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dc.contributor.authorCronin, Catherine
dc.identifier.citationCronin, C. (2017). Openness and Praxis: Exploring the Use of Open Educational Practices in Higher Education. The International Review Of Research In Open And Distributed Learning, 18(5). doi:
dc.description.abstractOpen educational practices (OEP) is a broad descriptor of practices that include the creation, use and reuse of open educational resources (OER) as well as open pedagogies and open sharing of teaching practices. As compared with OER, there has been little empirical research on individual educators use of OEP for teaching in higher education. This research study addresses that gap, exploring the digital and pedagogical strategies of a diverse group of university educators, focusing on whether, why and how they use OEP for teaching. The study was conducted at one Irish university; semi-structured interviews were carried out with educators across multiple disciplines. Only a minority of educators used OEP. Using constructivist grounded theory, a model of the concept Using OEP for teaching was constructed showing four dimensions shared by open educators: balancing privacy and openness, developing digital literacies, valuing social learning, and challenging traditional teaching role expectations. The use of OEP by educators is complex, personal and contextual; it is also continuously negotiated. These findings suggest that research-informed policies and collaborative and critical approaches to openness are required to support staff, students and learning in an increasingly complex higher education environment.en_IE
dc.publisherAthabasca University Pressen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learningen
dc.subjectOpen educational practicesen_IE
dc.subjectOpen educational resourcesen_IE
dc.subjectOpen practicesen_IE
dc.subjectHigher educationen_IE
dc.titleOpenness and praxis: exploring the use of open educational practices in higher educationen_IE
dc.local.contactCatherine Cronin, Nui Galway. 5321 Email:
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