Corporate statement on our “open agenda”

BCcampus is committed to being open in everything we do. We are a publicly-funded organization serving British Columbia’s post-secondary sector. The goal of higher education is the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge, and as such we have an essential responsibility to distribute the results of our work as widely as possible.

This has implications for how we operate on a daily basis.

Connect:

Our public meetings and events are streamed live online whenever possible. We will take photos and notes of our face-to-face events, and screen shots from our online events, and post them on our web sites and through our social media accounts on Twitter and other sites. We encourage speakers and participants to do the same with slides, photos, videos, crowd-sourced notes and discussions. We will post archival video of keynote addresses, presentations, panels and discussion sessions on our web properties for anyone to view and comment on. Speakers, facilitators and attendees of all events, online and face-to-face, will be made aware at time of registration that contributions of the community will be shared in these ways.

We are committed to open data and open information, which is about proactively releasing information to our stakeholders on an ongoing basis. We will distribute all BCcampus reports, web content, and other media resources using the Creative Commons CC-BY license.

Collaborate:

We are always seeking ways to give the post-secondary system a stronger say in BCcampus strategic planning and priorities, and expanding engagement through online technologies. We will enable moderated commenting on all our web pages where appropriate, and make use of opt-in mailing lists to disseminate information and solicit feedback.

BCcampus has a solid reputation for supporting the development of open resources in the context for professional development and academic growth. Resources developed as a result of BC Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) are mandated to use an open license.

Our professional development activities through the Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) and SCoPE have a long history of encouraging open sharing, reuse and remixing of knowledge and resources.

In the interests of remaining transparent in our business processes, BCcampus will refrain whenever feasible from signing non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements with vendors and partners.

Innovate:

We are committed offering open data in useful formats to enable our stakeholders to leverage it in innovative and value-added ways. BCcampus supports freedom of choice in technology and where possible source files will also be made available in open and free file formats.

Our commitment to an open agenda in developing our applications and services is outlined in our Strategic Plan for 2012-15:

“The Challenge-Driven Innovation approach requires us to be more transparent than we think we are now, making our strategies, plans and key documents network-accessible to our system partners, tagging each with an open license, providing our source code for download where appropriate, and using crowdsourcing techniques to openly solicit input from stakeholders and partners in the form of challenges to be solved. CDI is about socializing responses to innovation challenges.”

A note on privacy:
Notwithstanding the above, BCcampus is committed to protecting the privacy of students and members of the public in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

 

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC-BY):

We retain copyright on our work, but we are willing to share it freely as follows:

You are free:

  • to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work
  • to make derivative works
  • to make commercial use of the work

as long as you attribute the original work to the copyright holder (BCcampus).

Attribution — Please attribute to BCcampus with a link to the content’s original page on this web site (but not in any way that suggests that we endorse you or your use of the work).

With the understanding that:

  • Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.

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Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to the CC-BY 4.0 International web page.