The Liberated Learner

The Liberated Learner, funded by the eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy is an inter-institutional collaboration that brings together student co-designers and elearning professionals. This open resource consists of four modules that mirror the Ontario Extend for Educators modules (Lopes & Porter, 2018), but are customised to the learner context. These modules are Learner (learning strategies), Technologist (digital fluency skills), Collaborator (communication, group work, community member), & Navigator (curating, fact checking, other scholarly skills). The goal is to provide learners a similar opportunity to gain confidence and independence in their post-secondary experience online.

Recognizing that most issues post-secondary students face are complex and ill-structured (Cormier, 2021), the design and development of the Liberated Learner open modules were primarily student-led. During a week-long design sprint, 120 students generated 99 wicked problems. This collection of personal stories document students’ real life post-secondary challenges. These stories then informed the content of the 4 modules as they were developed together with student co-designers from each institution. They also provided a pathway into the Liberated Leaner modular support at multiple levels of experience (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Each module also consists of a student created Beats to Study to intro to help learners get into the learning groove.

This session will introduce participants to this resource and share how we built this with student involvement every step of the way.


Liberated Learners episode of Terry Greene’s Gettin’ Air podcast

Liberated Learner Beats in Soundcloud


Cormier, D. (2021) Changing school from solving problems to dealing with problems – A way forward (part 2)

Lopes, V., & Porter, D. (2018). Shifting perceptions, changing practice: Ontario Extend [Report]. eCampusOntario (Ontario Online Learning Consortium). Retrieved from


:eye_in_speech_bubble: Presented by:: Joanne Kehoe, Terry Greene
:sun: Conference Track: Thematic Session: Open Education: The Role of Students
:spiral_calendar: Track Date/Time: 2022-05-23T12:20:00Z (your local time)
:speech_balloon: Language: English
:calling: Pretalx link: The Liberated Learner :: Open Education Global 2022 :: pretalx

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Hello! Here are the slim slides (with links) for this 20-minute session - look forward to it!

Also this video pretty much sums up the project better than I ever could!