Open pedagogy is used to refer to the method of teaching and how teaching is done as opposed to what is being taught to the learner (BOR, n.d.). The term can be defined in two components. First, ‘Open’ refers to the open educational resources (OER) which are resources that are publicly available. This method reduces barriers of access and equity. The second component, ‘Pedagogy’ is the practice and method of teaching. This method is used to support learning by inviting students to play a key role in the teaching process, as they participate in the co-creation of knowledge. For example, in the previous blog posts prompt on a highschool teacher teaching its class on the Vietnam War, the teacher can use an open pedagogy teaching method by assigning students to create specific questions based on the learned information. This teaching method improves the students’ learning as they are co-creating resources which can be used for future study guides, and test materials later on.
My pod (1) group decided on a hybrid approach of ‘Direct Instruction and Project Based’ for the Interactive Learning Resource as these instruction methods best fit our topic ‘Gender & Mental Health’ and how we plan to create our course deliverables. There are aspects of open pedagogy as our assignment is for students to create their own policies based on the learned information on Gender & Health. Our group chose Direct Instruction because the teacher can tailor material the best fit the needs of the students while being able to deliver large quantities of material in an easy to follow, clear, and timely manner. We also choose ‘Project Based’ as this helps students gain a deeper understanding of the material as they are tasked with hands-on work as well as prepares students for the real world.
BCcampus OpenEd Resources [BOR]. (n.d.). What is Open Pedagogy? https://open.bccampus.ca/what-is-open-education/what-is-open-pedagogy/.