Teaching & Learning

Open Educational Practices

The growing diversity of Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives coupled with better understanding of the limitations of open content, without open practices, has led to an important shift in thinking in the field. A narrow focus on OER per se may not be enough for educational institutions to fundamentally embrace and establish effective open pedagogical practices.

Open Educational Practices (OEP) are defined as 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

The Open Educational Quality (OPAL) Initiative established the following OEP principles:

  • OEP are based on OER

  • OEP embraces open learning strategies

  • OEP leads to learning and teaching quality improvement

  • OEP leads to change of educational cultures

  • Use of OER must be seen as a value proposition for Institutions

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