Europe by stimulating the integration of organisational strategies for OER in business & academia.

The following results will be developed:

  • A validated, shared vision and roadmap for OER in Europe
  • Creation and pilot the ENCORE+ OER Quality Framework
  • An European OER Strategy Guidelines for higher education & businesses
  • A well connected European OER Ecosystem of technologies & communities

Time Period
November 2020 - October 2023

Project Coordinator
International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)

Project partner
International Council for Open and Distance Education, Norway
The Open University, United Kingdom
Universidad Internacional De La Rioja, Spain
Knowledge 4 All Foundation, United Kingdom, 
Joubel, Norway
Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Instructure Global, United Kingdom
Dublin City University, Ireland


Funding amount
993.028,00€ total budget
201.561,00€ DHBW Karlsruhe

Project team

Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel

Director of the Researchgroup and Professorship for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning



Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel

Director of the Researchgroup and Professorship for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning



Related publications
01 Ehlers, U.-D. (2022): Towards new alliances for Open Education & Training Resources for European higher education and Business. Amsterdam. UIIN conference.
02 Ehlers, U.-D. (2022): The future OER Ecosystem – On building a community for OER in Europe. OEGlobal. ONLINE ACCESS
03 Ehlers, U.-D., Monelyon, T. M. (2021): Building a European OER Ecosystem – State of play across Tech, Policy, Quality, Business & Innovation [Paper presentation]. OEGlobal. Oktober 2021. ONLINE ACCESS
04 Griffiths, D. Burgos, D. Aceto, S. (2022): Credentialing learning in the European OER Ecosystem, ENCORE+ deliverable 5.4ONLINE ACCESS
Quality is one of the most deciding factors for the uptake of OER (Andrade et al., 2011; Ehlers, 2011). This was concluded by the OPAL initiative, which ran from 2010 to 2011 and focused on the provision of innovative Open Educational Practices and the promotion of quality, innovation and transparency in higher and adult education (Andrade et al., 2011; Ehlers, 2011). Since then, a number of studies have been conducted and published which stress the importance of quality in relation to OER uptake. Transparency of quality also remains crucial for the wider adoption, usage and development of OER (Zawacki-Richter et al., 2022). The ENCORE+ project took this as a starting point to consult with European expert stakeholders of OER repositories about their view on how quality for OER repositories can be enhanced.
05 Ehlers, U.-D. Schmidbauer, F. (2022): The ENCORE+ Quality Transparency Framework (ENCORE QTF)ONLINE ACCESS

This report, based on expert interviews, has been produced by the Encore+ project to examine credentialing methodologies in the European OER ecosystem. It is intended to provide impetus to discussion, and so to move forward both debate on the topic and practice in the field.

The report is framed by three educational discourses that converge in the domain of OER:

1) Interoperable representation of learning achievement, including the use of badges.

2) Increasing focus on microcredentials, especially in the context of workplace


3) Competence-based human resources management

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