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05.09.2018
Pressbooks now available to eCampusOntario member institutions

Photo by Christian Hume on Unsplash. If you have not explored open publishing platform Pressbooks in the last few months, you are in for a few lovely surprises. New features

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05.09.2018
OER Workshop Materials Available for Download

Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash. Are you an educator looking to integrate OER into your teaching? A new set of workshop materials, designed by Maureen Glynn and Jenni Hayman

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02.08.2018
eCampusOntario funding in action: The Art of Serious Game Design

Serious Games (SGs) help to increase students’ engagement and motivation. Designing SGs, however, is a challenge, as these games are typically created within multidisciplinary teams made up of members with

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01.08.2018
Apply to be an Open Ranger and Attend the Second Open Education Ontario Summit

Deadline extended: Friday, September 7th Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1 pm – 6:30 pm at The George Conference Centre 80 Cooperage St. Toronto ON, Canada eCampusOntario is hosting the second

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02.07.2018
Northeast by Southeast: OER Discussions Overcome Geography

eCampusOntario Program Manager Peggy French attended the Northeast OER Summit in Massachusetts this past May.  While there, she shared Ontario’s initiatives, planned collaborations, celebrated successes, and discussed common hurdles. Peggy

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02.07.2018
Handle with Care: Festival of Learning Recap

Late May is a good time of year to go West. The rhododendrons are in full bloom and the Pacific is warm enough to swim. We packed it all in

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02.07.2018
Cambrian Open Days: Colleagues and Conversations

Cambrian’s Open Day took place on May 31st and featured a variety of talks and workshops from presenters. Conference organizers and OE Fellows Jessica O’Reilly and Laura Killam led the

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27.06.2018
TESS 2018: Call for Presentations

The Technology Enabled Seminar + Showcase (TESS) is eCampusOntario’s annual conference where we celebrate our members’ achievements in online and technology enabled teaching and learning. TESS18 will take place at

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08.06.2018
The Catch: Season Finale Edition

Photo by Andrey Larin on Unsplash What’s happening in technology-enabled learning this week? This week’s very special episode of The Catch is the season finale edition! It will be hibernating

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01.06.2018
A Collaborative Production of an Open Textbook on Vital Sign Measurement

By: Jennifer Lapum, PhD, RN, Associate Professor 1; Margaret Verkuyl, MN, NP:PHC, Professor 2; Oona St-Amant, PhD, RN 1, Assistant Professor; Wendy Garcia, MN, RN, Instructor 1; Andy Tan, BScN

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01.06.2018
Save the Date for TESS18: November 12 and 13!

Join eCampusOntario for the fourth annual Technology Enabled Seminar and Showcase (TESS) 2018 on November 12-13th at Toronto’s Globe and Mail Centre.  Connect with educators, instructional designers, librarians, technologists and

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22.05.2018
The Catch: Issue #16

Photo by Gunilla S-Granfalk on Unsplash. Open Treasure: Making Sense of Open Education The Open Treasure section is here to help you find Open Educational Resources (OER). It’s the easiest section

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04.05.2018
Coming this June: The Cross-Canada Open Education Mini-MOOC

Making Sense of Open Education will run from June 1 – 15 with short daily lessons and activities at an introductory level with the purpose of the course being to

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04.05.2018
What’s New in PSE: The Learning Portal

The Learning Portal is a collaboration between Ontario college libraries, several Ontario college learning centres, and the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS). Multiple colleges pooled their resources with the purpose

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04.05.2018
Where to find the eCampusOntario OE Fellows

The OE Fellows have a busy month ahead with conferences and on-campus events.  Here’s where you’ll find them in May: Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) Conference – May

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04.05.2018
Work Integrated Learning and IntegrityMatters: eCampusOntario Funded Projects in Action

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Open Module Initiative Discover a suite of 31 open access, learner-centered online modules in WIL which support the infusion of applied and experiential learning into curriculum.

