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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide contains information on finding and evaluating open educational resources (OER), including open textbooks and open teaching tools.

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Scholarly Communication Librarian

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John Martin
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Denton, TX 76203-5017
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What is Open Pedagogy?

What is Open Pedagogy? 

"Open pedagogy refers to collaborative teaching and learning practices that help educators to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through OER." (from the College Libraries Ontario OER Toolkit). 

Open pedagogical practices can include collaborative curriculum development, open peer review, partnership with students on instruction and learning, development of new OER materials, publication of open access scholarship or pedagogical work.

Eight Attributes of Open Pedagogy (Bronwyn Hegarty)

1. Participatory technologies: Use Web 2.0 and mobile apps to connect around learning

2. People, Openness, Trust: Develop trust and openness in working with others

3. Innovation & Creativity: Encourage spontaneous innovation and creativity

4. Sharing Ideas & Resources: Share freely to enable fair dissemination of knowledge

5. Connected Community: Participate in a connected community of professionals

6. Learner Generated: Facilitate learners' contributions to OER

7. Reflective Practice: Engage in opportunities to reflect on teaching & learning

8. Peer Review: Contribute to open critiques of scholarship

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Open Tools for Teaching

See also the Digital Pedagogy page on our Digital Scholarship guide for some related resources.

Some free or open-source tools to use in the classroom:

  • Anchor: a free platform for creating and distributing podcasts.
  • an online annotation tool that lets students annotate and collaborate with any online document. (see: Quick-Start Guide)
  • Omeka (Classic): a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.
  • Storyboarder: a free and open-source storyboarding application that may be used for art, film, writing, advertising, or other projects.
  • TimelineJS: an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines.
  • TruCollector SPLOT: A Wordpress theme for quick and easy collaborative curation of digital objects.
  • Wordpress: Create a free website or blog.
  • Wikipedia : a free online encyclopedia and community (see: How to Use Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool)
  • Other free and open software for projects of all kinds.

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