OE Fellows

eCampusOntario is committed to raising awareness and increasing the use of open educational resources (OER), including the use of open textbooks, across our member institutions. 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.

The eCampusOntario OE Fellows program has the following goals:

  • Promote awareness and increase use of open resources and open practices by Ontario educators working at post-secondary institutions
  • Support and advocate for increased diversity and choice in education content
  • Reduce resource costs for Ontario learners
  • Provide OE-focused professional development opportunities in partnership with post-secondary educators and learners
  • Conduct and share an action research project related to Ontario post-secondary use of OER


eCampusOntario Open Education Fellows Fall Webinar Series

Book door prizes! All are welcome. Webinars in English only. Download postcard.

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

Meet the OE Fellows

Helen DeWaard

Helen DeWaard – Lakehead University

Helen DeWaard teaches digital and media literacy at the Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Orillia. She has completed a Masters of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto, OISE. Her passion for teaching and learning with technology stretches back through her career as an elementary school teacher, special education resource teacher, and school leader. Her work with digital storytelling, critical digital literacy, and teaching with technology connects to global contexts that include digital badges, Virtually Connecting, and ISTE Inclusive Learning networks. She can be found at http://www.hjdewaard.com/. Helen actively tweets about education related topics @hj_dewaard and blogs at Five Flames for Learning (https://fiveflames4learning.com).

Maureen Glynn

Maureen Glynn – Ryerson University

In her role as Instructional Designer with Digital Education Strategies at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Maureen has supported the development of over 50 online courses across 5 program areas.  She holds an MPhil in Criminology from Cambridge University, a BA (Hons) in History from McGill University, and a Graduate Certificate in Technology Based Distributed Learning from the University of British Columbia. Maureen is a co-developer and facilitator of The Chang School’s Teaching Adult Learners Online, a professional development program for online instructors. Most recently, Maureen has served as the Lead Instructional Designer for Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP).

Aaron Lucas

Aaron Langille – Laurentian University

Aaron Langille is a Laurentian graduate-turned-professor of computer science and video game design. He is an advocate for effective learning and student engagement strategies including gamification and open educational resources. He is active on social media where he shares a variety of insights primarily through memes, hashtags, and emoji. You can find him @aaron_lucs.


Laura Killam – Cambrian College

Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with expertise using social media to support learning.

She excelled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and Masters of Science in Nursing program at Laurentian University and proceeded to work as a nurse, researcher, and educator. As a nurse she has experience in acute, community and long-term care. Her research has focused on student perceptions of safety in clinical learning, rural nursing education, interprofessional education, and social media in education. A commitment to innovation and student success drives her teaching approaches. As an educator, she strives to reflect the characteristics of someone students can feel connected to and comfortable with – flexible, available, approachable, supportive, empathetic, honest, trustworthy, and fair.  Learn more about Laura Killam by exploring her online dossier.

Jennifer O'Reilly

Jessica O’Reilly – Cambrian College

Jessica O’Reilly is an Instructional Developer in Cambrian College’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub, providing professional development, support, and instructional design services to Cambrian College faculty. She is in the process of completing a Doctor of Distance Learning degree through Athabasca University, and currently holds MEd and MA degrees in Curriculum Design and Literatures of Modernity. Jessica is excited to build awareness of the Open Education movement in Ontario via her recent appointment as an eCampusOntario OE Fellow.

James Skidmore

James Skidmore – University of Waterloo

I despise the self-serving, self-aggrandizing, humblebragging autobiographical sketches that have infested the internet like a nest of mice in an old stove. So I offer instead this heartwarming tale:  I grew up on the hardscrabble earth of the Canadian prairie. My parents raised me and my four elder siblings to be God-fearin’, family-lovin’ folk, and we wandered about the prairies as travelling threshers, stacking hay, feeding horses, and hauling water from nearby creeks for our monthly baths. After learning my three Rs by scouring abandoned seed catalogues, I was able to enter university when a foppish city youth was foolish enough to bet his admission papers in a game of dice at a rural speakeasy. At university I surprised myself with my interest in languages, and went on to learn 14 of them. Graduate school seemed like a pleasant route to go, and that took me to the U. S. of A. where I earned an undistinguished but beautifully framed doctorate at a distinguished university.  The return to my home and native land saw me teaching at universities in the eastern and central provinces. I now spend evenings on the front porch wondering if I will ever again hear the song of the Western Meadowlark and or see the shimmer of the northern lights.

If you’re interested in connecting with any of the OE Fellows, check in with them directly or email us at open@ecampusontario.ca and we’ll make an introduction!