What is Open Education

Starting in 2016, the Academic Technology Institute, in conjunction with the new USNH-funded Open Education Initiative, will focus broadly on Open Education which can be broken into 3 categories:

Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER are instructional resources created and shared in ways so that more people have access to them. That’s a different model than traditionally-copyrighted materials. OER are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” (Hewlett Foundation) Examples: textbooks, modules, tutorials, simulations.

Open Pedagogy

“Looking at open pedagogy as a general philosophy of Open Education in all elements of the pedagogical process, while messy, provides some interesting possibilities. Open is a purposeful path towards connection and community. Open pedagogy could be considered as a blend of strategies, technologies, and networked communities that make the process and products of education more transparent, understandable, and available to all the people involved.” (Tom Woodward or David Wiley) Examples: student blogs, student publishing, annotating the web, student-driven course content.

Open Access

Open access refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access (e.g., access tolls) and free of many restrictions on use (e.g. certain copyright and license restrictions). Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, course syllabi.  (SPARC)