“Open pedagogy, variously defined, comprises a number of core tenets: agency of students in their own learning, creative or innovative ways of learning, and participatory technological tools that enable community learner-generated outcomes."
Open Pedagogy Approaches
Open pedagogy is a type of experiential learning that allows students to take command of their education by creating their own scholarly materials. Instead of passively absorbing knowledge, adopting open pedagogy means that students are actively contributing to knowledge-making. Though not always or necessarily the case, open pedagogy is often coupled with openly licensed materials, meaning that the work students do in the class will go on to help other students in future classes or even the greater academic community at large.
Open pedagogy assignments are shared outside of the context of a classroom. They come in many forms from creating blogs and websites to editing or adding Wikipedia articles to setting up on-campus events. Some professors have the students develop open education resources (OER) like textbooks. Some choose to get students in contact with other scholars and academics through social media platforms like Twitter.
The focus of open pedagogy is manifold. Underlying its approach to classroom curricula are four principles:
These resources are invaluable assets for those interested in learning more about open pedagogy, dense with both theory and also practical advice from people who have used open pedagogy practices in their classes.
If you're an instructor at HSU and you want your open pedagogy project(s) featured on the research guide, follow this link to fill out a form with all the pertinent information we'll need to highlight you and your students' hard work.
The Open Pedagogy Research Guide was developed by Cole Shepard for the HSU Affordable Learning Solutions program.