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Open Educational Resources (OER): Open Pedagogy

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational material that are freely available to use, share, adapt, and reuse.

What is Open Pedagogy?

Open Educational Resources can be more than a way to save money. They can provide an opportunity to make teaching and learning more innovative and engaging. OER can be the product of open pedagogy, which is the practice of engaging with students as creators of information rather than simply consumers of it. It's a form of experiential learning in which students demonstrate understanding through the act of creation. The products of open pedagogy are student created and openly licensed so that they may live outside of the classroom in a way that has an impact on the greater community. David Wiley is credited with coining the term open pedagogy, and he contrasts this type of learning assessment with "disposable assignments" that have no value once a grade is assigned. Below are some examples of ways in which open pedagogical practices can be put into action as well as resources to help you get started. 

Students as Textbook Contributors

A professor collaborates with students in an American literature survey course to create an open anthology of public domain literature to replace a commercial text.

Students as Question Bank Authors

Students write multiple-choice questions in a social psychology course that uses an open textbook for which there is no associated question bank.

Students as OER Adapters

Students adapt an existing open textbook to create a new version tailored for instructional designers.

Students as Community Partners

Students in a service-learning course design an interactive game for their community partner, the university library, to integrate into the library's information literacy program.

Open Pedagogy Resources