Since 2018 I have been module leader for a 15 credit masters level course taught at City, University of London as part of the Masters in Academic Practice offered to teaching staff. EDM122 Digital Literacies and Open Practice is also an elective module for students in the Library and Information Science (LIS) department. In addition, the module has an open webinar series which is available to anyone to join and recordings and resources are shared on the module blog: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/dilop/
In this reflective practice session I will share my experiences of teaching this module for the past 3 years and the impact it has had on my own, and students’ practices. I will be joined by several previous students on the course who will share their own understanding and experiences of open educational practices (OEP) and how the module contributed to their practice. The students include teachers in several different disciplines and also former LIS students. Their insights largely reflect findings from Beetham et al (2012) that OEP often amplified existing pedagogic practices. However, I will ask them to consider new practices they might have adopted and draw on how previous studies conceptualise OEP (Cronin and MacLaren, 2018).
The impact of the module will be considered from a number of perspectives in addition to the experiences of the most recent cohort. For example:
* I’ll draw on a previous presentation at OER19 when I was joined by several of the experts who contributed to the webinar series.
* I will also share findings from a small research project on staff attitudes towards technology enabled teaching and its relationship to open practices (Secker, 2020).
* I’ll explore engagement with the module from external participants who have attended the webinars of visited the course blog.
Finally, I will invite contributions from the delegates to share any insights into the way a module in academic practice might contribute to building understanding of OEP. I will encourage them to suggest other ways to build engagement with OEP, such as the role of institutional policies and strategy and more practical support from an educational technology team. The aim will be to produce a written output based on my own and others experiences to share good practice in supporting OEP.
Beetham, H., Falconer, I., McGill, L., & Littlejohn, A. (2012). Open practices: Briefing paper. JISC. Retrieved from https://oersynth.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/58444186/Open%20Practices%20briefing%20paper.pdf
Cronin, C., & MacLaren, I. (2018). Conceptualising OEP: A review of theoretical and empirical literature in Open Educational Practices. Open Praxis, 10(2), 127-143. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.10.2.825
Secker, J. (2020). Understanding the role of technology in academic practice through a lens of openness. In: INTED2020 Proceedings. (pp. 5363-5368). Valencia, Spain: IATED. ISBN 978-84-09-17939-8
- open practice
- academic development