Understand the concept of Open Educational Practices
In the webinar you have heard about Open Educational Practices (OEP). The first task is to fully understand what OEP means, making sure that you can make the best out of your use of OER in your daily practice. Making your resources open, for example, by applying a Creative Commons license to your material, does not automatically mean that you are adopting Open Educational Practices.
On the other hand, Open Educational Practices are "the next phase in OER development which will see a shift from a focus on resources to a focus on open educational practices being a combination of open resources use and open learning architectures to transform learning into 21st century learning environments in which universities’, adult learners and citizens are provided with opportunities to shape their lifelong learning pathways in an autonomous and self-guided way".
Two definitions of OEP are proposed:
- The Open Educational Quality (OPAL) Initiative define Open Educational Practices as "the use of Open Educational Resources to raise the quality of education and training and innovate educational practices on institutional, professional and individual level".
- The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE): "Open Educational Practices are defined as practices which support the production, use and reuse of high quality open educational resources (OER) through institutional policies, which promote innovative pedagogical models, and respect and empower learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning path".