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Open Educational Resources

A resource guide on Open Educational Resources

What is Open Pedagogy?

Open pedagogy is the practice of engaging with students as creators of information rather than simply consumers of information. It's a form of experiential, active, and innovative learning in which students demonstrate understanding through the act of creation. Students are active rather than passive participants in the creation of public knowledge and scholarship.

Open projects frequently result in the creation of OER.  Like all OER which adhere to the 5 r's, they are openly licensed and can come in many forms and formats: fully self-contained textbooks, videos, quizzes, learning modules, databases and more.

Free + Freedom: The Role of Open Pedagogy in the Open Education Movement, by Rajiv Jhangiani, licensed CC BY 

"Disposable assignments" and "renewable assignments":  what's the difference?

David Wiley defines "disposable assignments" as "any assignment about which students and faculty understand the following: students will do the work, faculty will grade the work, students will throw away the work," whereas a "renewable assignment" is one where:

  • Students will do the work
  • Faculty will grade the work
  • The work is inherently valuable to someone beyond the class
  • The work is openly published so those other people can find and use (5R) it."

Where to find OP projects:

Open Pedagogy Portal from the Open Education Network (OEN)

Renewable assignments from Designing with OER (DOER) Fellows through the Open Education Group

Open Pedagogy Notebook: "We might think about Open Pedagogy as an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education AND as a process of designing architectures and using tools for learning that enable students to shape the public knowledge commons of which they are a part."

WikiEducation Foundation: Wiki Education envisions a world in which students, scholars, scientists, archivists, librarians, and other members of academic and cultural institutions are actively engaged in sharing their knowledge with the general public through Wikipedia, Wikidata, and other open collaboration projects on the web.

Public Knowledge Project: Open Course Journals

Smith College ScholarWorks Open Pedagogy: Selected Works See our growing collection of Smith-created open pedagogy.


A Guide to Making Textbooks with Students: A handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other Open Educational Resources. Compiled by Rebus Community.

Changing our (Dis)Course: A Distinctive Social Justice Aligned Definition of Open Education: Sarah Lambert's 2018 paper points to the ways in which open education that includes open pedagogy works to address the principles of social justice:

  • Redistributive Justice. Free educational resources, textbooks or courses to learners who by circumstance of socio-cultural position cannot afford them, particularly learners who could be excluded from education or be more likely to fail due to lack of access to learning materials.

  • Recognitive Justice. Socio-cultural diversity in the open curriculum. Inclusion of images, case studies, and knowledges of women, First Nations people and whomever is marginalised in any particular national, regional or learning context. Recognition of diverse views and experiences as legitimate within open assignments and feedback.

  • Representational Justice. Self-determination of marginalised people and groups to speak for themselves, and not have their stories told by others. Co-construction of OER texts and resources about learners of colour by learners of colour, about women’s experiences by women, about gay experiences by gay identifying people.  Facilitation to ensure quiet and minority views have equal air-time in open online discussions.