Other Open Initiatives

ChatGPT in STEM Teaching: An introduction to using LLM-based tools in Higher Ed - Use this open resource to learn about large language models (LLM), how to use them in teaching and learning science at the post-secondary level, considerations for using them and more.

Advancing Intercultural Competence - This program is divided into three interconnected modules to nurture your intercultural competence more holistically.

Indigenous Wellbeing, Health, and Social Justice - This course is intended to engage and advance knowledge and practice in Indigenous wellbeing and health through a social justice lens. It critically links determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ wellbeing and health to historical and ongoing colonial priorities and practices. Disparities in health and social issues, access to care, and systemic challenges, including racism experienced by Indigenous Peoples in different regions and contexts, are shared as points for discussion and reflection.

Volunteer Management for the Not-for-Profit Sector - This 12-module digital course, Volunteer Management for the Not-for-Profit Sector, addresses key components of volunteer management practices, standards, and strategies that are in demand within the not-for-profit sector.

Accessibility for Online Course Design - this guide describes in plain language the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation for Accessible Websites and Web Content, which is based on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) at Level AA. Although primarily intended for developers and course design staff who work with instructors and faculty to create online courses, the material can be used by anyone interested in making their online course websites accessible. The site has been shared openly thanks to some generous funding from eCampus Ontario.

Getting Ready to Author Digital Assets- this course is designed to illuminate some of the unique opportunities online learning environments provide students while, at the same time, alerting authors to the workload implications and the ways in which time and other resources are sometimes used inefficiently. We discuss cognitive principles as they apply to online learners, offer numerous design and development tips, share sample lessons and activities, and provide you with checklists and other handouts.

Kultur360 - is an independent webspace producing original content and analysis about contemporary society and culture in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Founded in 2014 by a group of Canadian academics, kultur360 seeks to bring accessible research, information, and opinion about central Europe to an English-speaking audience.

TransEd - a collaborative effort between the McMaster University Department of Family Medicine and Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, TransEd is an online learning module targeted at providing post-secondary healthcare students with tools to improve comfort and competence in transgender care

User Experience Design for Learning (UXDL) Honeycomb – the UXDL honeycomb site, based on Peter Morville’s work, was designed and developed by the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Extended Learning. It contains principles and examples illustrating how to create valuable online learning experiences for students. The site has been enhanced thanks to some generous funding from eCampus Ontario.

Waterloo Writing Works - modules are designed to give you extra instruction on some of the key rules of report writing.

WriteOnline - is a collaborative initiative between the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University and was developed for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) as part of the Ontario Online initiative. Guides for writing case study reports, lab reports, and reflective essays introduce students to the particularities of these genres, provide practical strategies for students to try in their own writing, and uses model texts to help students better understand the organization, format, and language used in each of these types of writing.