3 Why Open Pedagogy?

Open Pedagogy is transformative.

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Open Pedagogy helps to flip the power dynamics: students are  empowered to decide how the content they create can be used and how they want their work to be cited. This leads to an intrinsic sense of academic integrity. 


How does Open Pedagogy connect to Academic Integrity?

  • Open Pedagogy transforms students’ relationship to academic integrity by engendering student accountability and responsibility for what they create
    • Students’ relationship to accountability is fundamentally changed
    • Students are now content creators, part of the academic and industry conversation rather than passive consumers
    • Students hold themselves accountable for what they create and put out into the world under their name (academic influencers)
    • Creates agency around openness: Will the material be shared and how? Students will have informed consent and are empowered with choice
    • Content creators choose open licensing permissions (i.e. Creative Commons licenses)
  • Open Pedagogy promotes and strengthens student integrity 
    • Connects to university outcomes:
      • Global and Community Citizenship: “Graduates will demonstrate the necessary skills, including an awareness of ethical responsibility and cultural and global diversity, to live and work collaboratively as contributing members of society” (“University Essential Learning Outcomes“)
        • Ethical Use of Information
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As faculty working/teaching within an Open Pedagogical Framework you center anti-racism and social justice: 

  • Design assignments with respect for student agency
    • Centers students as content creators
    • Centers student experience:
      • much of the learning materials don’t reflect student experiences or lives
      • their communities
      • their stories
      • their voices
    • Offers marginalized students space to voice their ideas, build a deeper connection to the material
    • Normalizes marginalized voices as authority



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Intro to Open Pedagogy: Implications for Course Assignments and Assessment Copyright © 2021 by Sarah Campbell, Kerry Caparco, Jenny Castel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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