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Curation of Posts on Open Pedagogy #YearOfOpen

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes, 4 seconds

In preparation for Monday’s Open Pedagogy Hangout (see announcement here – includes list of guests and YouTube watch link) I thought it might be useful to roughly curate some relatively recent work on the topic. I am hoping folks will help me fill in the gaps – as some already have! I will basically list authors here and only highlight something small to give an idea of what the posts are about.

  1. The #YearOfOpen website itself has so far posts from 6 different people with a range of Perspectives. If you see mine, it refers to a spectrum of practices that I consider to be open pedagogy and I refer to work by Catherine Cronin, Viv Rolfe, Robin DeRosa, Rajiv Jhangiani and Samantha Veneruso. If you open David Wiley’s (defining it with respect to 5Rs), you will see recommendations to look at previous posts of his on the topic, which provide background on why he defines it this way. He also has a follow-up post (published today) where he reflects on difference between open as in open web and how he was looking at open
  2. Martin Weller who defines this “Open educational practice covers any significant change in educational practice afforded by the open nature of the internet”. I don’t know if this debate Martin refers to between Downes and Wiley tackles this question.
  3. Jim Groom who says “there is an attempt to define it in order to start controlling it” And he says “I am not too concerned if #ds106 is understood as open pedagogy or not, because as soon as it is a choice between awesome and open, I will choose awesome every time” (I agree, but it’s such a privilege to not need a label to give credibility to what you do, eh? Even as most of us do this work on the margins already anyway)
  4. Josie Fraser whose post reflects on many things, but additionally asks why we aren’t using the term “open heutagogy”?
  5. Clint Lalonde who finds student work that isn’t licensed openly to still be part of open pedagogy
  6. Catherine Cronin and Frances Bell blogged about their panels/presentations with others like Laura Czerniewicz, Sheila MacNeill and others) on critical Open Educational Practices at #oer17.
  7. Hot off the press: Sheila MacNeill 
  8. An important article Sheila references and is mentioned in the YearOfOpen article by Robert Schuwer is 8 Attributes of Open Pedagogy by Bronwyn Hegarty
  9. Suzan Koseoglu channels bell hooks and writes a powerful post on the philosophy and spirit of open. #mustread
  10. Tannis Morgan digs into history of the term Open Pedagogy. Also this, after #oer17 which lays out so many different facets of open and questions the centrality of content to pedagogy altogether (agreed!)
  11. A favorite of mine from Jesse Stommel: Open Door Classroom
  12. Rajiv Jhangiani on Definitions vs Foundational Values
  13. Samantha Veneruso connects open pedagogy to complexity (Cynefin framework) and suggests open pedagogy can only be known retrospectively based on how it’s practised.
  14. Karen Cangialosi has more questions than answers
  15. Jim Luke thinks this through and decides “Any production process uses resources, but the resources are not the essence  of the process”
  16. Lorna Campbell reflects on how the use of the term “pedagogy” rather than “practice” distances some of us involved in education who don’t teach (also echoes what Josie Fraser had mentioned). Hearing this several times this week is making me think a lot
  17. Frances Bell on Ground Zero approaches to open and how we could broaden our perspectives, look back and look around, because by excluding work/ppl based on narrow definitions, we lose opportunities to learn from each other.
  18. Posted by Sukaina Walji for ROER4D,  a post by IDRC Senior Program Officer Dr Matthew Smith from March 2016: Open is as Open Does. He writes “requiring that narrow, technical or legal definitions are used may actually hinder our ability to really understand the important stuff, i.e., the “open practices” — sharing, reuse (5R’s), and collaboration that these legal and technical characteristics are intended to enable. OER by themselves don’t do anything – they don’t have an impact just sitting in the cloud or on someone’s Raspberry Pi. It is only when they are used in particular ways that change can happen – and it is this change that motivates most people interested in “open” in the first place”
  19. Catherine Cronin “Opening Up Open Pedagogy” – great round-up of different ways open ped and OEP have been used 1972-2012.
  20. Robin DeRosa Quick reflection ahead of the #YearOfOpen hangout
  21. Javiera Atenas on how her trip to Palestine changed her views on OEP
  22. Remi Kalir on Marginal Syllabus as OER/OEP “how are everyday digital spaces transformed into open learning environments?”
  23. Let me know if I missed something recent and important or an oldie but goodie that adds a different perspective

NOTE: A comment from Gardner Campbell ended up on the other post, announcing the hangout, and copying the comment didn’t work for me so I’m copying the text here):

from #openlearning17 for you and others to consider.

