Title of Work

Empowerment through Open Education Practices in the Classroom

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Publication/Presentation Date


City of Publication or Presentation

Portland, OR

Conference Name

Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Annual Conference

Conference Location

Portland, OR


Open education stems from a philosophy well adhered to within sport psychology: that individuals crave autonomy, personal connection, and a sense of control in what they do. This self-determined approach is no different in a classroom setting, where students are so often stripped of those elements and told by their instructor what to learn, how to learn, and held to their (often rigid) standards. Such educational climates often deter students’ natural curiosity about subjects, leaving them feeling disempowered, disconnected, and demotivated. Open educational practices, on the other hand, provide students with personal choice through hands-on significant learning experiences (Fink, 2003) that often link students’ educational experiences to the broader community – teaching students personal responsibility, tolerance, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and application of knowledge. Furthermore, such practices allow students to feel a sense of connection, control, and enjoyment with the learning experience, leading to more motivated, harder working students. This lecture will provide an overview of open education as a pedagogical philosophy and provide examples of how it has been implemented in various sport and exercise psychology classes, elevating the classroom climate and providing a more inclusive environment. Suggestions will be made for other instructors interested in implementing such practices.

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