ODU Center for Learning & Teaching Summer Institute: Open Educational Resources (OER): Leveraging Resources for...

As kind of a "final exam" for the Virginia Faculty Collaboratives Project, the steering committee gave a panel presentation at the ODU Center for Learning & Teaching Summer Institute on May 17, 2017.

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  1. The focus of this Storify is our panel presentation on Day 2 of the Summer Institute, though I do touch on some other parts of the Institute that I found interesting.
  2. The Summer Institute began with a keynote by OER Evangelist David Wiley, also known as @OpenContent . His first major point was to define open as free plus permissions (aka "the 5 Rs").
  3. I recall the first time I heard about the 5 Rs, and thinking "What's the big deal? So what?" During David's keynote I realized:
  4. After the opening keynote, David gave a workshop introducing open pedagogy. Once you start teaching with OER, it's natural to start thinking about open pedagogy, which follows directly from the 5Rs. David observed that "open permits us to learn in new ways." By implication, it also allows instructors to teach in different ways.
  5. There is no single definition of open pedagogy, but here is mine. Again, it's hard to grasp if you haven't tried it out. If open education is a philosophy of education that seeks to remove barriers to access, open pedagogy is a philosophy of teaching:
  6. 1. that is learner (or learning)-centered rather than teacher-centered;
  7. 2. that emphasizes student creation of knowledge, rather than just student listening/memorizing facts--if you are teaching a fact-intensive course, think of this as learning by doing;
  8. 3. that uses "reusable," rather than "disposable" assignments, addressed not to the teacher, but to the outside world;
  9. 4. and where the role of the instructor is to be an expert guide on the student's journey of learning, not THE content expert; the one who has been thru the caravan's route many times before, but can't know exactly how this trip will go.
  10. Reusable assignments are those that are created for an external audience and that subsequent students can use and build on.
  11. David highlighted one of the best examples of reusable content I know.
  12. Some random thoughts I had during David's sessions included:
  13. One of the things I observed at the Summer Institute was a lot of misunderstanding about what OER is, what open means. There was frequent conflation of open course materials vs. open textbooks, and adoption of OER vs creation of OER.
  14. Here's one claim I heard.
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