While an official definition for open educational practices is still emerging, from a learning design perspective these may be considered teaching and learning practices where openness is enacted within all aspects of instructional practice; including the design of learning outcomes, the selection of teaching resources, and the planning of activities and assessment. (Paskevicius, 2017). Open educational practices are teaching and learning designs that take advantages of the affordances of open educational resources, challenge students to learn more openly, engage our communities, and make our professional practice more accessible. A number of scholars have advocated for open practices: in supporting student success through increased access to educational resources (Mulder, 2011; Carey, Davis, Ferreras, & Porter, 2015); to support faculty engagement with educational developers in the co-creation of reusable and adaptable courseware (Conole & Weller, 2008; DeVries &Harrison, 2016); through the experimentation and reflection of the practice of teaching in the open (Veletsianos, 2013; Cronin, 2017); and in fostering learning communities across institutions (Petrides, Jimes, Middleton-Detzner, Walling, & Weiss, 2011). This session will focus on the stakeholder role of the educational developer, whose consultative work may support more open practices to address institutional goals, missions, and objectives.
Educational developers are well positioned to support change by infusing professional development with open practices at the departmental, program, and course level. Open educational practices may be situated as a lens to support these change initiatives and provide new conceptualisations of teaching and learning (Bossu, & Fountain, 2015). In this research presentation I'll present the findings from a literature review of open educational practices in the context of learning design and engage participants in thinking about how to integrate “open" into learning outcomes, teaching resources, pedagogy, and assessment.