Hello OE Global 21!
Lori and I are getting excited to share this relaxing and fun session with you tomorrow (Wednesday).
Briefly, a little on us, we are storytellers and educators that are focused on creating media that promotes cultural understanding, social good, hope, and light hearted laughter. We do this across platforms of media, and in an immersive and interactive way. I am a scientist and teacher, turned writer, actor and media strategist; and Lori is a dancer, writer, historian, and teacher.
As for what to expect, we will be setting this up as a Birds of a Feather Session with opportunities for all of you to share and ask questions around your challenges and solutions to taking healthy screen breaks in your day. And this will be an active session in which you will have the opportunity to practice mindfulness exercises, laugh, stretch, breathe, and enjoy a bit of light hearted play.
As a tease here is a much shorter version of this session that we did as a Gasta Session with Tom Farrelly and @mdeepwell at OERxDomains 2021.
We’d be remiss if we did not give a nod of thanks to Saul Carliner who encouraged Lori and I to turn this session into a Birds of a Feather Session for the CNIE 2021 Conference.
To give you a bit of background into the development of this session, it came about after I ended up with post-concussion syndrome from a car accident, which I’ve discovered can be aggravated by too much screen time or certain types of screen work. This of course was shortly after I’d started into an online Masters and was teaching online for BCIT. Realising that if I was dealing with such struggles, our students might be too, so we began to share a bit of digital hygiene by building relaxing, fun, and healthy screen breaks into our online courses. You can find some of those screen breaks on my personal website, which are openly licensed for you to reuse, remix, and reshare: https://ericahargreave.com/category/edtech/online-activity-break/
Meanwhile, both to help me and to help herself to manage anxiety, Lori began training in mindfulness instruction as a yoga teacher. Below are a few of the resources that she has built and shared on our various sites to help others with mindfulness and relaxation:
You can also find a few other of our health and wellness resources from our sites, below:
And last, but not least, here are a few videos we’ve created for people to enjoy at their own pace:
Feel free to reuse, remix, and reshare any of the resources that we’ve shared here.
We look forward to engaging with you in a bit of R&R in this Birds of a Feather session.
~ Erica and Lori