Expand Online Learning Engagement with Open Pedagogy Projects

Concurrent Session 6

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Open pedagogy projects involve student creation and public sharing of their intellectual products. Students actively create meaningful content open to a global audience. These authentic learning experiences increase student engagement and motivation to produce high-quality work. Learn about example projects and ways to incorporate open pedagogy into your online classes.


Judith M Littlejohn is the Instructional Designer at SUNY Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY, and teaches history courses online.
John Kane is a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at SUNY-Oswego.

Extended Abstract

In most online classes students complete disposable assignments within the LMS that disappear at the end of the semester. Open pedagogy projects, which involve student creation and public sharing of their own intellectual products, provide students the opportunity to actively engage in the creation of meaningful content that is open to a global audience. Participation in these authentic learning experiences increases student engagement and motivation to produce high-quality work. Students also benefit from having work samples publicly available on the Internet, enriching their eportfolios, creating persistent records of their learning experiences, and providing resources for future learning (for themselves and other students). As part of this process, students learn how to use online content creation tools and the importance of creating accessible materials.

In this session, we will provide an overview of the wide variety of open pedagogy projects that may be undertaken by students working either individually or in small or whole-class groups. An extensive (and growing) collection of links to examples of open pedagogy projects will be provided to participants through our resource website. These examples will include blogs, wikis, OER texts, learning resources, podcasts, digital storytelling, and video projects. Our own experiences with open pedagogy projects in our classes, as well as students’ feedback about these projects, will be shared. Free tools for creation, collaboration, peer review, and publication of these materials will also be presented.

Session participants will brainstorm potential open pedagogy projects to incorporate into their courses and work in small groups to identify appropriate assessment strategies for their students’ projects. The URL to a web page containing open pedagogy resources will be provided.

Session Objectives:

  • Define open pedagogy
  • Understand how open pedagogy projects benefit students
  • Describe variety of open pedagogy projects in online classes
  • Explore examples of open pedagogy projectsExplore web tools for development, collaboration, and publishing open pedagogy projects
  • Reflect on the potential of open pedagogy projects in your classes