The BCcampus 2016/17 Annual Review

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In a post-secondary system as dynamic and diverse as British Columbia’s, we have many opportunities to learn from each other. It is within this context that BCcampus operates. Our organization works hard to build collaborative relationships with post-secondary partners province-wide and to bring them together to learn. Post by Mary Burgess, Executive Director, BCcampus In 2016, we saw more B.C. faculty and instructors than ever… Read more »

Expression of Interest: Indigenization Project – Creation of Open Professional Learning Resources

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This Expression of Interest (EOI) is intended to determine interest and availability to develop openly licensed content for the BCcampus Collaborative Project – The Indigenization Project. BCcampus supports the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia in enabling more access to powerful learning opportunities for students. Within BCcampus, the Collaborative Projects team works with leaders and innovators across multiple sectors to create impactful, student-centred learning experiences and… Read more »

Going global: Mary Burgess joins the OER Foundation

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Our commitment to open underpins our daily operations: the photos, notes, and resources acquired through events and conferences we participate in; the keynote addresses we present and those we host; and the policies, processes, collected data, and accountability reports we share on a regular basis. We have earned a global reputation for our contributions and support of open education by taking an active role in… Read more »

Learning + Teaching: Courses to help facilitate learning online

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FLO (Facilitating Learning Online) is a growing collection of two to five week online courses available to post-secondary faculty and staff, designed to enhance skills required to confidently and effectively facilitate learning online. What makes FLO courses unique? Designed and developed by experienced learning designers and educators, incorporating ongoing feedback and suggestions from alumni Experience the role of the learner, while learning about and experiencing the role of the… Read more »

BCcampus welcomes two new Open Education Advisors

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BCcampus is delighted to announce the newest members to join our team.  Please help us in welcoming Open Education Advisors, Lucas Wright (UBC) and Rajiv Jhangiani (KPU). Lucas joins BCcampus from UBC, where he works as an Educational Consultant: Learning Technology, Teaching and Learning Professional Development, at the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Rajiv joins BCcampus from KPU, where he is the University Teaching Fellow… Read more »

From Open to Action: Open Textbook Summit 2017

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Thought-leaders, open education practitioners, pioneers and newbies alike came together for two days, from May 24-25, at Simon Fraser University, in beautiful, Vancouver, B.C. We shared experiences and exchanged ideas, explored what other institutions are doing to move the open textbook agenda forward, and looked ahead at how open pedagogy can influence open textbook development to enhance teaching and learning. What was new this year?… Read more »

Call for Volunteers: 2018 Festival of Learning Program Committee

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BCcampus is seeking volunteers from the B.C. post-secondary community to join the 2018 Festival of Learning program committee. The program committee will be responsible for providing leadership for the creation of the program and schedule for the 2018 Festival of Learning, which will be held May 28-30, 2018 in Vancouver, B.C. More details are available below, in the terms of reference for this committee. Submission… Read more »

BCcampus Open Education Calls for Proposals

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Announcing the newest BCcampus Call for Proposals, the Zed Cred/Z-Degree grant, the first of its kind in Canada. A Zed Cred/Z-Degree is a set of courses in a specific program area that allows a student to earn a credential, such as an associate degree or certificate, with zero textbook costs by using open educational resources (OER) and/or free library materials. Zed Cred/Z-Degree Grants Successful Zed… Read more »

Opening access to justice

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Student-driven innovative application designed to improve access to justice while minimizing billable time – via team from Thompson Rivers University. While we generally share stories and projects that have a direct connection to BCcampus, we recognize that there are many groups working on open education across the province and around the world. When we see something cool, we try to share it to give them… Read more »

Virtual reality and augmented reality field trips funded by OER grants

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Stanley Park is one of the crown jewels of our region, unique for the opportunities it offers to deepen ecological knowledge, further understanding of political and cultural history, and pursue unparalleled recreational opportunities. The experience of walking through the park’s beautiful, waterfront forests and learning about trees like Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar is one of the lasting memories that people take away from… Read more »