This paper addresses the conference theme of ‘open educational practice’. The methodological approach is rooted in the perspectives of two open educators, both committed practitioners and researchers of ‘open’ – not only in their individual teaching and learning practice, but also in championing openness as a necessary and democratic practice for education, at all levels. Emerging themes and conflicts regarding openness and OER are explored via a literature review (including, but not limited to, previous research undertaken by the authors). These themes will inform the design of (i) a mapping tool which can be used by individuals to locate themselves and their current practice, and (ii) a series of straightforward approaches to OER so that individuals can ‘get using, get sharing, and get influencing’. It is intended that these simple tools will be able to be used by educators at all points on the openness continuum, from those just learning about openness and OER, to those wishing to effect wider change.
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