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Open Educational Resources (OER)

An everevolving guide to assist faculty in finding and using OER

What is Open Pedagogy


•Open pedagogy 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.

Benefits of Open Pedagogy

  • Centers student agency  

  • Deconstructs traditional power structures 

  • Allows for deeper learning 

  • Invites students in to be co-creators in knowledge 

  • Contributes to knowledge beyond the assignment  

  • Creates a more inclusive learning environment 

  • Demonstrates transparency 

Attributes of Open Pedagogy

OER and Open Pedagogy

“OER-enabled pedagogy” is the set of teaching and learning practices that are only possible or practical in the context of the 5R permissions that are characteristic of OER. (Wiley and Hilton, 2018) 

Examples include:

  • Collaborative Syllabus or Blank Syllabus Assignment
  • Create guides to direct other students through readings or lectures.
  • Test Banks: students create test bank questions
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Add diverse points of view to existing OER.
  • Textbook Adaptation: Turn a general studies OER into a content-specific text.
  • Wikipedia Contributors: Update or create information on a course topic.

Open Pedagogy Introduction

Considerations for Using Open Pedagogy


  • Acknowledge the Risk
    • Increased visibility 
  • Understanding your tools
    • Use accessible technology and scaffold
  • Educate students on ownership and copyright
  • Be considerate of student privacy
  • Appropriate tools for assessment

Credits: Adapted from Foundations of Open Educational Resources by Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, CC BY 4.0

Get Started with Open Pedagogy

Ancillary Example

Textbook Example

Wikipedia Example