OER for Psychology

Later this week Farhad Dastur and I will present at a symposium at the Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta, organized by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Our symposium is titled “Opening up psychology: Adopting open textbooks, open pedagogy, and an open philosophy in the classroom.” The following is a list of some Psychology-specific OER for those who attend our symposium. It is not an exhaustive…

Emily Carr University and Mozilla create online privacy tool

With every click on the Internet, information is being collected about you without your consent or knowledge. However, Mozilla and faculty and students at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design have created a new browser add-on that allows you to see who is tracking you in real time. It’s called Lightbeam, and the information it reveals is quite disturbing. It charts every site you visit, and every third-party that operates on those sites…

Pressbooks Major Release Scheduled: March 15-16

Great news! Pressbooks has been making changes to the interface and functionality based on your feedback. The major release is scheduled for later this month. Here’s a heads up of the changes that are on the way. Post by Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education Most of the improvements are under the hood. However, there are a few big changes we would like to call to your attention. First, a new look and feel are available for the network…

“Storming the Ivory Tower”: a workshop on transforming postsecondary education

Contributed by Leva Lee, BCcampus and Steven Bishop, Douglas College Last month we had a great opportunity to participate in a two part workshop “Storming the Ivory Tower” hosted by the ATS team at Douglas College and facilitated by Ross Laird. With an eclectic background as a writer, counsellor, technologist and craftsman, Ross, who has also been a facilitator for ETUG, was certain to get us to think creatively on approaches to the challenges…

Our top 12 list of tools and apps for classroom use

Some time ago, BCcampus as part our Friday Diversion blog post series shared our 9 free and best platform alternatives to YouTube. Our alternatives to YouTube blog post continues to be one of our most viewed and highly rated online articles. Today, we’re bringing you our top 12 list of cool tools and apps for classroom use. We’re curious to know which ones you use or would recommend to others. Let us know in the comment section. Here are 12…

Storming the Ivory Tower: A Workshop on Transforming Post-Secondary Education

Introduction by Mary Burgess, Executive Director, BCcampus Last fall, Leva Lee of BCcampus and Steven Bishop of Douglas College wrote the article below about a workshop facilitated by Ross Laird, a Vancouver-based author and consultant. The relevancy of this conversation can’t be overstated. We need to be thinking of students as whole people, not identical empty vessels to be filled with content. As we work together as a system on projects that…

[T.E.L.L.] Open spaces: WordPress in Teaching and Learning

The upcoming T.E.L.L. Tuesday webinar is on Feb 28 12:00-1:00 pm PST on the topic: “Opening spaces: WordPress in Teaching and Learning”, facilitated by Lucas Wright and Emily Renoe, learning technologists, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, UBC. In this session they will explore some of the potentials of the WordPress MU platform in teaching and learning in higher education. Lucas and Emily will share examples and lessons learned at…

Meet the FLO Facilitators

Over the years individuals from institutions and organizations across British Columbia have taken Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) to the next level by participating in the Facilitator Development course and then co-facilitating one or more of the FLO courses. This group has come to be known as the FLO Enthusiasts. If you are thinking about offering FLO courses to your faculty and staff, these are the people who can help! Meet the FLO…

Demystifying the Student Perspective

‘Demystifying the Student Perspective’ series was developed in 2011 to bridge the gap between post-secondary instructors and undergraduate students to better teaching and learning. From March 21st – 23rd, 2012, we gathered a group of 5 students for an online panel to delve into their thoughts about their experiences with online course work. All participants are Undergraduate Students of Simon Fraser University’s Faculty…