I am doing a presentation at the eCampus Ontario Technology Enhanced Seminar and Showcase in a couple of weeks, and one thing I’ll be talking about is student and faculty perceptions of the benefits and challenges/barriers to open pedagogy. I’m focused on college and university education, but am also interested in responses from those who teach and learn at other educational institutions.
I have some information along those lines, but I’m writing this post for people to comment on to provide more if they wish.
So, if you are willing, please answer one or more of the following in the comments below. If you want to be anonymous you can use a pseudonym and also a false email address when signing in to provide your comment.
- Are you a student who has engaged in an open pedagogy project, or a faculty member who has asked students to do so? Or maybe a staff member who has helped design one?
- What kind of open pedagogy activity were you involved with?
- If you want, you can say what kind of course it was (topic, year level)–though note that this might identify you if you don’t want to be identified.
- What were the benefits of this activity?
- If you were a student, what did you get out of it?
- If you engaged in open pedagogy as a teacher or staff member, what did you hope students got out of it? Why did you ask them to do this? Do you have any evidence, formal or informal, of the benefits of the activity?
- What were some challenges or barriers you faced?
- What could have or did go wrong?
- What potential problems with this kind of activity should others be aware of?
- Any advice?
Remember that you can remain anonymous by not giving your real name or email address, if you want.
Note that quotes from these answers may be used in my presentation at the event linked above, and may be on slides that are publicly viewable. If you want to provide comments without them being seen here, but you wouldn’t mind me paraphrasing from them, please email me: email@example.com
Update Nov. 11 2017
I got a fantastic set of comments from a student via email. She gave me permission to post them here, which I really am happy to do because they are so helpful. Here they are as a PDF: StudentComments-OpenPedagogy-Nov2017