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The Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap

Fostering a Dynamic, Interactive Learning Environment


What will I be doing?

Open pedagogy projects can be multi-faceted, single-semester, or multi-year, resulting in any number of student-authored/created/directed scholarly or non-scholarly outputs. These outputs could include, for example, a public-facing blog post, translating a Wikipedia page, creating a digital scholarly edition, socially annotating, revising an open textbook, and/or contributing to crowd-sourced transcription projects. 

The Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap is a module-based workshop. 

That will help you plan, find support for, share, and sustain your open pedagogy project, regardless of its size or scope. The Roadmap will take you through four modules guiding you through the 5 Ss of open pedagogy projects: Scope, Support, Students, Sharing, and Sustainability.

Why complete this Roadmap?

While there are many affordances of open pedagogy projects for students and instructors alike, there are nuances that you may have yet to consider for traditional assignments, which stay within the closed digital or physical classroom learning environment. Open pedagogy projects are designed to share with the future public -- be that with prospective students or out on the web -- to be reused, revised, or remixed. Open pedagogy projects also invite students into a different relationship with instructors and with knowledge. They ask students to be collaborators and creators instead of learners and consumers. Thus, there are additional considerations for both instructors and students alike. 

When would I use the Open Pedagogy Roadmap?

Ideally, you could design your Roadmap in your project's formulation or beginning stages. However, as with any assignment or project, open pedagogy projects are iterative and need revising and rethinking to be sustainable. If you have already launched your project, the Open Pedagogy Roadmap will help guide you through that iterative process.


Open Educational Resources (OER)are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers and carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (Creative Commons license) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. (SPARC)

Open Pedagogy has many definitions. For this Roadmap, we are defining open pedagogy as projects or assignments which have the characteristics of engaging with students as creators of information rather than simply consumers of it; experiential learning in which students demonstrate understanding through the act of creation; inviting students to be part of the teaching process/participating in the co-creation of knowledge; moving away from single-use assignments in favor of situated, collaborative, and renewable ones; Student agency in deciding if and how their work is shared.

Case Studies

OER Repositories for Finding and Sharing Work

Getting Started with OER and Open Pedagogy

Finding Support and Collaborators

Documenting your open pedagogy work in Promotion, Tenure, and CVs

The Inspiration for The Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap

  • Visual Media Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh. The Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap. Accessed January 2021. http://sustainingdh.net.

"The Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap" by Christina Riehman-Murphym and Bryan McGeary is licensed CC BY-NC 4.0.

Brief Description

The Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap is an instrumental guide designed to facilitate the integration of Open Pedagogy, advancing the use of open educational resources to cultivate a dynamic, participatory learning environment. As a crucial resource for educators, it aids in transitioning towards collaborative and inclusive teaching practices while guaranteeing equitable access to learning materials.

OER Program Assistant

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Juergen Riedelsheimer
Ph.D. Student | Cognitive Neuroscience of Music | BCMI |
ISU | Cal Poly Humboldt | UC Irvine |