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Below are all syndicated blog posts from participants in the 2019 Ontartio Extend mOOC. See also the list of active blogs

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Community First: Open Practices and Indigenous Knowledge

As my capstone project for my time as an eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellow, I worked with Skylee-Storm Hogan to write a white paper on Open Education and Indigenous Knowledge. This white paper looks at the current state of Open Education Resources in Canada and the integration of Indigenous Knowledge into OER. Spoiler – it … Continue reading Community First: Open Practices and Indigenous Knowledge

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Planning Digitization Projects for Community Archives

This week I presented a webinar on “Planning Digitization Projects for Community Archives” as part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series. The webinar focused on the basics of setting up, planning, and implementing digitization projects at community archives. It will include how-tos, potential workflows, and best practices for digitization initiatives. I spoke a lot … Continue reading Planning Digitization Projects for Community Archives

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Let’s Get Explicit

How can I explain it? If you’re all down with OEP (Open Educational Practices), I think that it’s time to make one thing clear… we’re a bunch of wannabe hip hop artists and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ll take you frame by frame it. According to The Zulu Nation, there are five essential elements of hip hop. In this post, I hope to describe each of them a little bit and then try to relay them into a […]

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The End of the EDUC5405 Journey

I believe that online courses should be designed flexibly to reflect that each delivery will be a little different because there is a new cohort of learners each time and because the instructor will either be new to the course or will have learned lessons in previous deliveries that they may want to address in other iterations. My hope for the course was to learn more about digital technology to provide options for faculty who also want a flexible course […]

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Adapting Games for Online Delivery

Gee (n.d.) identifies 16 learning principles that can be found in good (video) games: identity; interaction; production; risk taking; customization; agency; well-order problems; challenge and consolidation; “just in time” and “on demand”; situated meanings; pleasantly frustrating; system thinking; explore, think laterally, rethink goals; smart tools and distributed knowledge; cross-functional teams; and performance before competence. Sojourners’ Trail (Greason 2020, August 1, 7:23 a.m.) is an example of an educational video game that meets these criteria. Well-designed games can be effective learning […]

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Communicate with a Community to Learn

I am a social constructivist, that is, I believe that knowledge is constructed actively and with others (McLeod, 2019). And although it may be more challenging, I believe that social learning can also take place in an online course… even an asynchronous one. Starting a conversation and learning together when everyone is separated in space and time requires more structure and more facilitation on the part of the instructor (Pisarello, 2020). The instructor will need to model making connections, especially […]

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Visual Organization for Learners

Learning is visual as Peters (2014) reminds us in chapter 5. Learning designers can facilitate this principle in a variety of ways from chunking information, using headings, and graphic highlighting (bold, italics, and underlining) to creating visualizations of information to applying graphic design principles when creating documents or other learning aids. Some resources to help improve skills in this area include: Kim Golombisky & Rebecca Hagen, White Space is Not Your EnemyRobin Williams, The Non-Designer’s Design BookNancy Duarte, Slide:ology A […]

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Badges in Adult Education

“IMG_0821” by RSC Scotland is licensed underCC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Badges can be used for a variety of purposes in adult education, for example, micro-credentials or learning that is not commonly indicated by a transcript such as co-curricular activities (Educause, 2019). Conestoga College uses both: Continuing Education Micro-Credentials and Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Most of my experience with badging comes from professional development. My colleague and I used it as part of a workshop to introduce the possibilities of online learning to […]

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Community Archival Description and Community Access

This week my colleague Jenna Lemay and I presented on “Community Archival Description and Community Access” as part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series. Our webinar focused on how the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre does archival description and archival access. We provided an overview of the Centre’s approach to both and also discussed specific … Continue reading Community Archival Description and Community Access

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Gardening and Writing

My latest post, “Growing Gardens, Growing Words” can be found over at The Covid Chroniclers blog. The post talks about my love of gardening and how the act of growing things can be used to talk about the act of writing. Basically, I like both gardening and writing. But both take effort and time.

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