eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows Open Practice Project
During the 2018 – 2019 academic year, I was supported by eCampus Ontario as an Open Education Fellow. The final component of the fellowship opportunity asked us to create an Open Practice Project.
I partnered with Rowan Bell-Marusich, a graphic design student at Cambrian College, to create this mini graphic novel, titled Opening: From Systemic Disenchantment to Empowerment in Higher Education.
As a component of my most recent EdD course, Leadership and Project Management in Distance Education, we were asked to create a capstone assignment that synthesized our learning across the course.
I decided to create this audio blog, two hours or so of recorded reflection, reaction, and goal-setting. I’m sharing it here because I really enjoyed the process, and look forward to engaging in some self conversation once a bit of time has passed.
Over the past few years, I’ve slowly plugged away at eCampus Ontario’s Ontario Extend program, participating in the drafting of the first iteration, jumping into a cohort-based delivery, hosting eCampus Representatives at my Teaching and Learning Centre for a northern cohort kick-off, and finally completing the program in a MOOC-format hosted on EdX.
I’d get so jazzed when I’d complete a module and earn one of the badges featured above, bragging shamelessly on Twitter, that the eCampus team started to call me “Badges O’Reilly”! So funny.
I highly recommend this program for individuals and pedagogical teams looking for a robust teacher-education program intended to enhance educators’ technological competence and fluency. I love that it’s been enhanced iteratively through design-based research practices, and I really appreciated its constructivist orientation, which places the learning in the hands of the participants – a great example of learning by doing.
Plus, look how awesome that final mega badge looks. Who wouldn’t want to be an Empowered Educator?!