How do faculty benefit from renewable assignments?

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Open education advocates have promoted renewable assignments as a way to create/update knowledge, enable faculty and students to impact society in significant ways, and foster student learning in more meaningful ways. As individual faculty members are often involved in designing course assignments, it might be worthwhile to be explicit about the value that renewable assignments might garner for faculty members themselves. Post by Dr. George… Read more »

Sharing the goodness: New web resource for B.C. post-secondary professional learning

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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new project at BCcampus — a teaching and learning web resource designed for B.C. post-secondary educators and focused on sharing and showcasing professional learning opportunities offered by the 25 public post-secondary institutions in the province. Post by Leva Lee, Manager, Learning & Teaching, BCcampus BCcampus has been successful in developing a professional development web solution for… Read more »

Award for Excellence in Open Education – Tara Robertson

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The second Award for Excellence in Open Education goes to… Tara Robertson. Tara Robertson has consistently championed open resources, open technologies, and open data. What distinguishes her from many others in the field is that which inspired this nomination: her work demystifying and practically connecting open and accessible. Post by Ben Hyman, University Librarian, Vancouver Island University (VIU)  & Shirley Lew, Director, Library, Teaching & Learning… Read more »

BCcampus Open Education: New books, new course

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We’re very proud to bring you the latest new additions to the B.C. Open Textbook collection. The majority of these books (and one course) are by authors in B.C.and Canada with several from the University of Victoria. Education Complexities, Capacities, Communities (English) | Complexités, Capacités, Communautés (French) Made in British Columbia This book describes approaches to capacity promotion that respond to the complexities and possibilities of… Read more »

A little fish in a big, Open sea: Reflecting on OpenCon 2017

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Earlier in November, I had the opportunity to travel to Berlin, Germany, to attend OpenCon 2017, a three-day annual conference that brings together early-year career professionals from all over the world who work in Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. Post by Josie Gray, Open Education Production Assistant Although I’ve been working with the BCcampus Open Education team for over a year now, I… Read more »

Open textbooks: Making it yours. Making it useful.

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To celebrate the successful addition of College Physics to our Pressbooks Library, we chatted with a few local contributors to learn about their experience creating new open educational resources for students and faculty in B.C. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team The B.C. Open Textbook Collection has been growing at a blistering pace as educators discover the value of customizable resources that fit their curriculum. With… Read more »

Laura MacKay on Capilano University’s new Centre for Teaching Excellence

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In April, BCcampus began featuring teaching and learning across B.C.’s post-secondary institutions. Our first three instalments introduced Tim Paul from Douglas College, and the second, Janni Aragon at the University of Victoria and Carrie Nolan from Northwest Community College. In this post, we talked to Laura MacKay, the Manager of the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Capilano University (Cap U). The new CTE launched August 1, 2017, so it is… Read more »

Liberating Structures: October Update & November Meetup

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In our last update, we shared that we are working on growing our Vancouver Liberating Structures User group. Some of the strategies we discussed at our October meeting were to do the following: spread the word about local practice groups to members and get them to invite a friend; rotate practice groups to different host locations/campuses and meet less frequently; offer a mini Liberating Structures (LS)… Read more »

Teaching, learning, and developmental frameworks

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“Relevant, interactive, rejuvenating, and affirming” – just a few of the terms used to describe the recent Symposium 2017 in Vancouver, B.C. The day featured fabulous food at an inspiring venue, brilliant presenters, attentive participants, and a palpable feeling of camaraderie, inclusion, and a shared interest in exploring the continuum of scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team… Read more »

There’s nothing fake about the ETUG Fall Workshop 2017

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On October 27, over 70 educational technologists, librarians, and faculty from across the B.C. post-secondary sector gathered at Vancouver Community College for the annual ETUG Fall Workshop. This fall, the organizing committee tackled the topic of digital and media literacy through a combination of talks, activities and tabletop discussions. Post by Clint Lalonde, Manager, Educational Technology and Development The morning kicked off with special thanks… Read more »