Build a longer table (of collaboration) 

I’m a believer when it comes to collaboration. It’s one of the reasons I actively seek collaborative experiences such as ExtendmOOC. 

A year or so ago, I completed the image below as part of an early round of the Collaborator module. I was thinking of who would be at my table from a work perspective.

To be honest, it was one of the first things I did with Ontario Extend and I loved it in part because of the metaphor of the table. A table is where you break bread together with people you share values with, it’s where discussion happens, and where ideas generate and blossom. It’s where you get pushback (hopefully civil!) that allows you – if you’re open to it – to sharpen your understanding and hone your own thinking for continuous improvement. 

Our house, with three teens, is an open door. Their friends revolve in and out all the time and there’s always food, always conversation. A favourite story is my husband asking a youth which of our teens he was visiting. None of them, was his reply. He was the guest of a guest. When asked why he was at the table, he responded, well, you said time to eat, so here I am. So we sit and share and talk and laugh. And hopefully everyone gets something out of the evening. We had so many guests that my father in law – who made our original old pine table – made us an extension. I’m of the mind that we should always be building a longer table. 

The same is true metaphorically. My work table is about open pedagogy, empathy, compassion. Also about fairness, equity, student choice. It’s about assessment practIces, active learning, creative classrooms. It’s about inclusivity, diversity, belonging. All this…and so much more. I’m learning every day. Sharing every day. 


All of this begins in a place where you feel welcome and safe. Come on in. Have a seat. 

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Curation: Module 3 application #ExtendmOOC

Starting with the Requirements:

  1. Defined content curation.
  2. Explored Creative Commons Licenses and compared them to Copyright.
  3. Used Boolean operators and limiters to refine searches.
  4. Explored repositories to curate content that meet specific learning goals.
  5. Used the CRAAP test to evaluate OER.
  6. Reflected on using OER when designing, developing and revising courses or workshops

Evidence as below: 

1. Screenshot of post


2. Screenshot of post


3. I always use Boolean Operators to search images and find sources….the advantages of a focused search are that you get superior results. For this image, I used spring and person, but refined it to include umbrella and colour. I also then used not to exclude nature because I wanted a very specific look. 


4. Loved this activity. Copy of the post I made below.

Love https://openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca and have used their resources and encouraged fellow faculty to as well.

Feel that https://oedb.org/ilibrarian/50_essential_resources_for_esl_students/ could be a fantastic resource for our EFL students and will share it today with our coordinators

Personally really enjoyed http://justiceharvard.org and am thinking I could use some of this for an ethics class… hmmm. Things to consider.

And finally…. I posted about this but what fun. https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/ has so much to explore. 

And some screenshots from the posts I added to Padlet.


5. In addition to CRAAP, I also reviewed other credibility tests including RADAR and this OER on credibility that I use  in class.


6. This is my reflection. 

What drew me to OER in the first place was seeing slides shows and notes for plenaries and workshops that I couldn’t attend made freely available by educators. I thought it both brilliant and so obvious that we as educators should always be doing that…sharing our work and ideas. That was years ago, and nothing I have seen since has changed my mind. Before e-campus Ontario and I were acquainted, I was busy inventing my own versions of open resources, avoiding textbooks, having students co-create their own texts and resources, and sharing widely (which to me is the whole point…to share and remix).

Today I think of OER as a habit. I encourage students to create for class and share their ideas publicly. The concept of ownership is shifting (Uber, tool libraries) and I think we are seeing that same shift in academia. It’s not about ownership so much as it is about collaboration and the free sharing of ideas for mutual benefit. I want students to build off each other. I want to build off others. And I want to provide others an opportunity to build off my ideas, recasting and improving them. 

For one of the extend extras, I made this which sums up what I think OER and citation represents: Turtles all the way down. We are all standing on each other’s shoulders…that’s how we grow taller.