I’ve spent this week in the awesome Critical Open Pedagogy track at Digital Pedagogy Lab. Our teacher, Rajiv Jhangiani challenged us to end the week by making four slides in order to help us reflect on what we’ve done and craft a specific message that we want to take back to our home learning communities.
Here are mine.
Open pedagogy helps us connect in so many ways. It helps our students connect to each other and to their instructors. It also helps all of us connect what happens in our learning spaces to our lives outside the walls of our classroom.
Open pedagogy helps us realize we don’t have to settle for books and materials that don’t meet our needs or expectations. We can customize, adapt, and change what’s out there so that they work in our specific context.
Open pedagogy allows us to create community. To create confidence. To create spaces where all of us – students and faculty alike – can shape our learning experiences and craft what education is and what it can and should be.
Open pedagogy encourages us not just to consume, but to contribute. We can all give back and offer something to our broader community of learners and teachers. We all have voices that deserve to be heard. We all have perspectives that are valuable – and we should share them.