CoverLicensing InformationI. FoundationsOpen Educational ResourcesDefining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational ResourcesCopyright and Open LicensingThe Difference Between an Informational Resource and an Educational ResourceExcludabilityRivalryII. ResearchOpen educational resources and college textbook choicesThoughts on Continuous Improvement and OERContinuous Improvement of Instructional MaterialsContinuous Improvement DashboardsA/B Testing on Open TextbooksThe Rise FrameworkOpen Science in Education SciencesIII. Future DirectionsWhat is Open Pedagogy?OER-Enabled PedagogyOpen Pedagogy: The Importance of Getting it in the AirA Look at the Future of Open Educational ResourcesPragmatism vs. Idealism and the Identity Crisis of OER AdvocacyRecognizing and Overcoming Obstacles: What It Will Take to Realize the Potential of OERAssumptions and Challenges of Open ScholarshipThe OER DilemmaCultural Knowledge and OERMake Out Like a BanditIV. AppendicesChapter AuthorsGlossaryKeywordsIndexV. Student PresentationsA Brief Overview of Open EducationWhat I Know Now About Open EducationFalling 4 OEROpen Education Q & A Observations and Learnings About OERWhat is OER?Overview of Open EducationAdopting Open TextbooksCommunity Members Should Create OEROpen textbooks for MSED facultyConsider OER A Pitch for Open Textbook AdoptionThe Case for Open Textbooks in SFLA Call To Action for InstructorsLessons LearnedA Pitch for K-12 Teachers and Their Students to Create O.E.ROER in English Language TeachingIntroduction to Open EducationWhat is Open Pedagogy and Why Does it Matter?A brief and open letter about OER to my friends in K-12 Education

Lessons Learned

The Powers and Pitfalls of Open
An overview of the lessons learned during a semester long study of the philosophy and context of open educational resources and projects to create two resources. 

Today I would like to share with you some lessons learned during my semester long study of  the philosophy and context of open educational resources and projects to create two resources. 

The projects I worked on included work on the structure for an open access textbook for one of my courses as well as work on open access lesson plans and a structure to disseminate them. 

In strategizing on how to make these projects happen I encountered a number of challenges, and through these challenges I learned a few things that I would like to share with you. 

I first had look for existing resources and I quickly learned that finding open resources can be challenging. With no one cleaning house it was a lot work to really explore the landscape.  

Even when I found some similar content I found the quality of open really varies.  Particularly with open lesson plans some were really great and others where poorly constructed and thought out. 

Because quality varied, I came to realize just how important remixing is.  Lesser quality items did have some useful elements so the ability to remix was essential.

I soon found the amount of work ahead was too much for me alone.  So I began the complex process of creating collaborative partnerships to really make my open resources stronger. 

But not everyone really understood the concept of open and to cement my partnerships I had to do a lot of educating about the purposes and values of open.

With more collaborators deep strategic planning about the scope and context of the project and strategies for dividing the work resulted in numerous conversations and compromises.

In planning content we constantly came up against copyright.  How much can you really quote from copyrighted texts?  How can you remix and use copyrighted material? All are tricky questions. 

I’ve laid a lot of groundwork but  still have a long way to go.  I’ve come to appreciate just how essential things like planning and collaboration are to making open resources successful

So I’m going to keep working on making these resources a reality and now the future of my open resources will be all the better because of the lessons learned. 

Suggested Citation

(2021). Lessons Learned: The Powers and Pitfalls of Open. In , , , , , , , & (Eds.), An Introduction to Open Education. EdTech Books.

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