Kicking off Ontario Extend with the Extend Summer Institute

The Ontario Extend Summer Institute is a Northern capacity building project that is intended to empower a community of 30 Northern Ontario educators as they explore a range of emerging technologies and pedagogical practices for effective online and technology-enabled learning.

In keeping with Dr. Simon Bates’ educator framework from his presentation ( titled Anatomy of the 21st Century Educator, the Institute will be supported by six online modules that embody the attributes of a twenty-first century educator: teacher for learning, curator, technologist, collaborator, educator, scholar, and experimenter.

Using the modules, the educators will extend their skills and knowledge about technology-enabled teaching and learning while reflecting upon the ways in which the skills impact their teaching practice and scholarship. The Institute and its workshops will challenge the participants to explore new technologies and approaches to learning and encourage them to share these developments and insights with their home institutions. The project will kick off in Toronto in mid August.

Reflecting on project submissions from the latest round RFPs and EOIs

The eCampusOntario team is hard at work processing the project submissions put forward by Ontario educators.

In total, eCampusOntario received:

  • 38 Open Textbook Project Proposals
  • 40 Digital Inclusion Project Proposals
  • 54 Educational Technology Sandbox Expressions of Interest:
    • 19 Open Badging Submissions
    • 15 Experiential Learning Submissions
    • 20 Virtual Simulation Submissions

In the near future, eCampusOntario looks forward to sharing the results with Ontario’s colleges and universities. Additionally, the organization hopes to showcase some of the work at the third annual Technology Enabled Seminar and Showcase, happening in November 2017.

Coming Up at eCampusOntario

Events in September

  • European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning: eCampusOntario CEO, Dr. David Porter was invited by the government of Estonia to speaks at its Future of Work: Making It e-Easy conference in Tallinn in September 2017. David will be presenting about the role that online technology plays in skills development. Leaders from across the European Union will be present at this event.
  • 2nd World OER Congress: David Porter will also travel to Ljubljana, Slovenia for the UNESCO World Open Educational Resources Congress following the Estonia event. He was invited by the UNESCO Commission in Slovenia to represent eCampusOntario and to speak about its commitment to action in the OER space in the Ontario higher education sector.

Events in November

  • Annual Seminar + Showcase: Everyone at the eCampusOntario office is gearing up for the third annual Seminar + Showcase, to be hosted at the Beanfield Centre from November 20-21. Exciting updates on this year’s conference will be shared as they become available.

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