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Open Pedagogy

What is Open Pedagogy?

Open Pedagogy refers to collaborative teaching and learning practices that help educators to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through OER.

Below is a framework for Open Pedagogy, proposed by Bronwyn Hegarty. Developing "openness" can be challenging. For example, educators may be uncomfortable sharing their work or inviting peer review in open platforms. Open Pedagogy does require a change in mindset to develop openness and work in a specific way; however, most educators already collaborate and share, and the attributes listed below are about extending that current practice.

Eight Attributes of Open Pedagogy
  1. Participatory Technologies - Use Web 2.0 and mobile apps to connect around learning
  2. People, Openness, Trust - Develop trust and openness for working with others
  3. Innovation & Creativity - Encourage spontaneous innovation and creativity
  4. Sharing Ideas & Resources - Share freely to enable the fair dissemination of knowledge
  5. Connected Community - Participate in a connected community of professionals
  6. Learner Generated - Facilitate learners‘ contributions to OER
  7. Reflective Practice - Engage in opportunities for reflective practice
  8. Peer Review - Contribute to open critique of others‘ scholarship


Why Open Pedagogy Matters

It matters because:

  • It supports students in developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • It enables educators to expand their academic competencies, and create more collaborative, engaging learning experiences for students.
  • Overall, it helps to democratize teaching and learning.
Examples of Open Pedagogy
Open Dialogues: Maja Krzic 

Watch Professor Maja Krzic from the University of British Columbia as she shares how her soil science course is enhanced by OER.

Putting Public Back in Public Higher Education

Watch Robin DeRosa describe how her students at Plymouth State helped create their own course materials from the public domain while dramatically reducing their costs.



Putting Public Back in Public Higher Education video transcript

Collaborate on Open Pedagogy

Here are some ways that faculty can benefit from library staff expertise in the implementation of open pedagogy.

  • Peer ReviewLibrary staff have expertise in digital accessibility and information literacy. They can review and help align your OER to accessibility requirements and information literacy learning outcomes/objectives.
  • Resource SharingLibrary staff know metadata, licensing, and how to best organize digital materials to enable the widespread sharing of the OER that you create.
  • Participatory TechnologiesLibrary staff have experience with authoring and publishing platforms, and with Web 2.0. They can guide you on the use of these technologies, toward the design of course projects and content that engage students around OER.
  • Connected CommunityAs representatives of your college library, library staff can help explore new channels and approaches to OER outreach and community building. They can also serve as potential partners on presentations and trainings that inspire others to participate in OER.

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