BC’s higher ed innovation attracts $750,000 Next Generation Learning Challenges grant

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BCcampus is part of a consortium of Pacific Northwest higher education organizations on the receiving end of a $749,994 grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) – http://nextgenlearning.org/the-grants/wave-I-winners#36 an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The winning proposal was based on online science courses and Remote Web-Based Science Lab, a BCcampus Online Program Development… Read more »


Video Shared Service

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BCcampus continues to work toward a You-Tube like video shared service in partnership with BC’s public post secondary institutions. BCcampus director Lawrence Parisotto, who has overall responsibility for shared services, sent out a summary of the actions taken to date and next steps including diagrams for requirements gathering and a scheduled next meeting date of April 29, 2011. As part of my work supporting the… Read more »


Shibboleth Authentication launches

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On March 16, 2011, BCcampus and Simon Fraser University(SFU) went into production with a new mechanism that will permit SFU students and employees to use the SFU login system in order to access BCcampus services that require authentiation. This federated identity system is called Shibboleth: “The Shibboleth System is a standards based, open source software package for web single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries…. Read more »


Creative Commons Talks With BCcampus

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Creative Commons recently contacted me at BCcampus for a dialogue around our approach to open education and the policy aspects of that approach. In addition to speaking about BCcampus involvement and support for Open Educational Resources (OER) I was invited to offer up recommendations for what Creative Commons should do to further support OER and to imagine the future of OER. You can read the… Read more »


So we’ve published a privacy background paper: what can BCcampus do now?

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Last week we published a background paper on Privacy and Cloud-based Educational Technology (authored by me) which has already generated some interest among e-learning bloggers (Tony Bates and Clint Lalonde have made it the subject of posts on their respective blogs). I hope everyone attending the April 4 conference we are hosting on this topic (either in person or via web-cast) reads the paper beforehand…. Read more »


Digital futures event at TRU a resounding call for a “recursive public”

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What I heard at the Digital Future of Higher Education event at Thompson Rivers University on February 22 in Kamloops was a resounding call to action for open practices in all forms: open education, open learning, open data, open access journals, open educational resources. Keynote speakers Tony Bates and Michael Peters each provided a unique perspective on the road ahead. Tony Bates presented his usual… Read more »


Silverstripe developers needed

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BCcampus seeks the services of independent contractors proficient in Silverstripe development to make make occasional custom feature enhancements to our Silverstripe web properties, including www.bccampus.ca. Please send us a brief proposal outlining your rate structure and your experience and qualifications in Silverstripe development including: examples of custom modules developed experience in integrating Silverstripe with other software and data sources a brief background of your experience… Read more »


MyCreditsBC beta tool is ready

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MyCreditsBC.ca will provide a mechanism for BC post-secondary students to easily retrieve unofficial course transcripts from institutions they have attended, and then determine course-by-course transferability options to other BC post-secondary institutions, based on Transfer Agreements maintained by the BC Council of Admissions & Transfer. “This is a very unique website – one of the first I have seen of this type. I like the way… Read more »


New Collaborative Program web sites to be launched May 4

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Changes are coming to the web sites for the Collaborative Programs: ABT (Applied Business Technology), NCIT (Northern Collaborative Information Technology) and AECE (Aboriginal Early Childhood Education). As of May 4, 2011, each Collaborative Program will have its own web site. Instead of reaching the programs through the BCcampus portal, users will go directly to each program’s own self-contained web presence for everything related to that… Read more »


Evolution of an OER Initiative

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BCcampus started supporting the development of Open Educational Resources (OER) back in 2003 with it’s inaugural Online Program Development Fund. The 2010 call for proposals was the eighth round and brings the total investment made so far to $9 million. Given the burgeoning interest in OER I thought it might be useful to describe this years outcome in the context of an eight year retrospective… Read more »