Let’s Experiment

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).

  1. #oext1 An Everyday Metaphor for Extending.
  2. #oext2 Share Something Interesting from OpenCulture.com
  3. #oext3 Take a Photo of Something in your Kitchen that is a Metaphor for Collaboration
  4. #oext6 How does my mobile phone see me?
  5. #oext7 Ask a Stranger To Share Their Most Valuable Learning Experience
  6. #oext9 Make a 24/7 Lecture Video
  7. #oext10 Fit a Big Ambition on a Post It Note
  8. #oext11 #gridsgestures
  9. #oext12 Parodealia
  10. #oext13 Define Yourself in One or More Noun Project

Deep Dive Extend (Choose at least one!)

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 extend@ecampusontario.ca