Merging the principles of Open Pedagogy and Online Course Design increases the efficacy of each.
The principles of online course design can be used to embed Open Educational Resources (OER) seamlessly into our classes. This integration helps students more successfully interact with the textbook and helps highlight the connections between the text and our course content. The licensing of OER allows us to modify the content to match our course design and to embed the relevant sections of the text directly into our course site. We will discuss strategies and resources to customize and integrate OER into our courses.
Open Teaching Practices provide a framework for developing enduring and engaging course assignments. Traditional assignments (such as a term paper) can be seen by students as “disposable” because the instructor is the only person likely to read the paper. Then, the student gets the paper back and end of the semester sees the end of the project. But what if the students’ work persisted past the end of the semester? What if they were able to add to the lasting knowledge base online? Students in introductory classes are contributing to Wikipedia, writing textbooks, and creating study resources for future classes. We will discuss some simple (and some more complex) assignments based on the principles of Open Pedagogy. We will begin building a public document of ideas during the presentation; participants are encouraged to add ideas during the discussion or after the presentation.
• Identify resources for customizing OER.
• Integrate OER into their online course.
• List examples of assignments based on Open Teaching Practices.