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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 Education Communities of Practice

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.