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Tuesday, October 17 • 4:15pm - 4:45pm
The Growing Edges of Primary/Secondary OER and Open Pedagogy Research

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Research about OER and open pedagogy in primary and secondary education is a growing edge for educational research. Within this vast landscape, there are many possible questions to explore(Blomgren & McPherson, 2018) and graduate students may experience a sense of overwhelm and bewilderment regarding what they should study when so much of this field is unstudied. Graduate supervisors as well may sense ambiguity about knowing where and how to guide novice researchers in the hope that momentum will grow from these research studies(Lee, 2008).

In this presentation, an education doctorate graduate supervisor and two graduate students will present their perceptions of making sense of the primary/secondary OER research landscape. The supervisor will speak to how other education researchers study similar concerns, but not through the lens of open education thereby creating an absence of recognition of OER and open pedagogy as commensurate and more enveloping than their singular focus.

The first graduate student who is approaching her candidacy exam, will speak to the process she encountered in narrowing her topic and research questions. She will address how she has discovered through her literature review and experiences as a school librarian that both practitioners and researchers are talking about open pedagogy albeit without that nomenclature and the connections it brings from higher education research, practice, and theories. The second graduate student, who is completing coursework prior to engaging in her doctoral research, will speak to the vast landscape and the uncertainty of what to research within OER and open pedagogy for primary/secondary education. What to study when so much is possible? What might move primary/secondary education forward most quickly with respect to OER and open pedagogy applied research?

As audience members we invite your ideas, responses, and indicators of research areas of most need as part of widening collaborative processes supporting graduate research (Aldosari & Ibrahim, 2019). From where you work and live, what topic or question might be a strong contributor to this dearth of studies? How can current proposed studies be strengthened from your insights? Within the parameters of applied research, how can you contribute to novice practitioner-researchers of perceptions of which growing edge to tend and learn from?

Please feel free to access our collaborative padlet in advance of the session to contribute to the questions for reflection and feedback. You can access the Padlet here: https://padlet.com/shammershaimb1/the-growing-edges-of-primary-secondary-oer-and-open-pedagogy-hart2dhupujdlhix 1


Aldosari, D. M., & Ibrahim, A. S. (2019). The Relationship Between Interpersonal Approaches of Thesis Supervisors and Graduate Student Satisfaction. International Education Studies, 12(10), 96. https://doi.org/10.5539/ies.v12n10p96

Blomgren, C., & McPherson, I. (2018). Scoping the nascent: An analysis of K-12 OER research 2012-2017. Open Praxis, 10(4), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.10.4.905

Lee, A. (2008, January 1). How are doctoral students supervised? Concepts of doctoral research supervision. Studies in Higher Education, 33(3), 267–281.

Keywords: doctoral research, Primary/secondary education OER research, graduate supervision, open pedagogy research, open education and practice

Session outcomes and takeaways: There are three learning outcomes for this presentation. First, audience members will learn about the vastness of this area of research and how this situation has a doubtful advantage. Second, audience members will hear directly from novice research-practitioners about their processes in narrowing their topic and creating research questions. Lastly, a QR code will take audience members to a crowd-sourced padlet. Audience members will be able to provide suggestions and feedback concerning their perceptions of what topics within primary/secondary school OER and open pedagogy need timely research attention.

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Connie Blomgren

Associate Professor, Athabasca University
Dr. Connie Blomgren is an Associate Professor at Athabasca University where she has designed and implemented professional learning modules to further Open Educational Resources and digital pedagogy (i.e. Blended and Online Learning and Teaching). The BOLT blog hosts teacher commentaries... Read More →
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Michael Paskevicius

University of Victoria
Dr. Michael Paskevicius is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on learning design practices, the development of digital literacies, and supporting personal knowledge management in an environment of... Read More →
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Sarah Hammershaimb

Graduate Student, Athabasca University
Hi everyone! I'm excited to be part of the Open Education community. I am a teacher librarian from Denver, Colorado and an EdD student at Athabasca University. I have worked as an elementary classroom teacher, public librarian and elementary teacher librarian, and am currently involved... Read More →

Jodi Barber

Athabasca University

Tuesday October 17, 2023 4:15pm - 4:45pm MDT
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