Here are a sample of experimenter activities: 10 Daily Extends and 6 Deep Dives. Try at least 3 “daily extends” and 1 “deep dive” to play and experiment with new ideas, formats, tools, and approaches. Use the hashtag #oextend to tweet your response to the prompts. After you have completed these activities, please narrate, curate, and share your experiences on your blog.
Daily Extend (do at least 3!)
The Daily Extend site was created as part of the Northern Capacity Building Initiative to provide a space for regular practice of spontaneous creativity through challenges published every day. The daily extends listed below ran from July – August 2017 but you can still add to them anytime. Click on the hashtag links to get a full description of the assignment and to see the various creative responses.
If you really enjoy doing these prompts, be sure to check out the grandfather of serendipitous daily creativity: The Daily Create. As described on the TDC website:
Each assignment should take no more than 15-20 minutes. There are no registrations, no prizes, just a community of people producing art daily. Developed as part of the ds106 open course on digital storytelling, TDC is open to anyone who wants a regular dose of creative exercises (and it more fun than jumping jacks, pushups, and P90X).
- #oext1 An Everyday Metaphor for Extending.
- #oext2 Share Something Interesting from OpenCulture.com
- #oext3 Take a Photo of Something in your Kitchen that is a Metaphor for Collaboration
- #oext6 How does my mobile phone see me?
- #oext7 Ask a Stranger To Share Their Most Valuable Learning Experience
- #oext9 Make a 24/7 Lecture Video
- #oext10 Fit a Big Ambition on a Post It Note
- #oext11 #gridsgestures
- #oext12 Parodealia
- #oext13 Define Yourself in One or More Noun Project
Deep Dive Extend (Choose at least one!)
- Take a look at these course trailers: https://www.google.com/search?q=course+trailers and make a 30 second commercial or trailer for your course.
- Show enthusiasm for _____________, math, literature, philosophy, etc, or a specific topic in your course by creating a GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) using https://giphy.com/create/gifmaker or
- Explain a concept using an animated GIF slideshow: https://giphy.com/create/slideshow
- Take a look at some online survey tools (via Google search) and conduct five-question survey of your peers about ways to use technology-enabled activities
- Create a video with freely available tools (Online lecture toolkit https://www.onlinelecturetoolkit.com/tools). Use it as a welcome to your blog site.
- Build or customize an openly licensed graphic or other resource for your discipline area, and share it via OER Commons.
- Find a wikipedia article in your discipline that has inaccurate or inadequate information, go to the discussion page and suggest a revision.
- Is there a way you can use Google Lit Trips http://www.googlelittrips.org/ or maybe the Google Street View of museums https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/project/streetviews to create an activity for one of your courses?
- Use H5P (or a similar tool) to create an activity for your class to review for a test or assess prior knowledge about a topic
- Curate a mini-lesson on a topic of interest using open education resources and via Google + Collections, Scoopit or Storify. Take a look at this Example using Storify for inspiration.
- Remix and critically appraise a YouTube video using a free educator account for Mediabreaker
- Create an Infographic to present data or explain a concept
- Take a look at the OER Faculty Patchbook and make a contribution.
- Find an open textbook in your discipline area and write a review.
Culminating Experimenter Activity
Which activities did you choose? Write a reflection on your blog to share your experience. What did you experiment with? Why did you chose to do whatever you did? How will you use the new ideas, formats or approaches that you experimented with when you are designing learning experiences?
- What you did?
- How you did it (what tools and resources) did you use?
- Why you chose those particular activities to experiment with?
- How did your “experiments” turn out?
- What worked well?
- What you would do differently?
Add graphics and videos where appropriate. Come up with a jazzy title. Tweet your published blog post as #oextend
Hopefully experimenting was both fun and enlightening. If you have any ideas about experimenting you’d like to share, be sure to tweet #oextend or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org