Work has begun on the BCcampus Open Homework Systems (OHS) project as part of the recent $3.26 million in funding earmarked by the B.C. government for open educational resources. To help guide the Open Homework Systems project, BCcampus has assembled a cross-sectoral advisory group.
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“I am very happy with the representation and expertise reflected in this group,” says OHS project manager Clint Lalonde. “Not only do we have diverse institutional representation, we also have representation for the many different roles that homework systems impact.”
The advisory group includes representation from seven different institutions and organizations and consists of two instructors, a student, an instructional designer, a course materials supervisor, and an open education strategist.
A business analyst from BCNET—the province-wide IT consortium for higher education institutions—will also be participating to provide advice, guidance, and perspective on the technology roadmap associated with this project.
“There is a great deal about this project that is technical and has the potential to impact numerous institutions throughout the province,” says Lalonde. “We felt it was important to have the organization responsible for shared technology services in B.C. be involved at all stages of the project.”
In addition to Lalonde, Josie Gray will be participating in the advisory group as a representative of BCcampus. Besides being the coordinator of the BCcampus Open Textbook Collection, Gray has considerable experience in accessibility and will be advising the project on issues regarding the accessibility of open homework systems.
The BCcampus Open Homework Systems Advisory Group consists of:
|Senior Instructor, Mechanical Engineering
|Course Materials Supervisor, Bookstore
|Business Analyst, Shared Systems and Technology
|Coordinator, Open Textbook Collection
|Student, Computing Studies
|Strategist, Open Education Initiatives