Open Pedagogy

April 3, 2024

Achieving the Dream

Open pedagogy, also known as open educational practices (OEP), is the use of open educational resources (OER) to support learning, or the open sharing of teaching practices to improve education and training at the institutional, professional, and individual level. Open pedagogy centers students; faculty teach to the whole student, and course design, content, assignments, assessments, and instructional methodology relate to students’ cultural identities and broader life experiences. Learning is meaningful, as faculty value and center the identities and lived experiences of students who have historically been marginalized in higher education.  


  • Encourage participatory learning and provide an opportunity for the course content to evolve in response to learners identities and lived experiences 
  • Move beyond a content-centered approach and engage students in the creation and sharing of learning content. 
  • Engage students in authentic, collaborative assessments with their peers 
  • Foster more meaningful and relevant experiences and equitable outcomes for students 

Strategy Features

Engaging Students

Engaging students in assignment and course content creation, as well as peer-to-peer course assessments, elevates historically marginalized voices and perspectives while supporting diverse ways of learning and demonstrating knowledge. 

Renewable Assignments

Renewable assignments include tasks where students design curriculum and openly publish their work so the assignment outcome is inherently meaningful to them and valuable to the disciplinary community.  

Co-created and Student-Generated Content

Faculty involve students in content creation by designing opportunities for students to create course materials that foster ownership of learning.  

Culturally Responsive Assessments

Faculty design assessments that allow for students to authentically participate in demonstration of their knowledge of course content that includes multiple culturally responsive ways of assessing students’ learning.  

Implementation Tips


Creating space for students to share their work and help shape course content demonstrates that their perspectives have inherent value and provides them an opportunity to express their unique understanding of what they are learning. 

Students Contribute Content to the OER Community

Scaffold assignments and guide students to edit or add to an open resource website, write a textbook chapter, create short videos related to discipline-based concepts, and develop test bank questions.

Identify Areas Where Students Can Co-create and Generate Course Content

Co-develop an artifact or asset for a community organization, co-author a chapter or project report, add a case study to an OER textbook, or research a topic and add findings to an OER website. 

Students Engage in Culturally Responsive Assessments That Support Their Learning

Implement innovative assessments and encourage students to demonstrate learning by creating blogs or translating Wikipedia articles into the language they are studying or their native language and aligning learning goals to community needs. 

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