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Using OER and open pedagogy

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Strategies of using OER in teaching can broadly be categorized into two approaches: adopting and adapting open materials instead of copyrighted ones, and engaging in open pedagogy.

Adopting and adapting OER

Adopting and adapting OER means that you switch from a copyrighted material to an open one. This process can be summarized in three steps:

  • Identify what copyright-protected materials you use and would like to replace
  • Find open alternatives that can be used to achieve the same learning goals
  • Adapt found open materials to match your teaching style, students’ needs, and course learning goals

Open pedagogy

Open pedagogy refers to teaching formats and practices that capitalize on the fact that OER are adaptable, and can be freely shared. Central to the philosophy of open pedagogy is the student as an empowered, active co-creator of knowledge. Instead of asking students to create assignments that are disposable, in open pedagogy settings, students create (or alter existing) open materials and knowledge items that are then shared with the world. This way, students can contribute to the body of knowledge, gain meaningful learning experiences, and claim ownership of the learning process, potentially increasing their motivation to learn. The impact of their work and learning is more visible too.

Examples of open pedagogy at the University of Groningen:

Open Science Bites - podcast of the UG: Three views on open education
Episode 1: Increasing student motivation through co-creating open educational material (Anoek Sluiter-Oerlemans)

Anoek Sluiter-Oerlemans, Assistant Professor in Youth Studies at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, shares her views on and experiences with open education. Anoek recently decided to start implementing open educational resources. She involved students in co-creating teaching materials for a course on research methods for the MA programmes in Youth, Society and Policy and Deafblindness.

Anoek Sluiter-Oerlemans - Increasing student motivation through co-creating open educational material
Anoek Sluiter-Oerlemans - Increasing student motivation through co-creating open educational material
Episode 2: Open education - Buzzword or added value to  teaching? (Sander van Lanen)

Sander van Lanen, Assistant Professor in cultural geography at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, developed the open textbook ‘Introduction to academic research’ by reusing texts that were already openly available. In this episode, Sander shares his experiences with creating open educational material. He also reflects on the purpose of open education and the benefit for students. Is it a means of connecting with society or preparing students for the workforce?

Sander van lanen
Sander van Lanen - Open education - Buzzword or added value to teaching?
Episode 3: Fostering diversity in knowledge production (Rashid Gabdulhakov)

Rashid Gabdulhakov, assistant professor at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies at the Faculty of Arts, developed two fully open online courses in collaboration with IWPR, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. The courses aim to help non-Western scholars to navigate the Western system of academic knowledge production. Rashid shares his experiences with open educational resources and he also reflects on how inclusive and diverse the knowledge creation process is.

Rashid Gabdulhakov Fostering diversity in knowledge production
Rashid Gabdulhakov - Fostering diversity in knowledge production

Finding proper OER

Regardless of what strategy you employ, it starts by finding an OER to use or a niche to fill with your own OER. The OER support point can help with that! You can reach us via the email listed below, or find collections of OER as well as tips for a successful search strategy in our Library Guide.

Contact & support

  • Practical information: OER Library Guide.
  • Questions: contact us at oer-library
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