Open Education: A Primer for Faculty

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with intellectual property licenses that facilitate the free use, adaptation and distribution of resources.


The Basics

Open Education 

A broad, international movement that includes Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), open universities, and open educational resources (OER). Open education is an international movement that aims to secure the human right to equitable access to education.

Watch Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani’s talk at the United Nations, Open Educational Practices in Service of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Open Pedagogy

A contested term. More conservative applications (e.g., OER-enabled pedagogy) focus on co-creating resources with students and designing assignments that are openly licensed and publicly accessible. More radical approaches (e.g., critical digital pedagogy) understand opennesss as a value, addressing structural barriers to student success (e.g., opening a student food pantry or childcare service). Similarly, they combine anti-oppressive and liberatory pedagogies with networked learning facilitated by digital collaboration.

Open Educational Resources

While open education is a broad movement, our project focuses mostly on OER. University investment in OER varies widely, as large research universities are more likely to employ open textbook publishing specialists and OER librarians, for example. Luckily, it is still easy to get started and learn the basics of OER on your own.

Read Abbey Elder and Stacy Katz’s OER Starter Kit Workbook.

Open Platforms

Open platforms are non-profit, community-run websites on which anyone can create and share OER.
OER Commons
Open Science Framework

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