New librarian group to support the use of OER in B.C.’s post-secondary system

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Librarians who want to help post-secondary educators find and use quality open educational resources have joined together to support each other and share their knowledge. Undertakings like the B.C. Open Textbook Project, and flexible learning projects like those at University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University present more opportunities to use Open Education Resources (OERs) in post-secondary education. However, many educators aren’t aware of… Read more »

SFU’s Flexible Education Task Force seeks community input

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Over the past two years senior math lecturer Jamie Mulholland has been experimenting with a ‘flipped classroom’ teaching approach. His calculus students watch lectures on his YouTube channel and then spend classroom time solving problems with his help. Flipped classrooms are just one example of flexible education, and SFU’s Task Force on Flexible Education (TFFE) is looking for more examples, more ideas and more engagement with students… Read more »

The 2014 Horizon report: how does BC stack up?

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The 2014 Horizon Report came out in February – how does the B.C. Post-secondary system stack up? Short answer: it depends. We’re leaders in blended and flexible learning, we’re probably falling behind on data-driven policy, but when it comes to innovation, we’re far ahead of the curve. The Report pays some attention to the potential of Open Educational Resources, but in general the Report panelists still… Read more »

How to turn a great idea into an open textbook in just four days

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Day 1 textbook sprint

What’s the first thing you’d do after four days of non-stop writing, cranking out 48,420 words while locked in a room with a bunch of geography profs? For the folks who were part of BCcampus’ first ever Book Sprint, the answer was “sleep.” The book sprint model gave the team its focus. The sprint brought together a team of five geographers/authors from B.C., a librarian,… Read more »

Testing software in BCcampus’ digital sandbox

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sandbox with toys

BCcampus’ sandbox is like a test kitchen for technology. You get to play around with ingredients and a recipe (software application) before you decide whether to put it on your menu (curriculum). The sandbox helps you make informed decisions. Let’s say there’s an open source software application that you’ve been thinking about using in your classroom or at your institution. (The Canvas learning management system might… Read more »

5 Questions with Brian Lamb about technology, student engagement and blended learning

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Brian Lamb is the Director, Innovation Open Learning at Thompson Rivers University. He shares his experiences working at the intersection of teaching and learning support and student engagement and retention.  Can you give us a snapshot of Thompson Rivers University’s Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation? One thing that is unique about TRU’s Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation is suggested by its… Read more »

Jon Festinger: 5 lessons learned from using UBC’s open publishing platforms

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John Fetzinger

Jon Festinger is a Vancouver, British Columbia based lawyer whose passion for teaching and law grew from his experiences as a lawyer and executive across the spectrum of media, communications, sports and entertainment. Jon is the author of the first edition of “Video Game Law” published by LexisNexis in 2005 and a co-author of the 2nd Edition that was published in 2012. He is also an… Read more »

Education is only truly free with open educational resources

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Knowledge knows no boundaries. BCcampus has developed a strong reputation for supporting the development of open educational resources (OER), and that’s why we use open licenses for our Open Textbooks Project. Other jurisdictions and institutions have pursued a single goal of keeping online textbooks at low or no cost. Recent news from Algonquin College in Ontario of an e-textbook program that will bring low cost… Read more »

BCcampus and BCNet agree to transfer Blackboard Collaborate shared service

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services key on computer keyboard

First there was a Memorandum of Understanding, now there is a master agreement between BCNET and Blackboard Collaborate. For the past several months, BCcampus has been working in partnership with BCNET to transition learning and technology licensing agreements to BCNET. The 2014-2015 Blackboard Collaborate Master Agreement is the first of these agreements that will be transitioned to BCNET. “This agreement is an administrative transfer,” said… Read more »

Planned outages for March 27

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Please be advised that the following BCcampus websites will not be available on Thursday, March 27, from approximately 4:30 am – 8 am, Pacific Time, during our regular monthly maintenance: Adobe Connect (acp.bccampus.ca and present.bccampus.ca) ApplyBC (applybc.ca) ApplyBC Program Manager (applybc.ca/programmanager) Confluence (wiki.bccampus.ca) CoursesBC (coursesbc.ca) MyCreditsBC (mycreditsbc.ca) Reports (reports.bccampus.ca) SOL*R – Shareable Online Learning Resources (solr.bccampus.ca) WriteAway (etutoring.bccampus.ca) Online Collaborative Program websites ABT (abt.onlinecollaborative.ca) ICT… Read more »