An open question: beyond a resource and technology based understanding of Open Educational Practices (OEP)

Havemann, Leo and Marsh, J. Dawn (2017). An open question: beyond a resource and technology based understanding of Open Educational Practices (OEP). In: LearnFest 2017: Connected Learners, Connected Teachers, 6-17 Nov 2017, Hamilton, New Zealand. (Unpublished)



It has been argued that both Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) have the potential to enhance teaching and learning quality, and widen access to education (Andrade et al., 2011). However, although the 'open' in OER is now closely associated with the technology-enabled distribution of content, primarily through open licensing, the precise 'openness' of OEP is more elusive. While inclusive of opening content, OEP embraces a wider range of activities, including sharing practices, engaging in innovative and collaborative pedagogies, and working 'in the open' (Cronin, 2017; Havemann, 2016; Masterman, 2016; Nascimbeni & Burgos, 2016). In this workshop we invite participants to engage with the definition of the term ?open? holistically by participating in a group-based mapping exercise that involves locating exemplars of educational activity on an openness continuum, across multiple dimensions. This is intended to inform the construction of a framework of openness in learning, teaching and research.


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