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04.05.2018
Translating Strategy into Action: Previewing the 2018-19 Funding Calls

eCampusOntario is a member organization supporting Ontario post-secondary institutions, educators and learners to enhance and expand online and technology-enabled teaching and learning opportunities on behalf of the province. We seek

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26.04.2018
The Catch: Issue #15

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash. This Fortnight in Technology-enabled Learning… The Cutting/Trailing Edge Way, way back in time, when the values of integrity (like honesty, trust, and respect) were

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13.04.2018
The Catch: Issue #14

What’s happening in technology-enabled learning? Photo by Andy Brunner on Unsplash. The Cutting/Trailing Edge Twitter is 12 years old. WordPress is 15. They must be ancient relics from days gone

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29.03.2018
Creative Commons Global Summit returns to Toronto

Curious about what’s happening with Open Education in Ontario? Interested in finding opportunities to collaborate with colleagues or apply for grant funded OER initiatives? Then you should know about eCampusOntario,

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29.03.2018
Ontario Extend East Launch

I joined the Extend East cohort of eCampusOntario’s Extend initiative as a means to developing skills in online learning and teaching, especially in the area of emerging technologies. I’d stalked the

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22.03.2018
The Catch: Issue #13

What’s happening in technology-enabled learning? Things Are Budding Edition Photo by Andrea Reiman on Unsplash. Open Treasure In this issue’s Open Treasure category we present the Open Group of 7

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06.03.2018
Expanding the Francophone OER community: A Recap of the Francophone Open Education Resources (OER) Seminar

The first ever Francophone Open Education Resources Seminar served as an opportunity for educators, librarians, instructional designers, students, government representatives and administrators from across Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba to share,

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06.03.2018
Extenders is launching this March!

Extend East launched March 6th at Fleming College and Extend West will follow on May 8th at Lambton College. Anyone from our member institutions are welcome to join the cohorts from

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06.03.2018
A Message from our CEO: Strategic Planning 2018-2021

On March 31, 2018, eCampusOntario is starting its next chapter.  Since January 2017, eCampusOntario and its Board of Directors have been engaged in a strategic planning process, supported by research,

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28.02.2018
Getting down to Business: An eCampusOntario Open Textbook Adaptation Pilot

In June 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced a $1 million dollar Ontario Open Textbooks Initiative to promote the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open

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23.02.2018
The Catch: Issue #12

What’s happening in technology-enabled learning this week? Photo by Tevin Trinh on Unsplash. Open Treasures Chance the Rapper. Arcade Fire. The Killers. eCampusOntario. What do all these bands and/or not-for-profit

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15.02.2018
The Catch: Issue #11

What’s happening this week in technology-enabled learning? Photo by Dave Hosford shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license. What’s Open? That’s Open. What with The Catch being an open and collaborative

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08.02.2018
Seeking Nominations: College Student Director

The eCampusOntario Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the following position: College Student Director with experience in online and/or technology-enabled learning (1 position) eCampusOntario was officially incorporated as a

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08.02.2018
The Catch: Issue #10

What’s happening in technology enabled learning this week? Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash. Welcome to the 10th issue of The Catch. Take note of where you are right now

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18.01.2018
The Catch: Issue #9

What’s happening in technology-enabled learning this week? Photo by Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash. The Cutting/Trailing Edge The jury is still out on who ‘12 Apps of Christmas’-ed better; BC’s Educational

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11.01.2018
The Catch: Issue #8

This 7-day period in technology-enabled learning… “Lots of Bears in the far pool (NPS/M. Fitz)” Flickr photo by KatmaiNPS shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license. Network Connectivity  The Catch

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05.01.2018
What’s Happening Around Ontario?

