Icon a go-go

In last weeks hands on workshop we asked our participants to do an “icon jam”, essentially a visual brainstorming activity, in which we collaboratively (and quickly) generate a series of icons based, and then share the results afterwords and discuss. This can be a challenge for those that have not had a lot of experience drawing, but I believe people come away with a better understanding of the subjective nature of visual language, and that ‘getting it right’ is not as important as making an impact.

Icon Jam 2015 Gallery


Icons will no doubt continue to play an important role in many of the educational media assets being created in our course, so I thought I would share a few extra online resources to help you find and make them, as well as a BONUS CHALLENGE you can use to practice your icon making skills.  But first.. some resources! Continue reading “Icon a go-go”

Give and take with GIF’s

When considering Open Education Resources you should be aware of the some of the broader contexts in which they are related.

Fair dealing: short excerpts are now ok to use in a controlled environment for educational purposes. Education covers us for the “dealing” part. “Fair” refers to a limited amount and only using that amount. Short excerpts and only providing that excerpt alone. For example you can use a poem from a book providing you only give access to the poem and not the entire book.

SFU’s new copy right office: copyright.sfu.ca

OER’s: Open Educational Resources are freely available objects that have explicit licensing on them which are available through searchable online databases like: creativecommons.org

(OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes. Although some people consider the use of an open format to be an essential characteristic of OER, this is not a universally acknowledged requirement. wikipedia

Make an OER today!

Animated GIFs have been around as long as the internet itself. It was one of the first native image formats on the web, and was the format for some of the earliest internet art. Today , GIFs are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and making them has never been easier.

In an educational context, there are endless possibilities to using this format, but some popular ways are.

To demonstrate a series of steps, like the proper way to hold and wield a kitchen blade.


To show details of scientific or medical data such as light refraction.


To animate graphs and charts



Or just to tell a story.


Use your time in class to install GIFBOOM APP in



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Make is descriptive, meaningful and conversational. Google loves titles and the more keywords you can pack in there the easier it makes it to find later. And for people too!

Always lead your post with a full width Image or Player window. The player should have a splash page if possible, but at least not a black box with a play button. Also a good idea to check across platforms and devices occasionally to make your technique is working out. When you add you image or media to the library try to fill out he metadata even though it seems redundant. This all aides usability later on.

Each post must have a short description in text. Its always a good idea to add any extra links as icing as long as they are relevant to the post and add extra value. If possible, tell a story! But at the very least dont be shy about letting a little of your personality in your writing.

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  • Add as many of these as you can think of with the following exceptions
  • Lower case only NO CAPS
  • Dont use categories as tags
  • No Dates
  • No Names