Technologist

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, North Cohort, West Cohort

Liberating Your Calendar Bookings. @YouCanBookMe @Calendly @Outlook

Way back in 2012 or 2013 the problem of wasted time with back and forth emails to schedule a meeting with students was solved for me by a fairly in-depth Google search. For several years I have been allowing students to book themselves directly into designated times in my calendar – that is right – no back and forth emails!!! (Insert party dance) Students go to a link and pick the best time for them. If they need to reschedule […]

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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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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Empathetically Mapping The Future

This blog post is in response to the Empathy Map activity from the Technologist Module of Ontario Extend. I’ve been putting off doing this particular activity because I haven’t had a class with which to do the activity with. I figured I would have to wait until September when I have a new class and … Continue reading Empathetically Mapping The Future

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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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East Cohort, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders, West Cohort

Technologist Module – All aboard!

Welcome to the Technologist module!You'll find a lot of wonderful resources at the Technologist Module on the Extend site.A few years ago, while teaching Math for the Computer Industry course to our students in their first semester of the Computer Programmer and Computer Systems Technician - Networking programmes, I wanted to find a better way to introduce fundamental concepts of Statistics (mean, median, mode) to my students. At the same time, I wanted introduce spreadsheets to them. Al...

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eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs

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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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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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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eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs

A Roundabout Defense of the LMS and an Indictment of Other Things

Breaking Free From the 140 and the 227 My short embrace | experiment of Twitter ends soon. But I have to have a small release and write, not only in complete sentences (fingers crossed), but just plain MORE. I began as an English Lit major for goodness sake! Before luckily landing (still not sure how I pulled it off!) a secondment with eCampusOntario, I spent 10.5 years trying to move OER and openness forward at one institution [most recently out […]

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eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs

Think Throughs: Resources for Course Design and Development

Part 1: Breaking Down the Model (find these bits and bytes below) Part 2: Morphing it for Mohawk (or any other post-secondary institution) Part 3: Think Throughs: Supporting documents used in course design and development intensives Welcome to Part 3! Here are a collection of docs and resources that might assist faculty as they actually sit down to map out the design and development of courses. Mohawk College had a massive (and speedy) move to blended delivery. Therefore, the resources […]

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