Open educational practices for curriculum enhancement

Alejandro Armellini*, Ming Nie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) are relatively new areas in educational research. How OER and OEP can help practitioners enhance curricula is one of a number of under-researched topics. This article aims to enable practitioners to identify and implement appropriate open practices to enhance higher education curricula. To that aim, we put forward a framework of four open educational practices based on patterns of OER reuse (‘as is’ or adapted), mapped against the processes of curriculum design and delivery. The framework was developed from the in-depth analysis of 20 cases of higher education practitioners, which revealed patterns of OER reuse across disciplines, institutions and needs. For each open practice we offer evidence, examples and ideas for application by practitioners. We also put forward recommendations for institutional policies on OER and OEP
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-20
Number of pages14
JournalOpen Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2013


  • Open educational resources
  • open educational practices
  • openness
  • curriculum design
  • curriculum delivery
  • higher education


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