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Information about RVCC's OER and no-cost course initiative to inform faculty and students

Open Pedagogy

As a term, "open pedagogy" does not really have a single, encompassing definition. However, it can be loosely described as educational practices that leverage open educational resources and the "5Rs" of OER (reuse, revise, retain, redistribute, remix) to better engage students in their own learning. Open pedagogy overlaps with other concepts like constructivist pedagogy, authentic learning, and learner-centered education. 

Examples of Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy can be implemented in a variety of ways in the classroom. The following list of examples is offered in the SUNY OER Services publication, Understanding OER

  • Students create tutorial videos for a particular topic or assignment. These tutorial videos could cover a wide range of topics such as teaching specific skills, summarizing key concepts, providing worked examples, or creating connections to student lives.
  • Students create written or video-based presentations that summarize key aspects of the storyline, character, interpretation, symbolism, etc. These summaries could be both used by and improved upon by future generations of learners.
  • Students create worked examples that provide other students with step-by-step templates of how to do problems, specifically in topics that have proven troublesome to students in past semesters. These are particularly popular in math courses.
  • Students explain how principles studied in class are exemplified in popular media like movies, television, music, or books.
  • Students create games to be played by future generations of learners to help them prepare for, or deepen their learning on, specific topics.
  • Students create guides to direct other students through readings or lectures.

Each of the following categories lists articles, case studies, or other samples of open pedagogy applications.

Collections of Examples

Open Syllabus

An open syllabus is one in which students have agency in determining how a course is structured; what content or resources are studied in the course and when; how assignments or assessments are designed; how students are assessed or graded. Faculty can "open" their syllabus by incorporating any of these ideas or other strategies that give students a voice in how their learning is structured, delivered, and/or evaluated. 

Renewable Assignments

Renewable assignments are intended to be the opposite of "disposable" assignments that are typically given - those which students only complete to demonstrate mastery of a skill and receive a grade. A renewable assignment has the potential to be made public and be openly licensed by the student. It may become the basis of future learning material for the course or may serve a public purpose beyond the classroom. 

Other renewable assignment ideas include:

  • Portfolios
  • Video tutorials
  • Artwork
  • Musical compositions
  • Games 
  • Children's books
  • Podcasts
  • Blog posts
  • Infographics

Above list from Bonner, K., Goller, C., & Lenahan, M. (2022, 21 December). Open Education as a lever for social justice and equity - Exploring the many on ramps of Open STEM education [Blog post]. Accelerating Systemic Change in STEM Higher Education.


Ungrading is a philosophy related to open pedagogy in that it privileges student learning and engagement with their own learning over quantifiable measures of learning.