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Cultivating Curators

Greetings Extenders! From Twitter and Terry talks, you folks are thoroughly engaged and committed to ‘extending’. Kudos! You have just finished Joanne’s thoughtful and interactive module on Technologist. Boy, do I hate following her. This module is a basic introduction to the act of curation or choosing appropriate and engaging  resources as you design and develop your inclusive learning environments. Curation can showcase your creativity, commitment, and searching skills, but there is a downside. The act of curating is also […]

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Extend: Teacher for Learning

After some (well, repeated) gentle browbeating from T. Greene, it’s time to add my small contributions to the activities of Extend. It is such a worthwhile project, I am not sure what took me so long. Mine may not be the most innovative of exercises, but they have been tried and tested on at least one cohort of learners. I never taught the same course twice as the college wanted courses re-designed and the most efficient and economical way forward […]

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Stuck in the Middle

I will give you a few moments to tap into your memories from the title. Depending on your age and disposition, it might be the Stealers Wheels, one of the many nasty scenes from Reservoir Dogs, or perhaps even a hokey show from Disney. It is also where I find myself. Stuck in the middle and on the ground. Pancake Bay, Lake Superior Deep appreciation to David Wiley for underscoring misaligned incentives for OER adoption at the post secondary level. Having […]

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Don’t Gussy Up the Geese!: Mobilizing Moral Rights

Title refers to a famous Canadian copyright case. Bare bones: Artist, Michael Snow,  created Canadian geese to hang from the ceiling of large shopping centre (Eaton Centre in Toronto ON). Eaton’s put bows around the neck of geese for holiday season, but had to remove them after Snow sued that the bows violated the integrity of his work.  300 Years to Return to the Start Almost always copyright is cited as an important element to incentivizing creative work (that verb […]

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Hero Versus Superhero: You Can Wear a Mask and Be Open

B. Toenjes | flickr: Justice League #36 | CC BY-SA-NC I have no turkey to prep; I think I am actually going to make pizza for Thanksgiving dinner. This leaves me with some extra time on my hands – not always a good thing! I have been mulling over and eventually mashing up a few unconnected posts from the past week. George Siemens’s comment to my colleague, Terry Greene, “Canada has been slow on several fronts for open education”. Terry’s […]

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Exercise Your Critical Eye! Review an Open Textbook

We here at eCampusOntario are excited to have Ontario subject matter experts review offerings from our open textbook library. There are several works that are the digital equivalent of “hot off the press”. Although you are free to submit an offer to review any of our textbooks, we are especially keen to have your take on newer resources.   Learn more about new open textbooks by looking them up using the card catalogue. Once you peruse the open textbook’s information, […]

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Why Open Matters | Why Closed Concerns

I am excited that I am early enough in the discussions to be the one to drag it out and write it down…. “Free as in speech, not beer.” But I would like to unpack it slightly differently from its common understanding in the open world. The “free” here involves work and a commitment. Witnessed at an alarming rate these past few months, free speech is no longer a guaranteed right. If we are to well, right the right to […]

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Data Visualization: Impactful Infographics ~ Part 1

  From Visually. A visual representation of The Big Lebowski. [Yup, you can basically represent anything visually, but that doesn’t mean you must!] One of “Yes, I really want to know more about that!” tools from our Summer Extend Institute was infographics. Our colleagues from the North were quite keen to inject them into their teaching and learning plans. This post might contain more than you need to increase adoption of infographics either by you or your learners,  but I […]

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eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs

Data Visualization: Impactful Infographics ~ Part 1

  From Visually. A visual representation of The Big Lebowski. [Yup, you can basically represent anything visually, but that doesn’t mean you must!] One of “Yes, I really want to know more about that!” tools from our Summer Extend Institute was infographics. Our colleagues from the North were quite keen to inject them into their teaching and learning plans. This post might contain more than you need to increase adoption of infographics either by you or your learners,  but I […]

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