Handing over the reins to a popular service

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Since its inception, BCcampus has been supporting a key system used by many of the 30,000 B.C. government employees: the Course Information & Registration System (CIRS). Originally developed by BCcampus staff in 2003, CIRS became immediately popular as the convenient way for government employees to find and register in government sponsored employee training and development courses. During the 8 years that BCcampus has maintained the… Read more »

Online Student Services Forum 2011

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On June 7th, BCcampus will be facilitating a one-day forum of presentations and discussions on online BC student service tools and needs at BC’s post-secondary institutions. The purpose of this forum is to share knowledge and identify possible initiatives that could result in better support services for students over the coming years. Participants will have the opportunity to describe their visions for future potential services…. Read more »

Sharing the open message in Malaysia

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In May 2011 I had a wonderful opportunity to join colleagues in Asia at a capacity-building workshop on open educational resources (OER) at Wawasan Open University (WOU) in Penang, Malaysia. In Malaysia, like everywhere I’ve visited in Asia recently, the economy seems to be booming, with more and more Malaysian citizens seeking to upgrade their skills and accreditation by taking advanced studies, many through open… Read more »

Bringing the BC ID community together

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For the second spring in row, the instructional design community from B.C. post-secondary institutions organized a very successful one-day event on ID, that was hosted this year at the Ike Barber Centre at the University of British Columbia. We at BCcampus were pleased to provide some sponsorship for this professional event from our Curriculum Development and Academic Growth initiatives. 50+ professionals participated in a series… Read more »

Academic Growth – Events for Online Learning

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BCcampus knows how important online learning professional development events are. It’s essential that we complement the growth of online learning with a corresponding growth in knowledge and skills around how to effectively develop and engage in online learning. It is a whole new form of learning BCcampus calls academic growth. Paul Stacey’s latest blog post Professional Development Events and the E-learning Amoeba provides a summary… Read more »

Spring 2011 brings system upgrades and changes to BCcampus

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This spring and summer, several changes and upgrades for many BCcampus services have been planned in consultation with BCcampus stakeholders and clients. These improvements to BCcampus services will result in new ways of working and a different look and feel for some online services. Following is a list of the upgrades and changes, along with a short summary of each. We’re doing everything we can… Read more »

NGLC Grant Awarded to Online Science Consortium

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The following is the text of a news release issued by Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) on April 7, 2011. We are pleased to be part of this consortium of higher education organizations. Boulder, Colorado — The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) has been awarded a grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative working to improve U.S. col­lege readiness… Read more »

Update on system changes: D2L upgraded and Collaborative Sites launched

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Last week, BCcampus successfully upgraded the Desire2Learn (D2L) shared service from version 8 to 9.1. The upgrade provides numerous enhancements and fixes to almost every area of the learning environment. The improvements will be a benefit to course developers, instructors and students without requiring a lot of re-learning or changing the way the application functions. Single Sign-On (SSO): One of the major behind-the-scenes changes to… Read more »

Moodle Infrastructure Upgrades and changes 2011

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When BCcampus decided to host the Moodle Shared Service infrastructure at Simon Fraser University in the summer of 2006, SFU did not support Linux for production systems and was not ready to support MySQL databases for enterprise applications. A decision was made to run Moodle on Sun Solaris while Lambda Solutions provided the Moodle and MySQL support. Fast forward a few years, and SFU now… Read more »

Demystifying the student perspective

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Hilda Anggraeni and Diana Chan, two very talented co-op students from Simon Fraser University, have come up with a great idea. They have created the Demystifying the Student Perspective discussion space in SCoPE to bring together undergraduate students and post-secondary faculty to discuss issues around social media and educational technology. They are doing the planning from beginning to end, which has involved learning the ins… Read more »