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What is Open Pedagogy? #YearOfOpen hangout April 24


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What is Open Pedagogy? Who gets to define what open pedagogy is, and how does that affect all of us who call what we practice “open pedagogy”?

I was invited to submit my answer to that question by the OEConsortium for #YearOfOpen a while ago, and I submitted it before my trip to London to OER17. During #OER17, my response, as well as others’, was published here.

My feeling was that

  1. A discussion among open pedagogy advocates and practitioners was needed beyond these statements
  2. More diversity of voices on the matter are needed
  3. David Wiley’s contribution is controversial imho and I wanted an opportunity to discuss a variety of approaches. Hence the hangout I am announcing here

I have lots of complicated feelings about this topic, and I have invited a bunch of  (relatively) diverse folks to discuss this topic as part of #YearOfOpen (thanks Sue and Mary Lou for giving their blessing and being part of it)

The session is scheduled for Monday April 24 at 4pm EDT/8 GMT/9 BST/10 Egypt/South Africa time

You can watch here and participate via #YearOfOpen hashtag on Twitter (hangout will livestream to this link and be available as recording afterwards).

Discussion on definition of open pedagogy will involve:

David Wiley, Catherine Cronin, Robin DeRosa, Sheila MacNeill, Sukaina Walji, Viv Rolfe, David Kernohan, Mike Caulfield and me (Maha Bali). Joined by Sue Higgins and Mary Lou Forward from OEConsortium

(note that there are a few people I invited who declined for various reasons, and a lot of people I would have liked to invite but the hangout filled up – using a space that allowed larger numbers of people was an option, but any larger and we probably won’t be able to really have a deep discussion – and the livestreaming of GHO allows people to watch and tweet along even if they’re not inside the hangout itself)

If you have suggestions for activities or questions to do before this session is scheduled, please post them in the comments.


  1. I wonder if you could get Clinte Lalonde @edtechfactotum involved too?

  2. oh man, both you and Clint were on my list of people to invite – hangout filled up. I remember that post now that I’ve re-read it… happy to consider other ways of engagement beyond the sync hangout, if you wanna do something via #OpenEdSIG like an asynchronous activity?

  3. Hi Maha – I see you have much more material than you can use or even curate, but to honor my commitment I will include these resources 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”:

    I hope these are helpful. I’ve tried to curate writers and resources you’ve not already noted. In my heart I feel there are many more related posts and resources from #OpenLearning17 I could list, but these are the ones that seem most directly connected to your call for examples.

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