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Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources (OER) for Faculty: Open Pedagogy

  • Open Educational Practices (Cronin’s 2018 Open Edu Global presentation):
    • Use / reuse / creation of OER and collaborative, pedagogical practices employing social and participatory technologies for interaction, peer-learning, knowledge creation and sharing, and empowerment of learners.
  • OER-enabled Pedagogy (Wiley & Hilton’s 2018 journal article):
    • A set of teaching and learning practices only possible or practical when you have permission to engage in the 5R activities.


OER use becomes more meaningful in the classroom when it is combined with critical pedagogy, which fosters student agency and nurtures reflection and growth (Stommel, 2014). Robin DeRosa (2015) defines open pedagogy as instruction that:

  • Prioritizes community and collaboration instead of content
  • Connects the academy with the wider public
  • Is skeptical of end-points, final products, gatekeeping, and experts


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Decolonizing the Classroom

In an attempt to decolonize the classroom, one can make many changes:

  • diversify materials and content;
  • teach to learning outcomes that address power and social justice;
  • design assessments that allow diverse students to demonstrate mastery in diverse ways;
  • involve students in the creation of knowledge, content, and curriculum;
  • embrace diverse language usage in interactions, writing and tests;
  • involve oneself at the institutional, local, state and national levels to advocate for equity.

From the April 11. 2019 post, Decolonizing the Classroom: Step 1, written by National Council of Teachers of English member Michael Seward, NCTE Standing Committee on Global Citizenship.

Open Pedagogy Approaches and Case Studies

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Source: The Values of Open Pedagogy by Caroline Sinkinson 

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UC San Diego example of Open Pedagogy

Tell Us How UC it: A Living Archive

As questions, conversations, and debates surrounding social justice come to the surface on college campuses around the country, what role do libraries play? This presentation discusses a project called “Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive” which took root in the sentiments of students on the University of California, San Diego campus.At the heart of the project was the belief that libraries, in their capacity as providers of information, can present a narrative in the hopes of informing their community, starting conversations, and inspiring student action. - Tamara Rhodes and Cristela Garcia-Spitz

Collection, course curriculum and events:



Course: HIEU 164 (Spring 2018)

Title: Early Modern Women Wikipedia Project

Faculty: Ulrike Strasser

Librarians: Sam Dunlap (European history resources), Lia Friedman (Wikipedia overview)

In brief: Students chose a woman in the Early Modern period to research extensively. They were then instructed on how to become a Wikipedia editor and tasked to expand an existing biographical entry or to create a thorough entry of their own. In this way, students learned about knowledge creation through collaboration and by contributing to the actual process.

Student perspective:

Examples of Open Pedagogy everywhere

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