Through open licencing, OER opens up possibilities for new, more collaborative teaching and learning practices—because the materials can be used, adapted and shared within and across learning communities. This module explores Open Pedagogy—collaborative teaching and learning practices that help educators to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through OER. The module also suggests ways that educators can work with the Centre for Teaching and Learning to further their practice of 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
Participatory Technologies - Use Web 2.0 and mobile apps to connect around learning
People, Openness, Trust - Develop trust and openness for working with others
Innovation & Creativity - Encourage spontaneous innovation and creativity
Sharing Ideas & Resources - Share freely to enable the fair dissemination of knowledge
Connected Community - Participate in a connected community of professionals
Learner Generated - Facilitate learners‘ contributions to OER
Reflective Practice - Engage in opportunities for reflective practice
Peer Review - Contribute to open critique of others' scholarship
Why Does Open Pedagogy Matter?
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.
Collaborate on Open Pedagogy
Here are some ways that faculty can benefit from the expertise of Centre for Teaching and Learning staff in the implementation of open pedagogy.
Tools and Resources
The OER Toolkit was a developed by Colleges Libraries Ontario (CLO) and the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME).