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.

ENCORE+ starts from the insight that while there are viable, established strategies for OER there is no integrated European OER university-business ecosystem able to identify, catalyse and share best practices.

ENCORE+ will support the uptake of OER through business and academia by sharpening value propositions and implementation strategies for OER in higher education and the world of work.

  1. ENCORE+ develops a European OER innovation area by connecting stakeholder communities & fostering knowledge exchange
  2. ENCORE+ realises a new vision for collaboration and connection between OER repositories in a European OER Ecosystem, encouraging entrepreneurship and empowerment through OER
  3. ENCORE+ fosters the uptake of OER in Europe by stimulating the integration of organisational strategies for OER in business & academia, encouraging both to co-learn from implementations
  4. ENCORE+ establishes open, distributed & trusted community review strategies for OER and involves businesses and HEIs in dialogues on quality and innovation
  5. ENCORE+ engages businesses in the OER ecosystem, demonstrating the innovation potential of open content for human resource development

ENCORE+ will bring about an overarching consensus through sharing expertise across business and higher education; and will sustain community ‘Circles’ that will apply, validate and disseminate outcomes.

ENCORE+ builds the foundation for the European OER Ecosystem which can best support innovation and inclusion in education and training; improve digital skills; improve employability; and share the benefits of open online learning with as many Europeans as possible.

  • Developing a validated, shared vision and roadmap for OER in Europe
  • Providing a sustainable European collaboration model which responds to authentic needs
  • Working with diverse stakeholders to create and pilot the ENCORE+ OER Quality Framework
  • Establishing European OER Strategy Guidelines for higher education & businesses
  • Establishing a well connected European OER Ecosystem of technologies & communities

ENCORE+ will engage within a strategic and sustainable way a number of relevant academia and business stakeholders. We will support their collaborative activity in line with the project five specific objectives:

  • Objective 1: Setup and support a sustained and well mapped European OER stakeholders network based on well connected higher education and business communities (supported in particular through WP2).
  • Objective 2: Foster collaboration and connection of OER European repositories into a European OERrepository ecosystem (WP3).
  • Objective 3: Stimulate the integration of OER institutional strategies within business and academia (WP 4).
  • Objective 4: Demonstrate the innovation potential of OER within business settings and promote successful OER business models (WP 6).
  • Objective 5: Establish an open, distributed and highly trusted community-based OER quality review paradigm and working mechanism (WP 5).


  1. ICDE – International Council for Open and Distance Education, Norway
  2. DHBW – Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany
  3. OUUK – The Open University, United Kingdom
  4. UNIR – International University of La Rioja, Spain
  5. K4A – Knowledge 4 All Foundation, United Kingdom
  6. JOUBEL – Joubel AS, Norway
  7. FPM – Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  8. CANVAS – Instructure Global, Norway
  9. DCU – Dublin City University, United Kingdom
  • Work package 1 – Project Management and Administration
  • Work package 2 – Building the European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education
  • Work package 3 – Technology for the Future European OER Repository Ecosystem
  • Work package 4 – Open Educational Policies and Practices for the Future OER Ecosystem
  • Work package 5 – Quality for the Future European OER Ecosystem
  • Work package 6 – Innovation in a European OER Ecosystem
  • Work package 7 – Quality management and evaluation of the ENCORE+ implementation
  • Work package 8 – Information, dissemination & exploitation