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Open Education: Open Pedagogy & Communities of Practice

A guide to open educational resources, open pedagogy, and the open ed movement at Gettysburg College

Open Pedagogy

Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy is typically used to refer to a practice of teaching that combines critical pedagogical praxis with the use of open materials. In different situations, this could mean involving students in editing Wikipedia articles, writing supplemental content for an open textbook, or developing their own syllabus for a class. For a fuller explanation of the concept (and additional examples), check out the Open Pedagogy Notebook's "What is Open Pedagogy?".

Examples of Open Pedagogy in the Classroom

Extreme Makeover: Pedagogy Edition - Robin DeRosa (Plymouth State University) describes her experience teaching a first-year seminar designed around the concept of open pedagogy. Students developed their own learning outcomes and course structure and, by the end of the class, wrote a handbook for first year students.

My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice - Another one from Robin DeRosa, explaining the process she and her class undertook to write and publish The Open Anthology of Early American Literature, an open, annotated literature textbook.

Non-majors Science Students as Content Creators- Heather Miceli (Roger Williams University) describes how she structures a required non-majors science course around the interests of students to engage them in scientific investigation and knowledge creation.

Why have students answer questions when they can write them? - A brief argument from Rajiv Jhangiani (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) on the pedagogical effectiveness of having students develop a question bank for an open textbook.

Murder, Madness, and Mayhem - John Beasley-Murray (University of British Columbia) talks the logistics of writing and editing Wikipedia articles as a class assignment.

Open Pedagogy at Gettysburg

ES 128 Oceanography

Professor Tasha Gownaris identified an open textbook that was suitable for her introductory oceanography course. It wasn't quite perfect in that it didn't include content on marine ecology or marine conservation. To fill that gap, she enlisted students in her ES 306 Marine Ecology course to write short pieces on relevant topics that were added to the original textbook. The 300-level students experience an authentic assignment that immediately benefited their peers, and the 100-level students got a customized, free textbook. Win-win!


SPAN 365 Female Authors and Empowerment in Spain’s Golden Age

Professor Chris Oechler's students worked together to create a digital annotated edition of six novels from Mariana de Carvajal y Saavedra’s 1663 collection Navidades de Madrid y noches entretenidas. Their work is cited in Wikipedia and openly licensed and shared in Gettysburg's open access digital repository, The Cupola.

Open Education Communities of Practice

Open Pedagogy Portal - From the Open Education Network, organizers of the Open Textbook Library, the Open Pedagogy Portal is a collection of user-submitted case studies, renewable assignments, and student work used in open pedagogical projects across disciplines.

Rebus Community - From the website: "We are a global community working together to create and share Open Educational Resources (OER). Here you’ll find people, processes, and tools to support your publishing efforts. You can use this platform to: start an open textbook project, give and receive guidance on publishing open textbooks, post and respond to calls for contributors, and connect with global communities that are changing the world through Open Education."

Gettysburg College Open Education Alias - This discussion group is designed to be a community for faculty at Gettysburg College who are actively using OER and open practices to share knowledge. Join us by adding yourself to the OpenEd group in CNAV, or email to be added.