We’re starting a new section of our newsletter dedicated to showcasing events and activities happening at or in partnership with Ontario institutions that address online and technology-enabled teaching and learning

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04.01.2018
The Catch: Issue #7, New Year’s Edition

What’s happening this week in technology-enabled learning? Ranger Report Intrepid. Sturdy. Stalwart. These are all adjectives that you would not want to use in a mad-lib about the Ontario Open

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14.12.2017
The Catch: Issue #6, Holiday Edition

‘Twas The Catch before… Photo by Denise Johnson on Unsplash. Read It and Tweet Our peers and heroes (peeroes?) over to the left of us in B.C. are always doing things that

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12.12.2017
Job Posting: IAM Technical Lead for Lynda.com Implementation

In advance of our Lynda.com implementation, eCampusOntario is hiring an IAM Technical Lead. This individual’s main role will be software installation, integration, and account management with existing directories at Ontario

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05.12.2017
OpenCon 2017: Empowering the Next Generation to Advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data

In November, thanks to the generous support of eCampusOntario through the Student Supports initiative, we were able to sponsor a student (and myself) to attend OpenCon 2017 in Berlin. Landon

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02.12.2017
Envisioning the future of skills recognition at the Ontario Open Badges Forum

On November 22nd, eCampusOntario presented the Ontario Open Badges Forum led by Don Presant, President of CanCred.ca. Over 120 attendees from industry, government, education (K-12, post-secondary) and nonprofit came together

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02.12.2017
The Evolution of Teaching and Learning: A recap of TESS 2017

Over the past three years, the eCampusOntario showcase has served as an opportunity for educators and administrators from Ontario’s colleges and universities to share and showcase their projects and experiences

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01.12.2017
The Catch: Issue #5, Part 2

What’s happening in technology-enabled learning? There was just entirely too much great stuff by Ontario post-secondary educators coming out of last week’s Technology-Enabled Seminar and Showcase (TESS) to fit into

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28.11.2017
The Catch: Issue #5, Part 1

What’s happening in technology-enabled learning? Last week, over 400 post secondary educators from across Ontario and beyond came to #TESS17 to learn about and share each other’s work in technology-enabled

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10.11.2017
The Catch: Issue #4

What’s Happening in Technology-Enabled Learning The Cutting/Trailing Edge It’s high time that we went full-on cutting edge technology here in the Cutting/Trailing Edge section. Now, keep in mind that some

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08.11.2017
Mojijo: A innovative student-led approach to tutoring

Meet Jack Zuck, entrepreneur, student and founder and developer of Mojijo, a tech-enabled platform that eliminates the hassle for students having to hunt for tutors and for tutors looking to

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03.11.2017
The Student Experience Design Lab is in full swing!

The SXD lab is up and running. Students have identified six different pain-points in their learning experience and have formed teams to ideate and prototype solutions to these design challenges.

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27.10.2017
The Catch: Issue #3

What’s happening in technology-enabled learning Read It & Tweet It’s just about the spookiest time of the year, apart from when taxes are due, so let’s have a look at

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16.10.2017
The Catch: Issue #2

This week in technology-enabled learning Welcome to The Catch. It’s a fortnightly blog series by the four eCampusOntario Program Managers: Peg French, Joanne Kehoe, Jenni Hayman, and Terry Greene. It

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05.10.2017
The Catch: What’s Happening in Technology-Enabled Learning this Week…ish

Are you among the target audience for this blog? Let’s see… Are you involved in academic work for any of Ontario’s 45 universities and colleges? If so, then you are

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03.10.2017
eCampusOntario launches EdTech Sandbox

In June 2017, eCampusOntario announced an Expression of Interest inviting member institutions to participate in an EdTech Sandbox. The eCampusOntario Sandbox provides institutions with an opportunity to explore a new

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03.10.2017
Results of the Open Textbook Call for Proposals

On June 6th 2017, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development announced a $1 Million Dollar investment into Open Educational Resources by launching a new funding opportunity for member

