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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

This guide provides information about Open Educational Resources, or OER.

What is Open Pedagogy?

Open pedagogy is the practice of involving students in the creation of scholarship. It's a way to help students contribute to knowledge rather than simply consuming it. Considered a form of experiential learning, open pedagogy allows students to learn through practice and experiment with their own creativity and direction. Frequently, the output of students involved in open pedagogy will result in collaborative products that are openly licensed and accessible to others. 

There are many ways to involve students in the creation of knowledge. Some professors allow students to perform research and then correct or contribute to a Wikipedia page. Others ask students to create blogs or websites detailing their learning and experiences. Some simply ask students to learn about a topic and then create problems for other students to solve. There are professors who allow students to annotate and discuss readings with each other and even those outside of the class visibly on the web. Other instructors facilitate open chats with students, authors, and experts through Twitter. Some students even produce open, online textbooks that can be used by the larger education community. 

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From "Free + Freedom: The Role of Open Pedagogy in the Open Education Movement" by Rajiv Jhangiani and Robin DeRosa

Learn About Open Pedagogy:

Open Pedagogy Notebook is a website is designed to serve as a resource for educators interested in learning more about Open Pedagogy. There are concrete examples, which include both classroom-tested practices and budding ideas, and to consider contributing examples of your own experiments with open pedagogy. This Notebook builds on the work of a great open colleague Terry Greene and The Open Faculty Patchbook, which exists in both website and book form.

Renewable assignments provide students with opportunities to engage in meaningful work, add value to the world, and provide a foundation for future students to learn from and build upon. The Open Education Group is an interdisciplinary research group that (1) conducts original, rigorous, empirical research on the impact of OER adoption on a range of educational outcomes and (2) designs and shares methodological and conceptual frameworks for studying the impact of OER adoption. We also teach courses in topics relating to open education.

A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students, a handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other Open Educational Resources. This is a first edition, compiled by Rebus Community.

Course journal projects are an example of open pedagogy: open educational practices that involve students as producers, rather than just consumers, of knowledge. They can be run in almost any for-credit course, in any subject at the upper-undergraduate or graduate level, and can take a variety of formats and approaches. Students who participate in the production of an online, open access journal develop skills in peer reviewing and copyediting while learning about scholarly publishing concepts.

Tools and Resources

Enhancing Pedagogy via Open Educational Practices

Open Pedagogy Examples

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