Category Archives: Update

#InnovatorsMindset: Focus on New and Aspiring Educators

Today we want to express enormous thanks to our six Ontario leaders who spent 4 months of their very busy educator lives organizing and leading the #innovatorsmindset book study.

You are all amazing leaders!

Tina Zita

Jennifer Casa-Todd

Lisa Noble

Patrick Miller

Stacey Wallwin

Leigh Cassell

As we move into April and May, #OSSEMOOC will focus on new and aspiring educators.  We will highlight new and aspiring educator blogs, supporting them in making their learning visible to all.

If you are an aspiring educator, or a new teacher, please join OSSEMOOC here and share the link to your blog.  We will highlight your writing here to help you connect with other educators.

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Kicking off 2016 With ‘OSSEM” Learning for Education Leaders

Happy 2016!

Let’s make 2016 the year you self-direct your professional learning.


Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license
Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license

OSSEMOOC (Awesome – MOOC) is a hub for free, open learning opportunities, with a focus on the needs of Ontario Education Leaders.  We invite educators to use this site to promote and organize learning events.

We respond to requests from education leaders for the kind of learning they need.

The line up for 2016 (so far):

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Get your copy of The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, and join Ontario educators as we discuss and learn together throughout February 2016.  Follow this blog or join OSSEMOOC to be sure you get the email updates.

2. Join Principal Kim Figliomeni as we continue through “30 Days to Become a Connected Educator” (in 10 minutes per day).

3. Mini-MOOC Courses – You asked for them, and we have them!  Sign up here for Twitter and Blogging courses beginning in 2016.

4.  #OneWordONT – We did it in 2015 and we are back for 2016!  Tweet and share your one word using the #OneWordONT hashtag and let’s see where it takes us this year.


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OSSEMOOC Update 2015-2-24

We will be taking a break from the traditional Tuesday night open mic professional learning discussion tonight (Feb. 24th, 2015).

We encourage you to:

    • take a moment to tell someone about OSSEMOOC and invite them to participate.
    • connect a colleague to an OSSEMOOC resource that is the right entry point for them
    • comment on a blog post
    • write a blog post
    • share what you would like to learn [here] to assist us with planning

Some exciting updates regarding our March plans will be posted shortly!


Connected Learners Need Connected Leaders: Ontario Leaders in the Spotlight @k12Online Conference!

Thanks to our Ontario Education Leaders who so generously shared their journey to getting connected for the K12 Online Conference this morning.

Join OSSEMOOC, and work through each day in November to become a connected leader in 2014!  Our “10 minutes to getting connected” tutorials begin November 1.  Don’t wait!

Passion-Driven Learning: K12 Online Conference!

You are a busy educator with no time to go to a conference, right?

The K12 Online Conference is PERFECT for you!  This week, K12 Online Conference features passion-driven learning.  Below is the schedule for this week.

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If 8 a.m. EDT is not a good time for you, you can watch the presentations (as far back as 2006!) at your convenience!

OSSEMOOC is proud to be presenting at this year’s conference.  Be sure to check out our video on Wednesday, October 29 at 8 a.m. EDT (in this time block) to hear about passion-driven learning through education leaders in Ontario.

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Make 2014 the Year You Learn to Connect

#OSSEMOOC is a learning community.

Connected learners need connected leaders.  OSSEMOOC is here to support you in connecting with other education leaders.

Please join the community here:

You will receive updates on events and opportunities by email.

Learn more about #OSSEMOOC here:



Picture and Post Wrap Up

June is always a crazy  “go all out”  month in education.  Many thanks to the following educators who joined  Donna  and  me (Mark)  to contribute to the OSSEMOOC  “Picture and Post”  30 day collaborative blogging project.  It has been a great month of reading. Thank you for sharing your thinking and learning.


Julie Balen  @jacbalen
Stacey Wallwin  @wallwins
Heather Theijsmeijer  @HTheijsmeijer
Louise Robitaille  @Robitaille2011
Paul McGuire   @mcguirp
Michael Redfearn  @redfearn
Deb McCallum  @bigideasinedu
Lorraine Boulos  @RaineCB

Nicole Morden-Cormier @nickimc40

We will be sharing the occasional summer update here on the blog and/or via the email list as we plan for the next round of OSSEMOOC professional learning opportunities.  Have a wonderful summer.

~Mark & Donna

Digital Citizenship: What is Our Role as Educators?

As we move into the month of May, OSSEMOOC is focusing on the topic of Digital Citizenship.

How can you participate, share and learn?

Our Tuesday discussion (8 p.m. EDT) looks at public attitudes toward the use of devices:

Together, we are reading the book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (by Danah Boyd) available for download (free) here:

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As well, we are suggesting that #digitalcitizenship and #digcit would be great hashtags to follow on Twitter this month to help push your thinking in this area.

We are collating some online #digitalcitizenship resources in the page here.  Check back often to see what has been added, or subscribe to the feed for this page (use the green Follow button when you get there).

It looks something like this:

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The OSAPAC Digital Citizenship group will be joining us, as well as some other special guests.

Check out The Digital Citizen, a by Mark Carbone for new resources and thinking on this topic.  You can subscribe to the paper by providing your email address.

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Remember that this is a Connectivist MOOC, and we all share our learning with others.  Special thanks to Andy Forgrave and Deb McCallum for sharing 30 Days of Learning in Ontario in unique, collated formats.

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As you blog, use the #OSSEMOOC tag so others are able to find and respond to your thinking.


Keep learning, connecting and sharing!