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Open education takes centre stage

The German government has announced the launch of an online portal that will provide information about open educational resources.

In a statement published on 2 November, the government said that the €1.2-million online information centre would be created over the next two years by the national German Education Server. The aim is to provide information and advice to increase the use of open educational resources at all levels of the German education system, the government said.

 “With this information centre we are for the first time creating a central port of call for open educational resources in Germany,” said Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, state secretary at the federal education ministry. “This is a big step on the way to a pedagogically meaningful and copyright-compliant use of open educational resources in all areas of education.”

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