Investigating Open Pedagogy

There are many ways to engage in Open Pedagogy and transform the student learning experience. Collaborative knowledge creation, experiential learning practice, flexibility and user (student) choice, more equality between teacher and student roles in the learning process, and social construction of knowledge enhanced via social networking and technologies are just a few examples. Consider if OER can be used, re-mixed, or implemented in the service of learning activities where students generate new, reusable knowledge products through collaborative work on projects with real-world impacts.

Explore the possibility for students to engage in creating and compiling their own text for a class as the capstone class project through instructor guidance and pointing to appropriate open resources. Perhaps students can learning by writing or editing articles within Wikipedia to improve this, or other open resources.

Investigate this course model that provides the structure and process for biology students to write or edit articles on topics around sustainability, climate change, or ecology using Wikipedia:

University of British Columbia/BIOL 345 Human Ecology

screen shot of wiki course

Consideration should also be given to how students are asked to demonstrate their learning. Evidence of student learning should be done through reusable assessments so that the student’s work is not discarded at the end of the process, but instead adds value to the world in some way.

View an example of a reusable assessment on the comparison between blogs and wikis:

Consider the perspective of this psychology professor who asked students to write the assessment questions, rather than answering them:

Why have students answer questions when they can write them?

Graphical representation of a journalReflective Journal: Entry #3
Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences

GUIDELINES: Examine the perspectives of David Wiley in this explanation of open pedagogy, and Robin DeRosa in this presentation on Harnessing the Power of Open (slide 40).

Consider what disposable assignments you’ve assigned or have been asked to complete as a student. Select an example and, in a blog post, provide a description of the activity, citing why it is a disposable assignment. Provide details about what you could do to revise/remix the assignment to make it a more reusable or sustainable activity that incorporates open pedagogy.

Be sure to post your blog URL as a comment to the post in the Workplace discussion group.

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