Two from Amy Nelson (Virgina Tech:
“Connected Learning & Integrative Thinking: Teaching History at Virginia Tech” (YouTube tour of her open pedagogical practices within a connected learning framework):

“Redesigning Liberal Education” (Interview for #OpenLearning17 in which Amy offers a briefer high-level overview of her thoughts on open pedagogy and connected learning):

My own post “Openly Dedicated”:

Sue Erickson, a librarian and member of the #OpenLearning17 steering committee, shares her thoughts on open pedagogy in a library context in “Open Pedagogy Praxis”:

Meg Mulrooney (James Madison University) wrote an inspiring post on her practice as well as what she’s learning from the entire #openped community, including the #OpenLearning17 cMOOC: “It’s A Real Thing: Open Pedagogy”:

And one more from me: “Connected Learning: A Personal Epiphany”:

Posts After the hangout

  • Alan Levine (not really about open ped but inspired by hangout to let us know difference between porous and permeable and a really useful post)
  • Sheila MacNeill As we all struggle with increasingly closed political environments we need to fight for open conversations and sharing of ideas and practice.  These are things that don’t need to be openly licensed but form an increasingly important layer around, above, below, alongside licensed OERs.”
  • David Wiley, Wandering through the open pedagogy maze
  • Karen Cangialosi shared this student blogpost. Student goes by Miranda D. @thechcexplored
  • I had to add this work of art to U of Edinburgh grad student Clare Thomson: it’s a “trial” on open in which she recies some of the most important arguments in the past few years and refers to the Open Ped hangout. MUST READ. Creative, fun, compelling and ALSO very informative! Here it is
  • Simon Ensor also wrote an incredibly poetic and deeply insightful post on open pedagogy. Must Read. 
  • And David Wiley suggests a new term OER-enabled pedagogy to refer to a subset of open pedagogy that (as the name indicates) is enabled by OER/5Rs. This approach leaves room for other definitions/understandings under a broad umbrella while still allowing those who wish to be specific to have a specific term to use).

Thanks to everyone who has been pointing me to their blogposts and those of others – this list has grown significantly since I first started it. It is notable that many of these posts also have really insightful comments and I’m too overwhelmed to curate those.

Suzan Koseoglu suggested on Twitter that we have a Google doc for people to curate notable comments, and that sounds like a good idea! So here is the Google doc shortlink: where you can

  • Insert useful links
  • Enter notable quotes/comments
  • Enter questions about open pedagogy (I’m not sure if we will have enough time to go through all of them during the hangout, but the conversation doesn’t have to end at the hangout).

It’s an open document – feel free to do whatever you like with it and it can live longer than 24 hours if needed 🙂

10 thoughts on “Curation of Posts on Open Pedagogy #YearOfOpen

    1. I noticed some of these are already linked from within my article about open pedagogy for YearOfOpen. Hopefully people dig in and find them there or in your list – thank you! It’s a great list of resources

  1. I really love this, Maha. Such fun to work within a young discipline and figure all of this out, together. I applaud everyone’s comfort with sharing their nascent ideas and thought processes so freely, so OPENLY. This is the fabulous part–abandoning the fear of being wrong in public because the discussion is stronger and richer this way. For me, working in the open has always involved getting over a little status-quo-inspired terror in order to liberate myself. Only sorry I won’t be able to participate in the live discussion (on a flight).

    1. thanks Rajiv – I am also very sorry you won’t be with us (you were one of the first people I invited to this) but really appreciate the post you blogged recently and how it shows the evolution of your thinking on the matter. Have a good trip!

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  3. Thank you Maha. What a privilege to be listed among so many people that I turn to for knowledge and inspiration. Rajiv puts it so perfectly into words – “This is the fabulous part–abandoning the fear of being wrong in public because the discussion is stronger and richer this way.”. Open for me is equally terrifying and rewarding.

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