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Engaging with open educational practices: Mapping the landscape in Australian higher education

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posted on 2023-10-26, 04:27 authored by A Stagg, Helen PartridgeHelen Partridge, C Bossu, J Funk, L Nguyen
For more than a decade, Australian higher education has engaged with open educational practice (OEP). This paper presents findings from a study investigating the institutional approaches to OEP in Australian universities. Interviews were conducted with representatives from 10 Australian universities. The findings of a thematic analysis reveal organisational context, business processes and educational design as key themes through which OEP is enacted within Australian universities. Together, these themes document Australian universities experiences of and with OEP and contribute to addressing the need for translational research in Australian higher education. This research contributes to a growing evidence basis to construct an understanding of the dimensions of OEP for practical action. Implications for practice or policy: University policymakers should enact institutional open education policy to signal support and provide clarity. Learning designers and academic staff can leverage OEP to catalyse student-centred, authentic pedagogical transformation. OEP advocates need to address the root problem of sector-wide lack of awareness. Australian institutions should recognise existing pockets of good OEP engagement and more strategically codify or connect these practices to realise the benefits of OEP.

History

Journal

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

Volume

39

Article number

8016

Pagination

1-15

Location

Como, W.A.

ISSN

1449-3098

eISSN

1449-5554

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education