On this fine fall day, I would like to curate some content to demonstrate that I meet the Ontario Extend curator badge criteria. This post will attempt to be sassy and fun. Oh, and I might as well use it for the 9x9x25 challenge since I am falling behind on those posts.

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√ Defined content curation.

Here is a curated definition found using the OER Commons:

Curation: the process of selecting, organizing, and sharing high-quality teaching and learning materials online.


From “OER Academy: Curation – Remix” 2017 by userErica Zimmer
under license“Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International”

Here is a fun definition in case you want it in my own words: Curation is how we carefully identify and sequence materials to augment our learning environments. This process usually happens online. However, it may occur in a variety of ways.

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√ Exploring Creative Commons Licenses and comparing them to Copyright.

As an OE Fellow with eCampusOntario for almost a year now and in my new role at Cambrian I feel like I have done this many times. Click here for where I recently directed students for resources to answer this question as we were having a discussion about what license to apply to our co-constructed rubrics.


√ Used Boolean operators and limiters to refine searches.

I am not really sure what proof you need, but here is a blog post about a neat trick I learned from Peggy in Jenni’s MOOC. Also, I have a pretty reliable librarian to vouch for me:

Just in case that doesn’t work, let’s have some fun:

Goal: To see what I can find about this “NurseKillam” to meet these criteria.



√ Exploring repositories to curate content that meet specific learning goals.

Here is a post from about a year ago reflecting on the curation process. I can say that since then my process has changed dramatically. My first stop for textbooks is now the eCampusOntario textbook library. Last year I started using this open textbook for students needing more information about quantitative research. This term I have recommended (but still need to report the use of) an second open textbook for students in my fourth year nursing research course. I haven’t been able to replace all the books students need, but I have recommended this open textbook to students doing a literature review.

My second stop is the OER commons website. Just yesterday I searched it for a former student who reached out asking for recommended resources. I often search it with faculty. 

My third stop is Marnie (my Librarian) or Peggy (from eCampusOntario).

√ Using the CRAAP test to evaluate OER.

How about I evaluate the co-created rubric for participation my students helped me make.

Currency = excellent – just posted. Links work.

Relevance = perfect for my needs – imagine that. It was created by my students and I and is at an appropriate level for them. They are the audience.

Authority = students are qualified to know their own context. I am qualified to know the needs of the course. In collaboration we balance each other well.

Accuracy = it was developed based on another OER and has been reviewed by many many people. It is well written and is objective. Click here for a description of the process.

Purpose = the purpose is to set clear expectations.

I say it passes! 

Okay, maybe that is cheating …

Here is CRAAP assessment #2 of the rubric for evaluating rubrics that I modified for the course. We used it to develop ours.

Currency = 2013. Based on 2003 work.

Relevance = perfect for my needs. Educators are the audience. Learners understood it.

Authority =  is respected and experienced (click here

Accuracy = it was developed based on another resource and has a 5 star review on OER commons. It seems accurate and has been used by other educators at Cambrian. It is unbiased (except towards grading, which is why I edited it).

Purpose = to assist in creating high quality rubrics.


√ Reflecting on using OER when designing, developing and revising courses or workshops.

See above. Also, here is a flashback from the past. I was never able to replace that book in time. Maybe I should try again.



Here is a great tip when you can’t find an entire book:


Which badge should I get next?


Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit http://nursekillam.com/.


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