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: By the end of this course, participants should be able to: 

  1. Use existing OER in alignment with the conditions indicated in resource licenses 
  2. Apply a Creative Commons license to their own work 
  3. Evaluate an open educational resource (OER) appropriate for use in their teaching 
  4. Adapt or create a new OER 
  5. Create a plan for an open pedagogy activity that aligns with at least one course learning outcome and represents an authentic activity within the discipline 
  6. 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 (in Zoom at set times) to discuss the work they are doing and get additional support for their projects. 

Certificate in University Teaching and Learning Connections: 

  • 1.1.1  -I model finding, evaluating, and using content that is current, valid, and relevant to my discipline, including Indigenous content and providing appropriate credit 
  • 3.1.1  -I select assessment strategies, both formative and summative, aligned to an outcome 
  • 3.2.3  -I design assessment tasks that require students to apply disciplinary learning under authentic, or close to authentic as possible, circumstances 
  • 4.1.1  -I articulate personal beliefs and assumptions about good teaching


 Next short course begins January 2023. By registering on the first date you will be enrolled in all sessions related to this course. Please visit our calendar to register

  • 6 Online Sessions, 1-3pm
  • Jan 24, Feb 7 & 21, Mar 7 & 21, Apr 4


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