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lernOS is an open system for lifelong learning and learning organisations. The functioning of lernOS is described in openly available guides. lernOS can be easily practised as individual, in a team or in the whole organisation.

If you start as a single person, we recommend that you start together in a Circle (4-5 persons) or at least in a learning tandem (2 persons). You can easily find like-minded people in the lernOS Community CONNECT, where you can also find the lernOS Circlefinder.

lernOS Quick-Start-Guide (Version 0.3)

The lernOS Quick-Start-Guide (only German) provides a quick introduction into the topic and the most important concepts of lernOS (Download as PDF, PPT).

With the lernOS Web-Presentation (only German) you can easily present lernOS at events, barcamps, meetups, conferences, departmental rounds, regular meetings etc.

Why lernOS?

Constant change and our future well-being require continuous learning. Lifelong learning as well as learning in teams and organisations ensures a good future for all of us (see also OECD Learning Compass 2030).

What is lernOS?

With lernOS it is like with the blind men and the elephant: seen from different angles, lernOS means different things. The most important angles are:

lernOS Guides

Der lernOS Core stellt Leitfäden auf den Ebenen Individuum, Team und Organisation bereit. Die lernOS Inhalte können in verschiedenen Formaten und Sprachen heruntergeladen werden. Der lernOS Core besteht aus drei Leitfäden:

The lernOS Core provides guides on the levels individual, team and organisation. The lernOS content can be downloaded in different formats and languages. The lernOS Core consists of three guides:

The lernOS Toolbox provides further guides to proven tools and methods that promote good knowledge management. Currently available:

On CONNECT there is an overview of contact persons and other guides/learning paths that are currently being worked on.

Videos, Podcasts, Blogs etc.

lernOS has already been discussed in many lectures, discussions, podcasts, blogs etc. A small selection:

lernOS Supporter

lernOS Supporter are organisations that support the application and further development of lernOS. Every lernOS supporter receives a seat in the lernOS Advisory Board (€ 1.000,- per year, participation in 3 advisory board meetings) and can support, shape and actively participate in the development. Organisations can become lernOS supporters at any time (contact Cogneon).

Current lernOS Supporter:

  1. DATEV, represented by Simone Wanken
  2. Ernst & Young (EY), represented by Alessa Münch
  3. Lebensversicherung von 1871, represented by Kathrin Falkenstein
  4. SAP, vertreten durch Thomas Jenewein
  5. Siemens Heathineers, represented by Thao Nguyen
  6. Telekom, represented by Winfried Ebner


lernOS is available as free cultural work under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY). According to the Open Definition you can freely access, modify and share the content.

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lernOS FAQ

Where can I find the DOCX, HTML, MOBI and EPUB files for the guides?

In the web version of the guide, click on the link to the GitHub repository in the upper right corner. There you will find the files in the folder for the respective language version (e.g. de, en).

Can I read the lernOS guides on an e-book reader like the Kindle?

Yes, on GitHub, the guides are available in EPUB and Mobipocket format. E.g. on Kindle you just need to send the mobi file to the Kindle’s email address (shown in the settings). For e-book management software like Calibre, you can simply drag and drop the epub file to add it.

Can I use and modify lernOS content?

Yes, you can and we even want you to do that! For this reason lernOS is released under the Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0. You can download, use and modify the content. You can use lernOS content in private and commercial contexts.

Can I offer commercial products and services with lernOS in the name?

No. Individual products and services must not contain the term “lernOS” in their name (e.g. “lernOS Lernwerkstatt”). This is like Open Source Webbrowser Chromium, whose source code anyone can use. Products based on it must have a different name (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Flock, Brave).

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