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The purpose of this literature review was to gain a deeper understanding of student experiences of open educational practices (OEP). The research was conducted against the backdrop of a small, publicly funded university in Canada that offers a masters-level program delivered largely though open learning environments. A systematic literature review identified both benefits and challenges to OEP, related to open learning digital environments, tools and activities as well as institutional services and supports. Students further experienced benefits in working with others, developing a sense of self, and increased learning engagement. They also reported challenges associated with anxiety and with practical aspects such as privacy, copyright, and time management. Much can be learned from research into existing collaborative and related educational practices that preceded concepts of OEP. The study recommends increased focus on scaffolding for faculty and students in the implementation of OEP, as well as more research into student experiences.
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