OE Fellows

eCampusOntario Open Education Fellows Fall Webinar Series

eCampusOntario Open Education Fellows Fall Webinar Series

This year, eCampusOntario welcomed six new partners, the Open Education (OE) Fellows, to lead action research focused on open education and contribute to the broader development of the open community in Ontario. To learn more about the Fellows, see the OE Fellows page.

In fall 2018, the Fellows recorded a series of webinars for eCampusOntario. Each webinar featured at least one Fellow (often with partners and guests) and explored an open topic related to the Fellows’ work and Ontario open explorations.

Webinar 1: Open Media: Using audio and video as part of open teaching practice

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 10am – 11am
Helen DeWaard, Lakehead University
Laura Killam, and Jessica O’Reilly, Cambrian College

This discussion-based session will introduce faculty to the importance of audio and video in teaching and learning, through the lens of the Community of Inquiry model. Anchoring to the key principles of Universal Design for Learning, participants will be introduced to some of the academic literature supporting these high-impact practices. They will learn pragmatic tips and tricks for producing audio and video learning objects, as well as classroom-tested examples.

Zoom link to register: https://bit.ly/2Ob8Bha


Webinar 2: Embedding OER in the online course development process

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 12noon – 1pm
Maureen Glynn, Ryerson University

Are you in the middle of developing an online course, or are you collaborating with someone who is? Would you like to learn more about how OER can support and streamline this process? In this webinar, we will consider the integration of OER into the online course development process from the planning stage through to full production of course materials. A range of resources will be shared, along with tips on how and when they can be best employed as part of online course design. Participants will take away practical strategies, tools, and ideas that will help them to unlock the potential of OER to enrich and strengthen their online teaching and learning.

Zoom link to register: https://bit.ly/2x6DAoi


Webinar 3: Quest-based learning: Open theory development

*NEW TIME* Friday, November 2, 2018 – 11am – 12pm
Laura Killam, Cambrian College
Aaron Langille, Laurentian University

Drawing on research, theory and classroom experiences this session focuses on exploring gamification to promote student engagement in learning. Game design in the context of computer science and nursing will be used as examples. Advantages and disadvantages (Atena & Priego 2014; Caswell & Jensen 2008) of open versus proprietary platforms will be explored, as well as the possibility of hybrid approaches. The use of gamification in both University and College learning environments, scalability to large class sizes and workload on educators and teaching assistants will be addressed. It is hoped that this work will lead to novel synergies between OERs and gamification, producing new opportunities for educators and improved educational experiences for post-secondary students.

Zoom link to register: https://bit.ly/2OEQx2r


Webinar 4: Policy obstacles for open education in Ontario

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 1pm – 2pm
James Skidmore, University of Waterloo; Nick Baker, University of Windsor; Michel Singh, eCampusOntario

One of the issues preventing greater instructor involvement in open education is professional recognition; they question whether the effort required will be rewarded. Top-down signs of support (e.g. acknowledging open educational practices in tenure and promotion) are rare; bottom-up activism feels like an uphill battle. Can anything be done? In this webinar, panelists will identify signs of progress and discuss where open educators might best concentrate their efforts to make a difference in institutional policy.

Zoom link to register: https://bit.ly/2QprbUd


Webinar 5: Introduction to Open Educational Practice (OEP)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 10am – 11am 
Helen DeWaard, Lakehead University
Laura Killam, and Jessica O’Reilly, Cambrian College

This session will introduce participants to the concept of Open Educational Practices (OEP), focusing on learner empowerment and engagement. A variety of post-secondary educators will join the webinar to showcase how they have extended their teaching practice into open spaces.

Zoom link to register: https://bit.ly/2Qpy0W4