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Teaching (Open Pedagogy)

What is Open Pedagogy?

Through open licensing, 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. Open Pedagogy refers to collaborative teaching and learning practices that helps you to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through OER. Developing "openness" can be challenging. Below is a framework for Open Pedagogy, proposed by Bronwyn Hegarty.

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

Attribution: The Eight Attributes of Open Pedagogy is an excerpt of "The Eight Attributes of Open Pedagogy- Multiplying OER Impact: Building In-service Teacher OER Capacity for Graduate Credit ABOER" [podcast transcript] by Dr Connie Blomgren, PhD & Verena Roberts licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. "What is Open Pedagogy" by WikiEducator is available under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License unless otherwise noted.

Why Does Open Pedagogy Matter?

It matters because:

  • it supports students in developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • it enables you to expand your academic competencies, and create more collaborative, engaging learning experiences for students.
  • overall, it helps to democratise teaching and learning.


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