Introduction to Open Educational Practices


The benefits of open educational practices (OEP) are many, including cost savings for students / schools, the ability to shape learning materials to meet local needs, share your practice with other educators, and provide students with more authentic assessments. This course will take participants through the elements of OEP including open licensing, finding and evaluating existing open materials, adapting existing or creating new materials, integrating open pedagogy (those authentic assessments), and sharing your open teaching practices with others.

Course materials will be available through Canvas, but participants will be creating blogs to share their work.

Course Learning Outcomes (LO): By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Apply a Creative Commons license to their own work
  2. Find at least one open educational resource (OER) appropriate for use in their teaching
  3. Adapt or create a new OER
  4. Create a plan for an open pedagogy activity
  5. Justify instruction decisions based on their own personal open philosophy.

While this is an open course (materials will be publicly available), instructors from USask who register will also meet six times to discuss the work they are doing and get additional support for their projects.


This course addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter:

  • EL 1.1 - Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking
  • EL 1.4 - Encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue
  • ET 2.1 - Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies
  • ET 2.2 - Select and utilize teaching methods that are effective in helping students achieve the learning outcomes of a course or learning activity
  • EC 4.3 - Learn about advances in effective pedagogies/andragogies
  • EC 4.4 - Engage in meaningful conversations about their practices with others


Our next course will begin in Winter term 2022.

  • Duration: Feb 1 - April 12
  • Participants will meet via Zoom from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
    Feb 1 and 15, March 1, 15, 29, and April 12, 2022

Please visit our calendar to register. 

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