Open Textbook Summit Preview: Nicole Allen and Ethan Senack

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Open Textbook

Our two-day open textbook summit takes place on April 16 and 17 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver, B.C. While registration for this event is now closed, we will be sharing our insights and key observations from the summit online. Two student advocates for textbook affordability, open access and open education Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing… Read more »


Spotlight on SFU: EdMedia Protégé Program

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Beginning April 1 right through the beginning of June, the EdMedia team at Simon Fraser University’s Teaching and Learning Centre will get a whole lot busier. That’s when a new cohort of SFU faculty members, who are interested in being better media creators, will immerse themselves in the 10-week blended delivery program. The Teaching and Learning Centre EdMedia team launched the program last year. And,… Read more »


Education is only truly free with open educational resources

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Knowledge knows no boundaries. BCcampus has developed a strong reputation for supporting the development of open educational resources (OER), and that’s why we use open licenses for our Open Textbooks Project. Other jurisdictions and institutions have pursued a single goal of keeping online textbooks at low or no cost. Recent news from Algonquin College in Ontario of an e-textbook program that will bring low cost… Read more »


eCampusAlberta launches online tutoring pilot project modelled on WriteAway

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eTutor Alberta Writing Assistance

eTutor Alberta is a new online tutoring service sponsored by eCampusAlberta to provide learners with support for written assignments. Students from nine post-secondary institutions are participating in the initial phase of eTutor Alberta. Similar to our provincial WriteAway program, eTutor Alberta allows students to submit papers online to be reviewed by a tutor from any of the participating institutions. Benefits of eTutor Alberta Shared resources… Read more »


5 questions with Clint Lalonde on the intersection of open education and technology

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Clint Lalonde

Clint Lalonde is one of our resident educational technologists and advocates for the use of open educational resources and open education practices in higher education. His official title is Manager, Open Education. He is a project lead on the BC Open Textbook project. 1. Can you tell us a bit more about Pressbooks and the Open Textbook Project at BCcampus?  PressBooks is an open source textbook… Read more »


BCcampus and BCNet agree to transfer Blackboard Collaborate shared service

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First there was a Memorandum of Understanding, now there is a master agreement between BCNET and Blackboard Collaborate. For the past several months, BCcampus has been working in partnership with BCNET to transition learning and technology licensing agreements to BCNET. The 2014-2015 Blackboard Collaborate Master Agreement is the first of these agreements that will be transitioned to BCNET. “This agreement is an administrative transfer,” said… Read more »