Teaching and Learning with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Based on promising findings from the multiyear Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, ATD and SRI Education have conducted a study to examine whether the use of OER can transform teaching and learning and how open content can enable more equitable, culturally responsive teaching practices.

Teaching and Learning with Open Educational Resources is the first report of its kind, presenting findings from this study and examining how instructors are using OER to advance equity in the classroom.

Download the report This study addresses the urgent need to better understand how the use of OER can support educational equity, particularly in educational settings that serve historically marginalized student populations.

The report identifies five dimensions of open education and culturally responsive teaching:

  • Study agency and ownership, or the extent to which the course and positions students as leaders of their learning
  • Inclusive content, or how the instructor brings in diverse perspectives and tailors the content to students’ backgrounds
  • Collaborative knowledge generation, or how students apply/develop new theories or contribute to “renewable” or generative assignments.
  • Critical consciousness, or how the instructor provides students with real-world assignments, decolonizes the curriculum, and addresses power imbalances
  • Classroom culture, or how the instructor cultivates strong relationships and an inclusive environment

The study is based on interviews with faculty and administrators, student focus groups, and course observations at eight community colleges, and is a careful examination of teaching practice among committed OER users and technology-oriented faculty members.

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