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Open Educational Resources (OER): Open Pedagogy

Information and resources for finding, creating, and engaging with OER

What is Open Pedagogy?

Open pedagogy is an approach to teaching and learning that promotes collaboration, transparency, and using OER resources. It encourages instructors and learners to actively participate in creating, sharing, and adapting knowledge. The main goal is to empower learners by promoting openness, inclusivity, and access in education.

Key Characteristics of Open Pedagogy

  1. Collaboration
    • Sharing of knowledge, resources, and ideas (between educators and students)
    • Educators and students collaborate to create and improve educational materials
  2. Use of OER materials
    • Can be openly used, modified, and shared
    • Educators can provide accessible and adaptable content
  3. Learner-Centered Approach
    • Encourages personalized learning
    • Promotes active engagement and critical thinking
    • Recognizes diverse student needs, interests, and backgrounds
  4. Student Agency
    • Encourages students to have active role
    • Promotes student autonomy, self-direction, and involvement
  5. Authentic Assessments
    • Real-world contexts
    • Apply knowledge and skills in meaningful ways
    • Encourages creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration
  6. Iterative Improvement
    • Provide feedback
    • Make revisions
    • Openly share insights and experiences and apply them to enhance materials
  7. Community Engagement
    • Share work/contribute to open educational initiatives
    • Collaborate with experts and/or organizations
  8. Ethical Considerations
    • Encourages attribution and respect for intellectual property rights
    • Adherence to licensing requirements for OER

Resources for Open Pedagogy

  1. Open Pedagogy Notebook
  2. The OER Starter Kit
  3. The Open Pedagogy Student Toolkit. This defines open pedagogy, rights and responsibilities of being a student author, helps students scaffold the procedure, and to prepare students for working in the open.
  4. BCcampus Open Ed
  5. Creative Commons
  6. Tools to Promote Open Pedagogy in the Classroom: Download this article by Michael D. Aldridge. It provides "16 distinct teaching methods that promote open pedagogy". It also contains a section with more resources and "next steps" and examples for anyone wanting to implement open pedagogy.
  7. Open Pedagogy Case Study: Read this example of Open Pedagogy at Plymouth State University. It shows how instructor and student input contributed to the success of their Interdisciplinary Studies program.
  8. My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice: An explanation of how an instructor and students created an OER textbook.
  9. Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science: Discusses topics like open educational resources, open access publishing, and open science.
  10. Open Pedagogy Approaches: Faculty, Library, and Student Collaborations:This book shows how faculty, students, and the library can collaborate to create and use pedagogical practices. It includes case studies, examples, and practical tips for implementing open pedagogy.