OER Adoption and Open Pedagogy

OER adoption

This application of OER involves replacing traditional textbooks or closed, copyrighted materials with OER.  Some examples include:

  • Digital/open textbooks (tailored to the course).
  • Online learning modules.
  • Lesson plans.
  • Videos.

OER Commons provides resources for instructors to find and create lessons, interactive modules and media rich text.

Open pedagogy

Open pedagogy goes beyond OER adoption by having students create, revise and remix their class materials. Instead of reading an open textbook or completing online modules as consumers, students become the authors and developers of the work that they, and future students, will use in the class. Because there is not currently OER content for all specialized courses, these assignments remove the burden from the professor of needing to locate and edit OER.

The following table presents potential applications of open pedagogy to illustrate how this can be accomplished in university classrooms.

Potential applications of open pedagogy
OER Application Description Assignment
Open Textbook Students edit an existing open textbook to tailor it to the course. If an OER textbook does not yet exist, students create a new one. Place students into groups and select sections of the book for them to work on. Students complete research on the topic and submit a draft to the instructor or TA for review prior to it being added to the book.
Open Video Presentations Students create video presentations using open-source or their own video footage.  Students post their videos to YouTube to present to the world.  Place students into groups. Some examples of videos students can create include solving worked problems, summarizing different concepts, presenting a debate or demonstrating specific skills.
Class Wiki Wikipages are online platforms that allow multiple users to create and edit pages.  Wikipages are free for educational use and the instructor can monitor individual student contributions. Individual students contribute to a class wiki. The wiki could be used to help them prepare for exams, present a class anthology or be a course Wikipedia page.
Wikipedia Wikipedia offers students an opportunity to improve or create pages based on the content being learned in class. Students can work individually or in groups to edit or create specific course-related Wikipedia pages.
Study Materials There are endless possibilities of different types of study materials students can create.  These can be licensed by Creative Commons and made available on a course website or wikipage. Students can work individually or in groups to develop study materials: review games, study guides, test question bank, learning modules, etc.

Many more ideas are available at openedgroup.org/oer-enabled-pedagogy