Design, interaction and complexity: a co-op student perspective

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There aren’t many people in design with economics degrees. Oddly enough, I changed paths because of an economics professor. He was an expert at communicating some of the most complex concepts succinctly, leaving me both impressed and disheartened. How could public discussion of economics improve if only professors with decades of experience and mathematical models could explain it effectively? Patrick Clarke I enrolled in SIAT… Read more »

Holiday hours at BCcampus

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All of us at BCcampus would like to wish you the best of the holiday season and an “open” new year in 2013. We will continue to bring expertise and resources to open educational technologies and programs. We will also be offering more workshops for educators wishing to create and use open textbooks and other open educational resources. For news about Open, keep an eye… Read more »

BCcampus at 10: From the Edge of the Possible to Mainstream

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BCcampus has been celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012. We’ve come a long way, and there are more exciting times on the horizon! Here’s a brief look at what we’ve done and where we’re headed, with contributions from Executive Director David Porter, Director of Student and Data Exchange Services/Chief Information Officer Randy Bruce, and former Director of Development Paul Stacey.  All three were with BCcampus… Read more »

Open licenses and financial remuneration in education

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Our former colleague Paul Stacey, who is now with Creative Commons, has published a lengthy post: “An Exploration of Open Licenses and Financial Remuneration” today. As usual, the entire post is well worth a read, but in particular he explains the case for Creative Commons licensing in education in a compelling way. Here is an excerpt: There is a natural inclination to think that Creative… Read more »

Study shows online learning crucial to strategic planning in higher education

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Public post-secondary institutions across Alberta and British Columbia are making online learning a crucial piece of their long-term strategies, according to a new baseline survey. The results also suggest that colleges, institutes and universities are committed to building quality into all online learning experiences. Managing that process continues to be a challenge. BCcampus and eCampusAlberta administered the 2012 Alberta-British Columbia Managing Online Learning Survey. Eighteen… Read more »

In the spirit of openness: our first annual report

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It’s a milestone for BCcampus: our first annual report in our 10-year history. Of course we’ve been accountable all this time – we’ve submitted regular reports with the ministry responsible for advanced education according to the terms of our annual funding letter. However, as a systemic service provider, we are equally accountable to those we serve: British Columbia post-secondary institutions. We’ve pledged to be open… Read more »

Planned outages 22 November

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Please be advised that the following BCcampus websites will not be available on Thursday, November 22, 2012 from approximately 4:30 am – 8 am, Pacific Time, during our regular monthly maintenance: ApplyBC CoursesBC MyCreditsBC Online Collaborative Program websites ABT ( ICT ( AECE ( For questions, please see our Questions and Answers page.

Proudly borrowed from there – OER Forum 2012

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Moving to a mindset of “Proudly borrowed from there,” rather than “No thanks, not invented here,” was the lasting message at the BCcampus-hosted forum for B.C. post-secondary and K-12 educators October 18. (We proudly borrowed that phrase from Cable Green, and the graphics from Giulia Forsythe.) Click for full size We have posted video of the keynote address by David Wiley (Brigham Young University), We… Read more »

ApplyBC in SchoolFinder webinars and Education and Career Fairs

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Tis the season to apply to university and college. And to lend a helping hand, BCcampus will be participating in two key events later this month and in early December. School Application Strategies is the topic of two webinars being hosted by SchoolFinder on November 20th from 9am to 10am PST (12pm EST) and November 21st from 3pm to 4pm PST (6pm EST). Lauri Aesoph,… Read more »

Questions and Answers on Open Textbooks Part 3

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Since the British Columbia government announced an Open Textbook project October 16, we have fielded many questions about it. This is Part 3 of our attempt to provide the basic information on Open Textbooks and the project itself, and the questions came from Tony Bates. He recently published the answers on his web site, but we’re also publishing our answers (provided by David Porter) here, some… Read more »