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Faculty Guide on Open Education Resources (OER): Open Pedagogy [Updated]

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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 - a component of OERs - places the student at the center of that learning process in a more engaging, collaborative learning environment. This section explores Open Pedagogy—collaborative teaching and learning practices that help educators to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through OER.

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

  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


This box is adapted from The Nebraska OER Toolkit, which was developed with assistance from the College Libraries Ontario (CLO), the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME).

Why Open Pedagogy Matters?

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.

Examples of Open Pedagogy

From "Free + Freedom: The Role of Open Pedagogy in the Open Education Movement" by Rajiv Jhangiani and Robin DeRosa