Tips and Resources

Tips & Resources

January 2021

This is a collection of resources compiled for and by participants in the FLO MicroCourse: Open Options to Enrich your Career.

Note: We asked participants to share back any resources they found relevant during daily Quick Quests and had so many great contributions that I've posted these at the top and the collection of open-ed options we started the course with afterwards. Sylvia.

Resources suggested by participants

(which prompted the facilitators to add more!)

Last minute ideas from Gina found in the CC-OPENEDU mailing list:

Interested in learning to make Videos for Education and Instruction?  Here's the link to register for this Feb. 10 event; & here's the description:

"This presentation will provide an introduction to the process of making videos. Examining the three stages of video creation (pre-production, production/recording, and post-production) the aim will be to provide an understanding of what is required to make videos with a focus on educational/instructional contexts.  Specific emphasis is placed on how design decisions about various facets (e.g. audience, technology, purpose) affect other elements and possible enable or constrain future choices." The 2 presenters are with the University of Alberta. 

Open Media (& tools & helpful sites)

Open Textbooks (& resources) (subject interest noted where available)

  • Humanities text: "Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies" by Kang, Lessard, Heston and Nordmarken (2017). Thanks, Norma S.!
  • Textbook Blueprint for Success in College and Career is a guide to becoming a successful student: "I often have students in their first year of PS and it would be helpful to extract portions of this book for specific lessons. Goal setting, time management etc." - Thanks, Danna B.!

  • Textbook History of International Relations: A Non-European Perspective, by Erik Ringmar, "appears to be a great resource, especially as look at colonization and decolonization in comparative international contexts." Available for free download at, Kerry B.! 
  • Book by Tony Bates: Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning . "...very timely and thorough". Thanks, Judy W.!
    • related: follow-up targeted presentations on Tony's blog, based on the 2nd edition of Teaching in a Digital Age... look helpful to anyone moving into teaching online. Thanks, Sylvia R.!
  • English for Academic Purposes: this textbook: Building Blocks of Academic Writing ( is recommended by Branca M. Branca says: "...In addition to different types of writing, this OER offers some grammar, business documentations, and oral presentations."
  • LibreTexts is an Open Textbook project initiated by the University of California, hosting mostly texts related to STEM fields. watch over on our YouTube channel: to Gina for a late-breaking resource)

Open Course and/or Resources

  • related to participant find above Blueprint for Success in College and Career - 2 resources created by Mary Shier  of COTR, both related to student success. ... an online course in Education and Career Planning as well as an Open textbook Student Success  to accompany the course - thanks GinaB
  • Thanks to Kerry B., here's a resource from the OER Map:
  • Extracted from a third year course called Sustainability and the Environment (EGS 3021F) in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science , University of Cape Town. This 4 week module "introduces the concept of vulnerability and explores its origin, drawing on three different conceptual approaches namely Risk/Hazard, Political economy/ecology and Ecological resilience". Kerry reports: "The module, which was compiled by Gina Ziervogel, features six PowerPoint presentations aligning to six sections on the module, and includes student activities for each section. While it has a South African focus in parts, it could be adapted to other case studies. It can be found  here 
  • Thanks to BrancaM for sharing her find from the OER Map:

    Teaching international students have led me to look for different ways to help them express themselves. The focus of the community storytelling is in individual expressions through multidisciplinary forms of media   Free courses in Defining a Story, Write & Code Interactive Stories (using Elementari) Mindfulness Strategies, Yoga, Media Literacy ( to critically evaluate online resources.'Two Truths and a Lie Online' ).

