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Open Pedagogy Learning Community

Open Pedagogy is an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education. It is also a process of designing architectures and using tools for learning that enable students to shape the public knowledge commons of which they are a part.

Open pedagogy in practice can include creating, adapting, or updating OER with students, building course policies, outcomes, assignments, rubrics, and schedules of work collaboratively with students, or facilitating student-created and student-controlled learning environments such as Domain of One’s Own

In 2018, KPU ran two cohorts of an interdisciplinary Open Pedagogy Learning Community (OPLC; one face-to-face and one virtual). Each group explored a variety of open educational practices that go far beyond open textbooks and critically examined ways in which students and faculty can use open resources, open licensing, and open tools to work together to design powerful and authentic learning experiences. Each group read and annotated a single article and then met for a biweekly discussion.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, KPU is proud to partner with Keene State College in Keene, NH for an inter-institutional virtual OPLC. The OPLC will meet biweekly on Wednesdays at 10am Pacific Time (1pm Eastern Time) on the following dates: January 29, February 12, February 26, March 11, March 25, and April 8 (topics and readings listed below). The OPLC will be co-facilitated by Karen Cangialosi (Professor of Biology, Open Education Faculty Fellow, Keene State College) and Rajiv Jhangiani (Associate Vice Provost, Open Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University) and will be limited to 10 participants from each institution. Participants are expected to attend all of the sessions.

Note: All places for KPU faculty in the Spring 2020 OPLC have now been filled. Please feel free to complete the webform below to express your interest in participating in a future OPLC.  

date topic readings
January 29 Foundational Concepts

1. What is Open Pedagogy?

2. Open Education, Open Questions

Optional: Curated blog posts on Open Pedagogy

February 12 Critical Perspectives

1. Digital Sanctuary: Protection and Refuge on the Web?

2. 'Open' and 'Inclusive': What the heck are they? (set of two blog posts)

Optional: A Social Justice Framework for Understanding Open Educational Resources and Practices in the Global South

February 26 Student Agency

1. What does it mean to “own” your education?

2. Student spotlight: Matthew Moore, The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, 2nd edition


1. What an Open Pedagogy class taught me about myself

2. Signing Students Up for Surveillance

March 11 Domains of One's Own

1. Neither Locked Out nor Locked In by Martha Burtis

2. A Domain of One’s Own in a Post-Ownership Society by Audrey Watters

3. Do I Own my Own Domain if you Grade it? by Andrew Rikard

Optional: KSC Open Student/Faculty Exhibit

March 25 UN Sustainable Development Goals

Watch the videos and browse through the sample assignments at: 

Optional: Education for Sustainable Development Goals by UNESCO

April 8 Participant Share