Open Education Practices
|Introduction to open education resources and practices|
|Open Education Resources (OER) and Open Education Practices (OEP)||Objectives | What is an open education resource (OER)? | Open education practices (OEP) | e-Activity | Summary|
- Open educational practices (OEP)
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) defines Open Educational Practices (OEP) as follows:
"Practices which support the production, use and reuse of high quality open educational resources (OER) through institutional policies, which promote innovative pedagogical models, and respect and empower learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning path. OEP address the whole OER governance community: policy makers, managers and administrators of organizations, educational professionals and learners."
- If you want to read more about OEP, I suggest Ulf-Daniel Ehlers' article, Extending the Territory: From OER to OEP.
Becoming an open educational practitioner, as you may now realise, involves a philosophical shift in thinking. OEP is a deeper process involving more than just making use of OERs. Of course, the big dilemma for many teachers is why should I change? Please take a look at the list in the next section, and consider how you might change your practice to develop 'openness'. This concept was covered in the previous module.
- Why use OER and OEP?
The Wikieducator OER Handbook for educators suggests several benefits of OER (you don't have to read the handbook, but may wish to skim through).
- OER provide freedom of access for both yourself and others.
- Because you can freely adapt them, OER encourage pedagogical innovation.
- Because OER are available free of charge, using them can lower costs to students and organizations.
- You and your organization may benefit from potential publicity.
- When you share OER, you are contributing to the global education community.
- When you share OER, you open a new method of collaborating with your students and colleagues.
- Your OER may be helpful to future educators.
- Your OER may be beneficial to underserved individuals in the developed and developing world.
- Using OER puts you in control and avoids "vendor lock-in" or a situation in which you can only use one company's products.