Week Eight: Open Pedagogy

A Week of Open Pedagogy

Your directors this week are Amy Nelson (Virginia Tech) and Shelli Fowler (VCU).

A quick review (as we’re nearly halfway done!): We’ve talked about “fifty shades of open” and considered some of the building blocks of open education: Foundational texts on the ways digital spaces could liberate and amplify knowledge and support enhanced collaboration, the characteristics and significance of digital literacy,the transformative potential of connected learning, the role of Open Access in keeping knowledge public. This week we will pull from all of these areas to think through the powerful implications of open pedagogies.

Some of our familiar activities will remain: We will be reading, annotating on Hypothes.is and staying in touch on Twitter throughout the week. But the focus will shift a bit, as the “make” for this week is to create and / or share a piece of Open Pedagogy. So, learning by doing, modeling a mode of engagement, working together and independently, playing around with ideas and tools, and then sharing it out in the OPEN — these integrated, recursive practices should help us explore and articulate our praxis in open pedagogy.

Non-Disposable Assignment: A critically engaged, innovative, disruptive (or already proven effective) example of Open Pedagogy. Could be an exercise, or an artifact, or a guided, collaborative reading of a text, image, film, song, etc.


Read / Listen to Hybrid Pedagogy Podcast #12 : Access (Robin DeRosa and Chris Friend)

And / or:

Extreme Makeover: Pedagogy Edition

Tweet: “What is Open Pedagogy?”

@actualham: “I think it’s a connected learning piece. It’s a critical digital pedagogy piece. It’s an access piece. You roll those together and you get open pedagogy.”

And check out slide 18 here:


Tuesday: Open and Critical

Contemporary Pedagogy at Virginia Tech: A Conversation with Shelli Fowler

(more) Hypothes.is Annotation of
Audrey Watters: Ed-Tech in the Time of Trump

Additional Material from Hybrid Pedagogy:

CFP: Politicizing Critical Digital Pedagogy (Feb. 2017)

Open Digital Pedagogy=Critical Pedagogy

If Freire Made A MOOC: Open Education as Resistance


Wednesday: Networked and Integrated

Gardner Campbell
Networked Learning as Experiential Learning

Amy Nelson
Connected Learning and Integrative Thinking: Teaching History at Virginia Tech


Networked Learning Communities in Hybrid Courses

The Student-Centered Lecture

Twitter Chat With Shelli Fowler on “Developing Open Pedagogues” 3:00-4:00 pm EDST 


Thursday: Talk to an OpenLearning.net friend about your Open Pedagogy Praxis

via Tweets, DM’s, email, any other form of subspace communication.
Gold Stars for reporting / reflecting on that exchange on your blog!


Friday: Post your Open Pedagogy

Twitter Chat:  Share and Care / Weekly Wrap up 3:00-4:00 pm EDST


Additional Readings / Resources

A small sampling of things that have resonated with our work on Open Pedagogy authored by people not taking part in the cMOOC.

Laura Gibbs and Stacy Zemke, “Ten qualities of Open Pedagogy”

Catherine Cronin: Openness and Praxis

Mariana Fuenes: Openness in Education:

Tressie McMillan Cottom https://tressiemc.com/

Sava: Fallacy of Open

Martin Weller, The Battle For Open

Open Pedagogy linked to OER:

David Wiley:
https://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2975 (2013)
https://opencontent.org/blog/archives/4921 (2017)

Clint Lalonde, “Does Open Pedagogy Require OER?” (Feb. 2017)

Bronwyn Hagarty, “Attributes of Open Pedagogy: A Model for Using OER” (2015)

Mentioned in Previous Weeks:
Mike Caulfield’s Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers