21st Century Educator Resources
Over the summer the eCampusOntario team has been hard at work developing professional learning resources for faculty, instructors and institutions based on the Anatomy of a 21st Century Educator concept developed by Dr. Simon Bates. The Ontario Extend website provides access a set of six openly licensed (CC BY-SA 4.0), online modules on topics including: Teacher for Learning, Technologist, Collaborator, Curator, Experimenter, and Scholar. A prototype of the resources was used with a group of 30 Northern Ontario university and college educators in mid-August 2017, and based on feedback received at the workshop, a revised version will be available in September 2017. Educators in Ontario are welcome to use, revise, or remix the resources to suit the needs of their institution or a particular discipline area. The Ontario Extend resources are a set of tools that are malleable and openly licensed, allowing them to be customized to meet educator needs.
With the launch of the Ontario Open Textbook Library in June 2017, our university and college faculty will have a new opportunity to provide their students with free classroom resources that can also be customized to better suit educational needs in their classes. Expanding on the initiative begun in British Columbia by BCcampus, we are also working with Ryerson University to develop and implement a prototype open publishing platform for Ontario that will provide the shared online environment for editing and distributing additional open textbooks for the library. We are also working towards a mobile delivery platform for open textbooks that would add the ability to search, annotate, and listen to (text-to-speech) the textbooks (a nice feature for commutes to campus on transit).
eCampusOntario will be available to answer questions from students and parents about our work at two upcoming events: Ontario Universities’ Fair September 22–24 and Ontario College Information Fair on October 24–25.