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Showcasing: Open Educational Practices’ Models Using Open Educational Resources

Patricia Hogan, Breanne Carlson and Christopher Kirk

Northern Michigan University

Open educational resources (OER) are resources that can be freely used – freely copied, shared, revised, and remixed. However, using OER in teaching/learning does not automatically equate with enacting open educational practices (OEP). The educational model (behaviorist, cognitivist, constructivist, connectivist) the OER serve dictate the degree of openness in educational practice. For example, using OER in the instructional/behaviorist model of education, a model which employs the broadcast method of teaching where information, even open information, is teacher-chunked, teacher-delivered, and then teacher-tested (through a multiple choice test) is not OEP. An OEP strives to promote what Bloom calls a radically higher academic level in learners, to use OER to develop networked learners who can self-organize, co-create, innovate, and peer-validate. The presenters, edupreneurs, showcase examples of their innovative OEPs in the form of co-created classes and the creative learner-centered projects these classes spawned.

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