Introduction to Module 1:
Introducing Openness in Education
Do you know the meaning of…
Learning outcomes of Module 1
1. Recognise relevant concepts such as OER, Open Educational Practices,
open content, open pedagogy, open assessment
2. Understand the potential advantages of adopting OER and open
education approaches in different contexts
3. Recognize key milestones of OE movement
Structure of Module 1
Lesson 1.1. What is Open Education?
Activity 1.1 - Test your capacity to work as an open educator
Lesson 1.2. The benefits and impact of Open Education and OER
Activity 1.2 - Explore the potential benefits of Open Education for you and your
1.3. The Open Education movement and its history
Project work Step 1: Make a pledge for opening up your course/teaching
Further reading and references
Lesson 1.1. What is Open Education?
Definition of Open Education
Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a
framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness.
By combining the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century
technology, Open Education wants to create a vast pool of openly shared
educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop
educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.
Open Education seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage
of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination,
and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and
collaborate. Open allows not just access, but the freedom to modify and use
materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to
individual users or woven together in new ways for diverse audiences, large and
OER are “[t]eaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the
public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and
redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.” (UNESCO, 2012)
Lesson 1.1. What is an Open Educator?
An Open Educator chooses to use open approaches, when possible and
appropriate, with the aim to remove all unnecessary barriers to learning. S/he
works through an open online identity and relies on online social networking to
enrich and implement his/her work, understanding that collaboration bears a
responsibility towards the work of others.
• 1. Implements Open Learning Design
• 2. Embraces Open Educational Content
• 3. Adopts Open Pedagogies
• 4. Implements Open Assessment practices
Activity 1.1. Reflect on your openness
Lesson 1.2 The benefits and impact of OE
How using OER and open approaches can change:
• the way YOU work
• the way YOUR UNIVERSITY performs
• the way YOUR STUDENTS learn
• the way OTHER LEARNERS participate
Activity 1.2. Reflect on benefitst of OE
• Does your academic institution practice any form of Open Education?
• If yes, is it for full programs, courses, or part of a course? how is that
benefiting your students? and how is benefiting your institution?
• In not, where do you see a potential for Open Education to help your
students and institution? and how each stakeholder will benefit from
Lesson 1.3 The OE movement
The history of Open Education
The milestiones of the movement
State of art today
Project work Step 1
Write a pledge on how you will be opening up your
course/teaching during the Openmed course.
You can select a course of yours and commit to transform it into an open course,
You can select a learning resource that you are actually using (a book, a set of
PPTs, or the content covering a whole course) and commit to make it openY
You can commit to adopt an open teaching or open assessment strategy within
This should include: the objectives, the activities that you will run during the
project work, the main results of your project work, the benefits that your
project work will bring to you, to your students and to your institution.
After Module 1…
• You should be convinced that Openness is the way
• You should have an idea on how this could happen
in your context
• You will have a plan for your project within the