Are Open Educational Practices (OEP) different from OER?


Open Educational Practices (OEP) may be defined as strategies and techniques that support the creation, use and reuse of open educational resources (OER), promote innovative, flexible, and collaborative pedagogical models, and empower learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning path.

Thus although OER and OEP are conceptually related, the term OER refers specifically to openly licensed content and resources whereas the term OEP refers to the broader practices and pedagogies that may be employed to create an educational environment in which OER are used or created. OEP address the whole OER governance community: policy makers, managers and administrators of organizations, educational professionals, and learners.

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