Open textbooks make education more accessible and affordable

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The Province is providing BCcampus with $250,000 for the creation, modification, distribution, and evaluation of textbooks for the British Columbia adult graduation diploma (or adult dogwood diploma). Courses covered include math, English, science, social science, computer studies, and education and career planning. Adult Basic Education, tuition-free since September 2017, will become even more affordable with free textbooks for students who want to complete high school,… Read more »

BCcampus project aims to provide health program students with experiential learning opportunities

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Glynda Rees, Rob Kruger, and Janet Morrison recently learned that their open textbook on Health Case Studies was the 4th most popular book in BCcampus’ Open Textbook collection with 270,000 visits and 18,000 downloads already in the first half of 2018. In their own words, “we were gobsmacked.” Post by Michelle Glubke, Senior Manager, Collaborative Projects About 4 years ago, a group of interested faculty… Read more »

BCcampus – 15th anniversary

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“Together — one of the most inspiring words in the English language. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” ~Edward Everett Hale In the fifteen years since we officially launched, we’ve seen the iteration, execution, and evolution of a wide range of ideas intended to improve the teaching and learning landscape across the province and around the world. We’ve… Read more »

New Leadership for ETUG

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The Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) story began in 1994, and today marks the start of a new chapter for this grassroots community. At a small ceremony in the Victoria office of BCcampus, we thanked co-chairs Janine Hirtz, Senior Educational Consultant in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and Jason Toal, Interaction Specialist in the Teaching and Learning… Read more »

Announcing BCcampus’ 2018 Open Education Grant recipients

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BCcampus’ Open Education Grants program is supported by both the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and the Hewlett Foundation. The grants are intended to achieve the following strategic goals of the BCcampus Open Education team: Increase access to higher education Improve student learning outcomes Increase flexible teaching and learning options for educators Post by Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education This year, BCcampus… Read more »

An Inside Look at the EYPD Project

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The Early Years Portal Project (EYPD) has just wrapped up the second year of its three-year mandate to support the B.C. Early Years Strategy by hosting, developing, and evaluating a professional development web portal. Engagement was the primary objective and dominant theme that guided the EYPD project during the second year. Factors that influenced engagement were explored through this key question: How do we continue to… Read more »

Sharing the 2017 – 2018 BCcampus Annual Review

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It’s that time of year again, alive with activity around starting a new fiscal year and reflecting on the past academic term. But before everyone heads away on PD, CD, or vacation days, we encourage you to have a look at the 2017 – 2018 BCcampus Annual Review. This review reflects the many accomplishments we achieved through collaboration, partnerships, and expertise in the B.C. post-secondary… Read more »

BCcampus’ Indigenization Project Update

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The Indigenization Project is underway and we anticipate the release of the learning series this summer. The co-creation process is collaborative and we currently have teams working on the review of the final drafts, editing, and development and quality control in Pressbooks. Post by Michelle Glubke, Senior Manager, Collaborative Projects Stay tuned to the BCcampus site and the open repository for release information. In the meantime,… Read more »

Lucky number 7! Grant Potter is the newest recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education

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Please join us in congratulating Grant Potter, Instructional Technologist, University of Northern British Columbia on being the 7th recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education. Previous honourees include Irwin DeVries, Tara Robertson, Christina Hendricks, Tannis Morgan, Inba Kehoe, and Diane Purvey. Grant Potter is a collaborative leader in open education at UNBC, provincially, nationally and internationally. He possesses a rare combination of vision… Read more »