Open Access Week: Equipping the online learning community with open-access tools

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Open Access workshops led by BCcampus provide educators across the province an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique challenges of learning in an online environment. One of the resources available to the education community of B.C. is SOL*R, the Shareable Online Learning Resource. This service is available for free through BCcampus, and was created to facilitate sharing, collaboration, and iterative development of content by and… Read more »

Celebrating Open Access Week with new open textbooks

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This fall we have added new textbooks in Geography, Marketing, English, Psychology, and Sociology to our open textbooks collection, each with significant contributions from post-secondary faculty in British Columbia. British Columbia in a Global Context This introductory Geography textbook was created from scratch to meet the specific regional needs of British Columbia courses and programs. Written by faculty from SFU, UBC, Okanagan College, and the… Read more »

BCcampus staffers talking textbooks at Open Access Week events

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Open Access Week, a global event, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open Textbooks: New Models in Textbook Production at SFU To celebrate Open Access… Read more »

Open Textbook Project turns two

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The B.C. Open Textbook Project turns two years old today. Birthdays are a good time for reflection, and as we look back over the past two years, we can see just how far we have come with the B.C. Open Textbook Project. In the beginning It was on October 16, 2012 at the annual OpenEd conference in Vancouver that then British Columbia Minister of Advanced… Read more »

Workshop builds confidence to make the teaching process smoother

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A popular UNBC workshop uses case studies, group work, and interactive discussion to help educators overcome confidence challenges and discover essential tools and techniques to facilitate knowledge transfer. Over the past decade, 350 to 400 people in northern B.C have participated in a unique workshop to improve their ability to thrive within the classroom. The workshop was most recently offered at the Teaching and Learning… Read more »

Improving adoption of open textbooks through faculty advocates

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Three instructors from each of three B.C. Institutions have joined the BCcampus Open Textbook team as “Faculty Fellows” in order to encourage more instructor and faculty uptake of the open textbooks in our collection. Dr. Jessie Key, a chemistry professor at Vancouver Island University, Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, a psychology instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Dr. Christina Hendricks, a senior instructor of philosophy at University… Read more »

Five questions with Patricia Cia, Langara College

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Patricia Cia is the newly-minted (as of July 1) Director of Academic Innovation, a new position at Langara that brings together library services, program development, and educational technology. Reporting to the VP Academic & Provost, this position oversees Library & Learning Commons, CAPER-BC, Educational Technology and Teaching & Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC). What’s the career path that led you to the Director of Academic Innovation… Read more »