As one of the fellows who shared what a profound impact eCampusOntario is having on our work in today’s panel, I wanted to invite everyone to take a closer look at how you can become involved with eCampusOntario. There are opportunities to engage with them in many formats as little or as much as you want to.

For me, being an open fellow has meant increased professional development and support with integrating open practices into my daily teaching. I have been advocating for openness, seeking resources and creating content as part of my teaching. We have also been able to attend conferences like OE Global and CNIE, which would not have been possible without the support of eCampusOntario. Each of us has taken different actionable items from these opportunities. Today I talked about how at OE Global I saw what was possible when institutions break down the silos that keep us working in isolation and begin to share what we create. Working together and producing quality resources is possible in disciplines like nursing. They have done it in the Netherlands. We can do it here, but it is going to take work to impact change. I am ready for the journey!

We all also have our own research projects. Mine is focusing on experiences of educators in accredited health care programs who have tried to use open resources. It is currently in the recruitment phase as it just received ethical approval. What I like about this project is the focus but also that I am looking to hear from those that have been unsuccessful or successful in finding or using open resources. What is particularly interesting to me is the perception of them among these educators.

Collaboration is happening among us as well in the planning of several on-campus awareness events. It has been a pleasure contributing to the discussion in various ways. Watch for our webinars and hopefully (budget pending) the next call for fellows. If you have an opportunity to be one it is highly worth it!

Slides: Click here.


David, the CEO of eCampusOntario also got a well-deserved award for his leadership, which we celebrated at the Gala dinner. You can hear more from him tomorrow on the final day of the conference.

Tomorrow is the Ontario Extend presentation. If you have some socks I invite you to wear them!


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

1 Comment

Irene Stewart · May 16, 2018 at 11:34 pm

Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to hear more about the use of open resources in health care programs. While I do not work or teach in the health care field, I do understand that there is a emphasis on sharing best practices and learning from research. Open resources seem to fit well with that approach!

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