Openness is a key concern in recent times in higher education. Since openness – the way we construe it – is a practice and not a project, openness will manifest itself differently in different institutions as it becomes part of the core organisational culture. This paper is part of a larger project aimed at understanding the breadth and depth of openness of the institution. In addition, it explores the effectiveness and extent of the impact of participation in open educational resources (OER) movement and open research (open sharing and dissemination of research) by academic staff members and students. This paper will focus on how eight lecturers across a range of disciplines, participants in an institutional OER project, negotiated openness within a community of practice. Framed by Joan Tronto’s Ethics of Care qualities, we will explore what it means to ethically engage in open practices in the context of the current higher education climate with the continued call for equal access to educational resources.