BCcampus supports the work of the B.C. post-secondary system in the areas of teaching, learning and educational technology. This involves the coordination of collaborative projects that span multiple institutions, introducing and supporting innovations about the ways in which people learn, and helping institutions evaluate and develop good practice in the use of technology for learning. We also provide technologies that enable students to apply to and transfer between institutions.
Here are some projects we’re working on that demonstrate our focus:
- Manage the B.C. Open Textbook Project on behalf of the Government of British Columbia
- Coordinate the Applied Business Technology Collaborative program, which includes Information and Communication Technology and Applied Business Technology
- Develop and deliver professional learning opportunities for faculty in the areas of teaching and learning through regular, targeted workshops and events, such as Facilitating Learning Online, Facilitator Development Online, and the annual Symposium for Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching & Learning Practice
- Foster inter-institutional collaboration and resource sharing through the active communities we support, including the Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG), the British Columbia Teaching and Learning Council, and the British Columbia Teaching and Learning Network
A well-known leader in innovation, BCcampus collaborates with partner institutions to identify and pilot new educational technologies, as well as helping institutions evaluate and develop good practice in the use of technology for teaching and learning. BCNET works closely with the Information Technology departments within the member institutions, providing shared services and shared procurements.
- Research educational technologies for adoption.
- Ensure a pedagogical focus to all evaluations.
- Coordinate and develop communities of practice for evaluation, development and pilot implementation of educational technologies.
- Facilitate working groups on pedagogically effective ways of using educational technologies, shared troubleshooting, and administration for operational educational technology shared services.
- Implement and support technologies and applications, and establish interim governance through the pilot phase.
- Provide core IT infrastructure as the basis for such services.
- Procure and negotiate software licenses, third-party services, and contracts needed for the deployment and growth of operational educational technologies, including Open Source technologies. This work consists of hosting services (hardware), technical support, help desk, maintenance, and upgrades.
- Create and manage contractual agreements with members for services.
BCcampus and BCNET together:
- Transition educational technologies and applications from the pilot (BCcampus) to the operational phases (BCNET), facilitated through collaborative IT and educational technology and/or teaching and learning working groups.
- Collaborative development of a roadmap for new shared educational technology services.
- Communicate service requests out and respond to expressions of interest in participation.
- Support networking and communication between institutions, BCcampus, and BCNET.
- Define service offering parameters.
How are we funded?
BCcampus receives its annual operating funds from the Ministry of Advanced Education.
Where are we located?
We have downtown offices in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.
To find out more about BCcampus, please visit our Key Deliverables page.