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