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Open Educational Resources Guide

This guide is intended to help students and faculty learn how to discover, evaluate, choose, and use Open Educational Resources (OER).

Eight Qualities of Open Pedagogy

  1. open = agency -- Learners are individuals and independent agents within the learning process. They are allowed to operate independently and explore with personal freedom.
  2. open = choice -- Learners choose their own pace, their own direction, and their own connections.
  3. open = expansion -- The learning network is an open-ended and ever-expanding network of nodes. Each node in the network represents a connection, a possibility for learning. Everything in the network is a project.
  4. open = creativity -- Openness translates to rich possibilities that inspire new perspectives and ideas.
  5. open = student-constructed -- Learners take responsibility for their learning networks and are active participants in its planning and growth.
  6. open = open-ended problems -- Learning design is focused less on specific outcomes or competencies than on process. It is about empowering learners to create real solutions to real problems.
  7. open: unmeasurable outcomes -- Traditional outcome measurement implies the learning is static and closed.
  8. open = risk and goodness -- Choosing often leads to unexpected and unpredictable results. While there is risk associated with the unknown, there is even greater reward and goodness.

Source: "Eight Qualities of Open Pedagogy,"  NextThought, 2019