Language: en, de

Constant change and our future well-being require continuous, self-organized 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):

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.

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:

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.

lernOS Quick-Start-Guide (Version 0.3)

lernOS Guides

The lernOS Core provides guides at the individual, team and organizational levels. The lernOS Toolbox provides further guides to proven tools and methods that promote good knowledge management practices. The lernOS content can be downloaded in various formats and languages. Currently available:

lernOS Core              
lernOS for You Die Kunst des selbstgesteuerten, lebenslangenen Lernens de de de de de de
lernOS for Teams (noch nicht verfügbar)            
lernOS for Organisatizations Gemeinsam Lernende Organisationen entwickeln de de de de de de
lernOS Toolbox              
Mindfulness 4.2 Dein Weg ist das Ziel de de de     de
BarCamp WE bring the Structure, YOU bring the Content! de de de de de de
Community Management Soziales Lernen im Netzwerk de de de de de de
Expert Debriefing   de de de de de de
Podcasting Wissen teilen mit Podcasts de de de de de de
Prozess Modelling If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process,you don’t know what you’re doing   de        
Sketchnoting   de, en de, en de, en de, en de, en de, en

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.

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 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).