  • Thanks to Annie P-G, here are three excellent MOOCs on Indigenous Education or Indigenization of Higher Ed curriculum (included with Annie's commentary & Annie recommends viewing these in this order)
    • U Alberta's Indigenous Canada, which is an overview of indigenous history, perspective, and world view. Production quality is amazing. Love the activities where you get to explore a commissioned indigenous art piece on the issue of the module. Intro-level course, covers all of Canada. (Coursera, available anytime)
    • UofT's Aboriginal WorldViews and Education. The production quality is not as high, but I thought they tackled different issues and the lecturer is fantastic. You end feeling that you have had a good, open conversation with a friend. Focused on Ontario, but applicable more broadly. (Coursera, available anytime)
    • UBC's Reconciliation through Indigenous Education . More advanced (I took this course first and it was hard, I wish I had done it after taking Indigenous Canada as I didn't understand enough about indigenous history and perspective to apply it to the specialized field of education). Good, applied. (EdX, offered in cohorts)
Topics (not subjects)
  • Info related to Assignment Sprints, inspired by post by Lydia W. (thanks, Sylvia R.):
      •  From Jacquie H: "...  a resource called "Online Activity Breaks" developed at BCIT by Erica Hargreaves. It's a series of videos with short activity breaks for those working online. I can add this as a Wellness resource."
        • In a similar vein, from Sylvia R.: "... you might enjoy the BCcampus recording of Yukon's Gurdeep Pandher leading us in a Fun Friday event to dance bhangra-style."

      •  in response to some comments and mentions of the role of social media - (from SR) If you're looking for help in using social media, Sue Beckingham (Sheffield Hallam University) has shared a rich blog resource - open licensed Social Media for Learning    


      open access - varying levels of openness, scope, timeliness

      • Public Library of Science
        • PLOS is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization focused on science and medicine. Every article they publish is open access.

      Pivot resources

      pivot to online teaching - resources to learn more about teaching online
      • Resources shared freely during the initial pivot to online teaching and learning during the COVID-19 crisis. Some parts of these resources may no longer be publicly accessible - some parts are very specific to the internal educational technologies, policies and practices. However, there are some real nuggets of value - worth reviewing if you are new to online teaching and learning


      open - registration required - offered at specific dates - times

      Short Courses - Webinars

      open to all, registration required, often recorded and shared

      Course Resources

      open licensed, self-directed study or course building

      • MIT OpenCourseWare - open access and licensed course materials, resources, outlines - various subjects Note: fledgling model of openness - provides access to course materials (incl. videos) and syllabi
      • Open Yale Courses  - only provides access to a selected number of introductory courses, some limitations on use - lecture recordings available as video, audio, text transcripts
      •  John Hopkins School of Public Health  - searchable collection of public health learning materials used in teaching their courses - non-commercial use only
      • BCcampus (SCoPE) and Royal Roads University - OER Moodle courses
      open licensed, tools to build courses
      use or participate in creating open learning resources
      • Wikiversity - focuses on learning resources, projects and research in all types of education (including professional training and informal learning.
      • P2PU Learning Circles - free in-person study groups for people who want to learn new things with others

      Collections - media

      collections of media - mixed licenses - topics of interest for educators?

      • Virtual Microscope Collections (wow! just discovered this trove!)
        • The Collections are the core of the Virtual Microscope project: each one a unique, open educational resource created by The Open University in collaboration with one or more partners.  Every Collection gives you access to virtual thin sections – and in some cases virtual hand specimens as well – of a range of samples for you to study as if using a specialist petrological microscope. You can observe the properties, size, shape, proportion and colour of minerals in the sample, as well as textures and microstructures, piecing together clues to the rock’s history – or just marvelling at the interplay of colours and patterns.
      • for Math teachers (or students): My Open Math. From the website: "Are you a student looking to study mathematics on your own, and want to do exercises with immediate feedback as you work through a free and open textbook? ... Are you an instructor who wants to adopt an open textbook, who feels online interactive homework is valuable, but doesn't want their students to have to pay an additional fee?"


      collections of OERs to reuse, repurpose, remix, reshare
      • the Wikiverse - more than just resources - but you can start by exploring what's available by scrolling to the bottom of the page and visiting each of the projects
      • from BC Open Education Librarians - "search resources like SOL*R, OER Commons or Merlot, or even popular sites like Youtube, which contain a great deal of scholarly content — if you know how to uncover it. You can also explore the OER repository rubric and other OER finding tools."
      • from Thompson Rivers University library - two OER search engines - OASIS and MOM (Note: check out links on the left for all kinds of ideas of how to find OER media and resources

      Websites to explore

      open collections of information, multimedia, learning options
      • OpenDoor - Commonwealth of Learning - curated page of resources, webinars, videos - international in scope - diverse group of organizations
      • Open Culture - free cultural and educational media on the web - much is open licensed, site is curated - broad spectrum of resources, courses, etc.

      Options to practice / participate

      Last modified: Saturday, 30 January 2021, 11:05 AM