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03.10.2017
New Additions to TESS 2017

eCampusOntario has been working to deliver practical and actionable seminar content that both challenges and inspires.  As such, we have updated our presentation roster, including an exciting “Pushing Boundaries” stream

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02.10.2017
Lynda.com to benefit every student, instructor and staff

eCampusOntario works on behalf of the Government of Ontario to negotiate a province-wide Lynda.com deal for every student, instructor and staff member of Ontario Colleges and Universities. eCampusOntario is pleased

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02.10.2017
eCampusOntario OER Fellows: An Invitation

“As a learning design practitioner, program manager, and member of a global network of open education advocates, I have identified a problem of practice as follows: the use of open

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29.09.2017
eCampusOntario’s Fall Marketing Campaign

eCampusOntario’s Open Textbook Library aims to put money back into the pockets of Ontario learners who are affected by the rising costs of course materials. It provides Open Educational Resources

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11.09.2017
Welcoming our new Program Manager

The eCampusOntario team would like to welcome our new Program Manager, Terry Greene, to the team.  Terry holds a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta and a

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11.09.2017
eCampusOntario’s Bento Box Series

eCampusOntario presents: The Bento Box Series – 30 minutes of lunchtime conversation on open and technology-enabled teaching and learning in Ontario Beginning in September 2017 and running throughout the academic

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11.09.2017
Open Textbook Library Updates

We are excited to share that since the launch of the Ontario iteration of the Open Textbook Library 14 Ontario institutions have contributed to the adoption of 23 Open Textbooks

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11.09.2017
Our new website + updated portal

Our new website comes after our rebranding earlier this year and is reflective of the innovation we drive in partnership with our member institutions and the empowerment we seek to

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25.08.2017
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

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14.08.2017
Introducing the Educational Technologies Sandbox

Supporting the growth and expansion of online and technology-enabled learning and teaching is a central mandate at eCampusOntario. The eCampusOntario Sandbox is meant to provide learners and educators in Ontario

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14.08.2017
eCampusOntario launches Open Textbook Library

In partnership with eCampusOntario, the Honourable Deb Matthews announced the Province of Ontario’s commitment to developing and providing free and low-cost open textbooks to post-secondary students at colleges and universities

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Events

05.09.2018
eCampusOntario hosts annual OER Seminar with student government leaders

Photo by John Schonobrich on Unsplash. Every year, eCampusOntario hosts an annual OER seminar to connect with student government leaders and engage in conversations about open education. On August 21,

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01.08.2018
Apply to be an Open Ranger and Attend the Second Open Education Ontario Summit

Deadline extended: Friday, September 7th Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1 pm – 6:30 pm at The George Conference Centre 80 Cooperage St. Toronto ON, Canada eCampusOntario is hosting the second

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19.01.2018
eCampusOntario and Collège La Cité sponsor Francophone OER Seminar

Sponsored by eCampusOntario and Collège La Cité, the Francophone Open Educational Resources Seminar aims to facilitate discussion and discovery surrounding open education resources and practices in Ontario’s Francophone institutions, and

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11.09.2017
ICDE World Conference

eCampusOntario is thrilled to announce its participation in the 2017 ICDE World Conference for Online Learning, which will be organized and hosted by Contact North. This year’s event is all

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28.08.2017
Technology Enabled Seminar + Showcase

The Technology Enabled Seminar + Showcase (TESS) is eCampusOntario’s annual conference where we celebrate our members achievements in online and tech enabled teaching and learning. Though this showcase event has

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14.08.2017
Launch of the Student Experience Design Lab

In January, eCampusOntario hosted a Student-Experience Design Studio, where 25 students from across the province came together to look at the present and future of online and technology-enabled learning in

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Posts

05.09.2018
Getting a running start for 2018-19

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash. As I look ahead to the 2018-19 academic year, I see an exciting trajectory emerging for Ontario college and university students. On top of

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31.05.2018
Gratitude and Gouda: Reflecting on my OE Global Experience

