DEFINITION AND DESCRIPTION
Open practices include a broad range of activities which have an ‘open’ philosophy, intention or approach.
Within a learning and teaching context this includes practices of both learners and teachers which may be broadly described as Open Educational Practice (OEP) but can also include more specific aspects such as open scholarship, open academic practice, open learning practice, open knowledge practice:
- We could regard open learning practice (by learners) as a separate practice to the provision of teaching or formal education (by teachers) which we could describe as open Educational practice.
- Open practices can include both informal and formal learning and teaching.
- Open practices can take place in individual (learner or teacher) or social (group, collective, institutional) contexts.
- Formal open practice is usually situated in the wider educational context and is influenced by the cultures and traditional practices of institutions in different educational sectors.
- Informal and formal open practice takes place within wider societal contexts which are evolving rapidly.
- Open practices take place in, and are enabled by, a highly connected socially networked environment.