The characteristics of an open educator, as outlined in the “Teaching in the Open” module, suggest that open educators have a mind for open content. As such, an open educator is one who:
- chooses to use open content — when possible and appropriate — with the aim to remove all unnecessary barriers to learning;
- searches for — and makes use of — OER created and shared by others and adds their own expertise to improve what’s already there;
- adapts and creates open content with inclusivity, diversity and accessibility in mind; and
- realizes that content is continually evolving, so they leave room for this growth/change and are comfortable with their content existing in a perpetual state of evolution.
In this module, we embrace the concepts presented in Teaching in the Open by taking action to create a vision and develop a tangible plan for incorporating inclusive and accessible open content in your course.
**Please note that depending on the scope of your plan, the actual OER development process will extend beyond this module.
Develop a plan for adopting, adapting and/or creating open content in your course that incorporates inclusive and accessible design principles.
- Create and refine a vision for the incorporation of OER content in a course that meets learner needs.
- Evaluate open content identified through an environmental scan for fit within the OER vision.
- Use a course-planning template to develop a detailed plan for the incorporation of open-learning materials into a course.
- Identify opportunities to apply inclusive and accessible design principles to open content.
This page adapts and builds upon the work of:
- In Search for the Open Educator: Proposal of a Definition and a Framework to Increase Openness Adoption Among University Educators by Fabio Nascimbeni and Daniel Burgos is licensed under CC BY 4.0
- Making Sense of Open Education Module 11 by Maureen Glynn is licensed under CC BY 4.0
- Train Others on OER by The Learning Portal is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0