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 »

Four new institutions join WriteAway e-tutoring service

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Drumroll please: four new institutions will be joining WriteAway in the fall of 2014! A warm welcome to: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Justice Institute of British Columbia, and Selkirk College. These institutions join our six current participants: Camosun College, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia. We… Read more »

Active-leadership pilot project launching at UNBC this fall

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UNBC is launching a pilot leadership project this fall, focusing on “making extraordinary things happen” through practical leadership skills and developing students’ ability to motivate, inspire, influence, and lead. The University of Northern British Columbia Columbia’s Student Life Office is gearing up for a leadership project this fall, designed to empower students and facilitate positive change within the institution through active leadership. The non-credit program… Read more »

David Porter moves on to find “lots of space for blue sky thinking” on flexible learning

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David Porter may have left BCcampus but he remains a respected presence in the B.C. post-secondary system. Not only is he project manager for the recently-convened Task Force on Flexible Education at Simon Fraser University, but he has been elected Chair of the Advisory Council for School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University, where he also serves as a member of the School… Read more »

What’s in store for ApplyBC for fall 2014

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ApplyBC British Columbia's Post-secondary Application Service

Updates for ApplyBC include refining previous changes and laying the groundwork for future developments The ApplyBC team has been hard at work over the summer, developing a strategy to implement improvements to the ApplyBC online application in an effort to improve the service for the students and participating institutions. There were three primary drivers for the recent changes: Specific requests from our partner institutions Feedback… Read more »

Justice Institute “goes big” in adopting OER and open textbooks

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Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) students taking some introductory courses no longer have to worry about how much their textbooks for those courses will cost. JIBC has assigned open textbooks derived from the BCcampus Open Textbooks Project to its first-year English and Psychology courses. Their introductory Statistics course has been taught using openly licensed materials for three years already, making JIBC an enthusiastic early… Read more »