I am thrilled to share the news that have been selected as one of five eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows for 2019-2020. The OE Fellowship program provides a small cohort of professionals with the opportunity to engage in open education advocacy and scholarship. Continue reading eCampusOntario Open Education Fellow
The #ExtendmOOC I’m currently participating in has ‘stretches’ built into it. These stretches often pose a question, require some creative thinking, and are quick fun activities, The stretches are made available throughout each module and are considered extras. I’ve really enjoyed these activities – partially because a lot of them have involved memes, gifs, and images. Here are my responses to the module 4 stretch challenges:Continue reading Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 4 Stretches
I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of where I publish my work, the accessibility of my work to community members, and open access. In today’s episode I talk about peer reviewed journals, popular publishing, and finding open access outlets.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the intersection of history, publishing, and open access initiatives. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.
Mentioned in this episode:
-“Doing the working: Editing Wikipedia as act of reconciliation.”
–Outrage over University’s $999 online textbook
-Thomas Peace, “Open Pedagogy: The Time is Now”
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I recently starting working with Pressbooks as a way to develop an Open Educational Resource (OER) about residential schools and the history of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
For folks not familiar will Pressbooks, it is a publishing platform that you easily create ebook and print-ready files for printing physical books. In Ontario, eCampus Ontario has a dedicated Pressbooks instance for folks at universities in the province who are looking to develop OER and open textbooks. The platform is extremely user friendly, and if you’ve used WordPress you’ll find the navigation and content entry system very similar. I love the idea of using digital tools to create accessible, open access material for students to use in the classroom. I also think there is a ton of potential for archives to work with historians to provide primary source material for this type of project.
We’re still very much in the content development phase of this project; but it has been really interesting to think about ways to illustrate the unique history of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School site in connection to the larger residential school system. This is a history that the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre have been collecting and discussing for decades. It’s also a history that has become past of my daily work for the past eight years, either through archival practice or educational outreach programming. The development of OER content has the potential to deliver this history in new ways and to expand the reach of this important work.
I’m also really seeing the benefit of using a platform which supports collaboration. I’ve been able to bring in a number of
conspirators co-authors to this project and we have been able to jointly develop content and design. I also like the flexibility a digital platform provides – hyperlinks, embedded audio-visual, and photographs are some of the obvious advantages. In the case of our project we’re also embedding primary source material held by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. It is allowing us to directly connect learns will archival records, archival photographs, and documents which are central to telling the history of the Shingwauk site.
I would love to hear what other public history and Canadian history folks are doing with Pressbooks, OER software, and open textbook development. What are you working on? What resources do you wish existed to support your students?