Innovating Open Education: Critical Pathways and Communities of Practice :sync:

Robert Farrow (The Open University)

The Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER) (UNESCO, 2019) makes specific reference to innovation as a key route to enhancing educational access and equity (SDG 9) as well as raising awareness of OER and leading to sustainability (SDG 4). This research presentation will provide an overview of several major theories of innovation as they relate to contexts of open education, making clear connections to open educational practice.

Ramirez-Montoya (2020) recently presented a review of literature pertaining OER and educational innovation, noting that although definitions of openness vary across sectoral spaces, the crossover between openness and innovation is an area of increasing interest. A core part of the story of open educational resources is that they can be used to create spaces for innovation in teaching and learning (Orr et al., 2015; Pitt & Smyth, 2017; Weller et al., 2015). As Coughlan et al. (2018) argue, there has been a lack of detailed analysis of the specific function of OER as a driver of innovation, and a single model has not yet captured the multi-faceted relationship between openness and innovation.

The presentation is likely to be of interest to practitioners wishing to have a stronger theoretical and practical understanding of how OER can support innovative practice.

  • Task-Artefact Cycle (Carroll, Kellog & Rosson, 1991)
  • The diffusion of innovations theory (Rogers, 2010)
  • SAMR framework (Puentedura, 2006; Orr et al., 2015)
  • Cyclic Innovation Model (Berkhout, 2007)
  • Forms of innovation in OER (Coughlan, Pitt & Farrow, 2018)

This work contributes to the European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education (ENCORE+, 2021), a pan-European Knowledge Alliance funded under the Erasmus+ programme. The project is running from 2021 to 2023 to support the modernisation of education in the European area through OER. Delegates will be invited to join the Innovation community of the project and share their experiences and insights around innovation in open education.

Extended Abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_81.pdf :page_facing_up:

Webinar Information

This presentation is part of Webinar 01 (Building Capacity Action Area) taking place in your local time 2021-09-27T08:00:00Z2021-09-27T10:30:00Z .

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UNESCO OER Action Area: Building Capacity
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Hey Rob, long time no see!

I’ll be chairing your session on Monday. When you get a chance, do check my welcome message on the Webinar 01 page?

Be good!


Hi! My slides are available from Innovating Open Education: Critical Pathways and Communities of Pract…

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If you’d like to join the first ENCORE+ Innovation Circle, here’s the link:

It’s at 1300 CEST on 27th September 2021

You can also see (and comment on) the first draft of the position paper at: ENCORE+ Innovation Position Paper 1.0 - Google Docs

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Nice presentation Robert!