Week 2: Overview

Approaches to Design

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Have you noticed the buzz about open education or open educational resources or open textbooks? In BC, there has been an exciting expansion of perspectives on open learning, open teaching practices, open education resources (beyond textbooks). We encourage you to take some time to explore the benefits and risks of open education.
A quick review of relevant definitions from BCcampus:
  • open educational resources (OER) “any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license.” (defined by UNESCO)
  • open pedagogies - teaching practices that involve the use of OERs to support learning, or that involve open sharing of teaching practices with the goal of improving education and learning. Open teaching practices may involve the teacher and / or the students in engaging with online experts or networks beyond the online classroom. Teachers may be inviting students to be part of the process of teaching or the co-development of knowledge.
Note:  Pedagogy is the practice and method of teaching; how we teach, rather than what we teach.