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David Porter

East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Learning by doing is still the best way to go

Last year at eCampusOntario we launched our program for professional learning. We called it Ontario Extend. Ontario Extend (Extend) has six core modules.The modules are grounded in constructivist learning theory, and also have some unique “learning by doing” elements that make it a different experience for many educators. Extend is informed by an analysis of exemplary resources that were already available in the province and an exploration of professional learning models from other jurisdictions. In addition to the content modules, […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

A running start to 2018-19

As I look ahead to the 2018-19 academic year, I see a great trajectory for Ontario colleges and universities. On top of the exemplary programs already on offer from our institutions, we are seeing growing interest from prospective students in flexible online pathways to skills and credentials that will provide them with a range of academic and career pathways to pursue. Five themes are coming to the fore and we are seeing increasing activity across our member institutions to implement […]

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Embracing the nudge

I recently attended WCET’s annual summit that examined Ethical and Equitable Access in Digital Learning. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended a WCET event and I’ve missed the high-level discussions that occur at them, often on topics that are just about to emerge in mainstream higher education conversations. This year’s event was no exception, and the timing was perfect for the theme. The summit was promoted as an opportunity for rich discussion on three topics: Equity as a […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Possible shapes for the future of digital learning in Quebec

On May 29 and 29 I had the privilege to connect with colleagues in Quebec at Numerique 2018, a conference organized by the University of Montreal’s EDULib team, led by Professor Bruno Poellhuber – a very cool guy. My keynote opened the conference on the evening of May 28. The conference looked closely at advances in thinking about OER, MOOCs and distance education practice in general. Examples and discussions of possible futures were provided by speakers from Ontario, France (Catherine […]

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CNIE 2018

I was fully engaged at the CNIE annual conference at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON last week (May 15-17). We were blessed with glorious weather – sunny and just the right temperatures. It was fun to be on campus at Laurentian and enjoy the clear northern air. I had no idea how many lakes there are in the Sudbury area and within the city itself. Amazing to see so much water and access to recreational facilities everywhere I walked or […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders

Reflective scholarship is a portal to improved practice

Greetings #ExtendEast – @ontarioextend Extend East Cohort – and welcome to the Scholar module. When I was thinking about how to construct the Scholar module, it didn’t take long for me to think about the most challenging moment I’d experienced as a teacher during the last few years. Much of my recent experience had been as an online instructor in UBC’s Master of Educational Technology (MET) program, which is fully online experience for students. However, when I was asked to […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs

Let’s Hammer Out a Strategy for OER in the Trades in Ontario

In May 2017 at the ONCAT Student Pathways Conference, Tracie Marsh-Fior (Executive Director OntarioLearn) and I presented some ideas about open educational resource (OER) development for trades training. What we were pitching was the collaborative development of openly licensed instructional resources that could be used in classrooms or in more flexible arrangements through online delivery. Specifically, we were suggesting open resources to support the theory portions of technical and vocational programs in a way that benefits learners, employers and institutions. […]

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eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs

Open 5 X 5: Five open permissions meet five reasons for being an open educator

This blog is a remix of a remix. A good thing in my view. Since 2013, I’ve built upon a presentation created by Clint Lalonde of BCcampus. He called it Beyond Free. The original presentation was licensed CC BY-SA, and I’ve since added to it and updated and localized its message to suit different audiences. It remains a winner that consistently inspires instructors to rethink their current practices and take a leap into the open realm. The great thing about […]

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