Associate Professor in Theological Ethics
How does anyone "out there" find out about our teaching excellence? OE has increased visibility & parallels increase in citation of open research
How are we integrating cutting-edge pedagogical practice and updating our teaching?
Open teaching leads to increased effectiveness & engagement with learnersl enhanced sense of community for learners and teachers; improved access for all to education & wider dissemination of pedagogical innovation
Open isn't just a "technology" it's a way of life. (more on this later)
Big nonsecret: open education is not (just) an exotic counterculture
Taking Good Stuff and Putting it Online for Free:
Open educational design & evaluation
Open organisational culture (esp. around innovation, collaboration, and inclusiveness)
Sector-level reflection on pedagogy and culture
“to teach is not to transfer knowledge but to create the possibilities for the production or construction of knowledge” (Freire, 1998, p. 30; cited in Rolfe, 2017)
"a cognitive trait... considered important in relation to divergent thinking and creativity" (Rolfe, 2017, http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3207/4461)
"sharing information candidly and consistently" (https://opensource.com/open-organization/21/3/open-practices-executive-leaders)
Open research and open education go together
Both of these can mistakenly be reduced to an (albeit positive) cost-benefit analysis, but OE commands a broader full-cloth understanding
This is why, in the EUniWell declaration on Open Education we make explicit reference to the intentions of consortium Universities to an intention to promote open educational practices as well as resources
"Open" can be about "things which can be dowloaded for free somewhere" but there is a much wider vision for the Open Organisation and Open Management, which is far more impactful and transformative.
Industry is WAY ahead of HE on this: for one example read more about the software company Red Hat runs as an organisation with open values.
The upside of these paradigms is that the Open Organisation is also a "Healthy Organisation", with perceptible impacts on staff engagement, wellbeing, performance, and resilience.