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Learning Design using Open Educational Practices

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What are learning designs using open educational practices (OEP)?

The purpose of this webspace is to demonstrate possible online learning designs using open educational practices (OEP) and open educational resources (OER). A good beginning is to define those terms for  the purposes of this work.

OEP are practices that support the (re)use and production of OER through institutional policies, promote innovative pedagogical models, and respect and empower learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning path (Ehlers 2011)

OER are teaching, learning, or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution (UNESCO n.d.)

OEP may include learner-centered designs where learners are encouraged to research, find, adapt, and share open educational resources for their own learning and the learning of others.

OER include a wide variety of artifacts such as text, textbooks, images, illustrations, diagrams, music, audio, video, simulations, games, and works of art.


Ehlers, U.-D. (2011). Extending the territory: From open educational resources to open educational practices. Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning, 15(2), 1-10. Retrieved from

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (n.d.). Open educational resources. Retrieved from


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