Best of BCcampus blog posts: it’s all about doodling, open education advocates and lessons learned

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Summer provides an opportunity to slow down and catch up on your reading. It also provides the editorial team with an opportunity to reflect on which of our blog posts garnered the most interest. Over July and August, we’ll be highlighting a series of our best and most interesting posts we’ve published this past academic year. We had fun writing them, so we hope you… Read more »


SFU’s Flexible Education Task Force seeks community input

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Over the past two years senior math lecturer Jamie Mulholland has been experimenting with a ‘flipped classroom’ teaching approach. His calculus students watch lectures on his YouTube channel and then spend classroom time solving problems with his help. Flipped classrooms are just one example of flexible education, and SFU’s Task Force on Flexible Education (TFFE) is looking for more examples, more ideas and more engagement with students… Read more »


The 2014 Horizon report: how does BC stack up?

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The 2014 Horizon Report came out in February - how does the B.C. Post-secondary system stack up? Short answer: it depends. We’re leaders in blended and flexible learning, we’re probably falling behind on data-driven policy, but when it comes to innovation, we’re far ahead of the curve. The Report pays some attention to the potential of Open Educational Resources, but in general the Report panelists still… Read more »


How to turn a great idea into an open textbook in just four days

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What’s the first thing you’d do after four days of non-stop writing, cranking out 48,420 words while locked in a room with a bunch of geography profs? For the folks who were part of BCcampus’ first ever BookSprint, the answer was “sleep.” The book sprint model gave the team its focus. The sprint brought together a team of five geographers/authors from B.C., a librarian, BCcampus… Read more »


Testing software in BCcampus’ digital sandbox

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BCcampus’ sandbox is like a test kitchen for technology. You get to play around with ingredients and a recipe (software application) before you decide whether to put it on your menu (curriculum). The sandbox helps you make informed decisions. Let’s say there’s an open source software application that you’ve been thinking about using in your classroom or at your institution. (The Canvas learning management system might… Read more »