It’s a bit dumbfounding that just last week I was sitting in a beautiful conference space in Delft, Netherlands, listening to speakers from around the world talk about access, equity,

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14.05.2018
Survey Provider, Educational Technology – EOI

eCampusOntario is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from providers located within or affiliated with Ontario postsecondary institutions to support in the design and delivery of a survey, in English and

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11.05.2018
eCampusOntario OE Fellows on what “Open” means to them

In advance of their presentation at Laurentian University’s CNIE-RCIE 2018 this month, we asked five of the eCampusOntario OE Fellows to describe what “Open” means to them as educators. Read

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19.04.2018
The University of Western Ontario launches LegUP Project

The transition from high school to post-secondary is often challenging for students. With this in mind, Daniel Belliveau (Director and Associate Professor at Western University’s School of Health Studies) began

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11.04.2018
Georgian College awards Teaching Practice Credentials (TPC) to Ontario Extend East participants

This month, Georgian College began counting educator participation in the Ontario Extend East program towards their Teaching Practice Credentials (TPC), or recertification. The TPC recognizes Georgian faculty for their participation

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26.03.2018
SXD Lab: We Do Design

Recently, I had the pleasure of travelling across Ontario to co-facilitate three full-day student experience design (SXD) sprints with students, faculty and administrators at Confederation College, the University of Waterloo

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20.02.2018
eCampusOntario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey

Are you currently teaching a post-secondary course in Ontario? We want to hear from you! eCampusOntario wants to learn more about how Ontario educators currently select and use course content

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13.02.2018
Jackie Pichette and Lena Patterson — Learning with Lynda(.com)

Educators around the world are being called on to pull up their socks and save the economy: to “bridge,” “plug” or “prevent” the skills gap by equipping students with the

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16.01.2018
An era of disposable assignments?

Last year, the SXD Lab hosted a student-led Education Design Sprint that explored the concept of exponential learning. Specifically, the focus of the sprint was on a student concern known

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02.01.2018
Open Education: Redefining “Opening your Textbook”

Overview The need: To increase the range of affordable and engaging texts for Canadian post-secondary students. The solution: The Open Access textbook system. The benefit: The significant reduction of student textbook costs and

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08.11.2017
Open Access Week at the University of Waterloo

The week of October 23, 2017 was Open Access Week and I happily accepted an invitation to the University of Waterloo on October 25 to kick off its OA activities.

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13.10.2017
Extending our skills and knowledge for technology-enabled learning: why, still, yet again…

Heeding the words of Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock, that: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot

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27.09.2017
Semiotics, Decision Trees and Oxytocin with Dr. David Chandross, Ph.D.

Gamification is the use of game elements in non-entertainment contexts and my talk on November 20 at TESS is going to describe some cutting edge work we are doing in

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11.09.2017
Open 5 x 5: Five open permissions meet five reasons for being an open educator

This blog is a remix of a remix. A good thing in my view. Since 2013, I’ve built upon a presentation created by Clint Lalonde of BCcampus. He called it

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Webinars

25.10.2017
The Bento Box: EdTech Tool Time with Joanne Kehoe and Terry Greene

In this 30-minute Bento Box webinar, eCampusOntario Program Managers, Joanne Kehoe and Terry Greene, discuss two examples of cutting- and trailing-edge technology that work to benefit online and technology-enabled classrooms.

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20.09.2017
The Bento Box: Science Literacy with Dr. Bill Ju

The Bento Box is a new lunchtime webinar series produced by eCampusOntario that highlights various conversations around open and technology-enabled teaching and learning. Facilitated by eCampusOntario Program Manager, Jenni Hayman,

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11.09.2017
Open Rangers Webinar: #CanadianOpenStories

During this 60-minute webinar, eCampusOntario Program Manager Jenni Hayman moderates as four Open Rangers share intimate stories behind why they became advocates for open education and OER. The video features

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