Open Pedagogy: a driving force for meaningful learning

Open Pedagogy is an important tool for strengthening meaningful learning, this is the case postulated by Marijn Post, Michiel de Jong, Marjon Baas, and Ria Jacobi, members of SIG Open Education. They argue that meaningful learning is crucial because it ensures that there is meaning and impact throughout the entire knowledge development process. This in turn is needed to solve the contemporary problems we face in society. To strengthen meaningful learning in higher education, the authors have developed the Open Pedagogy Framework 2.0.

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace, and these transitions demand educational transformations. Every higher education institution is therefore devoting time and effort to themes such as flexible education, lifelong learning, digital transformation, and cooperation with the professional field. Within these transformations, students are enjoying greater opportunity to adopt an active, engaged and responsible role in their learning.

Open Education fits seamlessly into this development of students’ active participation in knowledge creation during their studies. This active participation has a number of manifestations that comes together in the concept of Open Pedagogy: a collection of characteristics of learning activities revolving around working in open networks and using open educational resources. Within open pedagogy, students have a central role in appraising, creating, and sharing information. This can contribute to students’ learning since their learning products have more sustainable value, learning activities generate more impact, and knowledge which they acquired during the learning activities. can be applied in practice immediately.

The Open Pedagogy Framework 2.0 addresses the shifting role of the student by providing students with the space to criticize, create, share, and reuse knowledge in new contexts. The authors emphasis that creating more meaningful learning does not require the application of the entire framework. A  successful implementation of a single characteristic will already ensure meaningful learning. This open pedagogy approach might be challenging for students and, therefore, it is important to guide them through it step by step in a safe environment. Providing this, the framework can make a significant contribution to meaningful learning and, by extension, impactful higher education.

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