Task 1 - understanding openness in teaching

To get an understanding of how openness (starting with using OER) is changing the way courses are and will be designed and delivered in the future, please read the following chapter.

  • "The implications of 'open' for course and program design: towards a paradigm shift?" (click!)

The chapter presents a number of dimensions of change related to course design and course delivery, connected with the introduction of OER and openness in education.

Quoting from the text: “Open educational resources do have an important role to play in online education, but they need to be properly designed and developed within a broader learning context that includes the critical activities needed to support learning, such as opportunities for student-instructor and peer interaction, and within a culture of sharing, such as consortia of equal partners and other frameworks that provide a context that encourages and supports sharing. In other words, OER need skill and hard work to make them useful, and selling them as a panacea for education does more harm than good.”

 

A useful tool to work with Open Educational Practices is the Open Pedagogy Matrix, which was created by Mary Burgess, Tracy Kelly and Amanda Coolidge of BCCampus for a webinar during Open Education Week 2015.

The matrix encourages educators to reflect on open practices by mapping openness (of resources or approach) against learning design (ranging from learner-centred to teacher-centred). Although the matrix presents Open/Closed and Learner-centred/Teacher-centred as discrete poles, the authors acknowledge that this is simply a tool to prompt reflection and discussion, with the goal of working towards more open, learner-centred pedagogies. The authors welcome additional contributions to the matrix (particularly examples in Quadrant 1) in this open Google Doc: Open Pedagogy examples. For further information on the Open Pedagogy Matrix please see: Open Pedagogy: Moving Forward by Tracy Kelly.

 

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