The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Open Pedagogy

Goals for this session

  1. Recognize the characteristics of open pedagogical practice.
  2. Consider options for making your teaching (and learning) practices open.
  3. Find resources related to open pedagogy.

What Does Open Pedagogy Mean?

Open pedagogy "defined"

  • Open pedagogy is OER-enabled teaching and learning.
  • Open pedagogy incorporates open practices.
  • Open pedagogy gives students agency.

What is OER-Enabled Pedagogy?

An OER is licensed such that it gives users permission to: 

  • Retain - the right to own, archive, and make copies of the content
  • Reuse - content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise - content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix - original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute - copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form

From David Wiley

OER-enabled pedagogy uses openly-licensed materials to allow students to engage differently with learning materials.

What are Open Practices and How Do They Contribute to Student Agency?

Open Practices

  • Producing work that is openly accessible and/or openly licensed
  • Producing work that has value beyond the immediate assignment

Student Agency

  • Students have choice in how they demonstrate learning
  • Students develop partnership with faculty in their learning processes
  • Students make connections between personal learning goals and course goals


  • Students create supplemental materials for an open textbook
    • Annotations
    • Slides
    • Videos
    • Worked examples
    • Illustrations
    • Test/homework questions
  • Students update/revise openly licensed materials
    • Create case studies
    • Update examples
    • Add new content
  • Students create other kinds of educational materials
    • Study guides
    • Board games
    • Assignments

The Fun Part! How Would You Open Your Pedagogy?

Take five minutes with others nearby (or on your own) and come up with an open assignment that you could incorporate in your teaching. Keep it simple! Report out to the group. Zoom participants, share via chat!

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Let's Talk More!

Jill Hallam-Miller

Jill Hallam-Miller
Phone: 570-577-2055