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Module 4: The Collaborative Dining Table

In the first activity of Module 4, the Collaborator Module, we are asked to think about the projects or ideas we collaborated on with others and then choose one to draw it out like a dinner table. At the centre of the table, we are to write out the modes of communication we used for that project For this activity, I focused on the development of the Cambrian College Teaching & Learning Innovation Hub website, which I undertook last spring, […]

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Small Stretch #20: Curate Something Canadian within Wikimedia Commons

We’ve been asked to explore Canadian Content on Wikimedia Commons by starting at the index of all categories of media identified as Canadian. I located the above image of the toys of Polka Dot Door by following the main Canada index, then going to “Objects of Canada“, then “Toys in Canada“. I was especially intrigued by these images as I haven’t seen these toys since the 1980s (when the image was sourced from). The Polka Dot Door was one of […]

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Small Stretch #19: Curate Something We Should All Read

We’ve been asked to curate a resource that speaks to being a technology-empowered educator that is of value to the rest of our Extend mOOC and educational community. In the spirit of Open Access and Open Textbooks, I’ve been meaning to get started reading this one: Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching & Learning by Tony Bates. A quote from the “About the book” page: “Teachers, instructors and faculty are facing unprecedented change, with often larger classes, […]

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Small Stretch #18: Explore the World Map of OERs

In this activity, we are asked to explore the OER World Map to locate an OER outside of North America that is of interest and worth sharing. I found this great organization from Cambridge, UK called Open Knowledge International. A quote from their “About Us” page: “Open Knowledge International is a global non-profit organisation focused on realising open data’s value to society by helping civil society groups access and use data to take action on social problems. Open Knowledge International […]

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Small Stretch #16: Curate an Oddity

In this first small stretch of the Curator module, we are asked to seek out an oddity from the Public Domain Review. “The Public Domain Review provides an immense resource of books, images, audio, and video content, all of which can be used in any way you can imagine. Explore their Collections“ As a student of the Masters of Science Communication program at Laurentian University, I typed in “science” to see what type of science communication oddities exist in the […]

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Small Stretch #14: Timelines Generated from Articles

In this small stretch in the Extend mOOC, we are exploring a Timeline Generating tool called TimeLineCurator. “TimeLineCurator quickly and automatically extracts temporal references in freeform text to generate a visual timeline. You can then interactively curate the events in this timeline until you are satisfied, or quickly decide that there is no interesting temporal structure within the document. You can also create a mashup of multiple documents against each other to compare their temporal structure.” Here is a fascinating […]

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Small Stretch #13: Ed-Tech Rations

What is the technology you find yourself turning around and going home for if you forget it. What can’t leave at home or work, what do you feel naked without? (in your bag, in your pocket, wearable, etc.)? Definitely my phone. I purchased a new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in the past few months and I use it for everything. It’s a handy tool to take notes with (it has a nice stylus and annotating software), it hooks up to […]

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Module 3: Holy CRAAP

In the fifth activity of Module 3, we are asked to evaluate a YouTube video called “Hot on your trail: Privacy, your data, and who has access to it” using the C.R.A.A.P test. We are asked to fill in an online form with our evaluation of the video, compare our score with our colleagues’ scores, and apply the C.R.A.A.P. test to resources we curated in the fourth activity. CRAAP Test: Hot On Your Trail Video In viewing the “Hot on […]

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Module 3: OER Repositories

I didn’t want to lose this great list of OER repositories that eCampus Ontario provided in the Ontario Extend mOOC, so I saved it here as a blog post: General Repositories MERLOT – https://www.merlot.org/ One of the first (20 years and counting) and still one of the largest, MERLOT or Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching, aggregates 19 different types or categories of resources. There is initial vetting by MERLOT volunteers combined with the ability of peers to assess each […]

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