Open Educational Resources (OER), Teaching

Introduction to Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy is a set of pedagogical practices that include engaging students in content creation and making learning accessible to all. It asks instructors to consider renewable assignments, which students create for the purpose of sharing and releasing as OER. This means teaching students about many important aspects of creating content: copyright, citations, fair use, Creative Commons, and open education. 

There are many examples of instructors using open pedagogy in higher education, by having students create:

  • Wikipedia entries on underrepresented groups
  • Digital textbooks of diverse voices in their field
  • Visual timelines of history in their areas of study or course work
  • Virtual exhibits of freely licensed materials in their field
  • And more!

The Open Pedagogy Notebook is a website that shares stories and community practices on open pedagogy examples in the classroom. The OER Starter Toolkit also covers many aspects of open pedagogy. David Wiley’s “What is Open Pedagogy?” is a great introduction to the topic.

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