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 library staff to further their practice of Open Pedagogy.

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.


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 library staff expertise in the implementation of open pedagogy.

  • Peer Review

Library staff have expertise in digital accessibility and information literacy. They can review and help align your OER to accessibility requirements and information literacy learning outcomes/objectives.

  • Resource Sharing

​​​​​​​Library staff know metadata, licensing, and how to best organize digital materials to enable the widespread sharing of the OER that you create.

  • Participatory Technologies

​​​​​​​Library staff have experience with authoring and publishing platforms, and with Web 2.0. They can guide you on the use of these technologies, toward the design of course projects and content that engage students around OER.

  • Connected Community

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As representatives of your college library, library staff can help explore new channels and approaches to OER outreach and community building. They can also serve as potential partners on presentations and trainings that inspire others to participate in OER.

Tools and Resources


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