Access Copyright’s Royalty Demands Spark Interest in OER

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Access Copyright’s new proposed tariff raising per student fees from about $5 per student to $35 or $45 per student has resulted in widespread objections across the country. Some colleges and universities have decided to withdraw from participating as licensees and are pursuing open educational resource use as an alternative. Paul Stacey explores this issue and its implications. Read more here.


Renewing our Strategic Direction

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Like all technology-based organizations, BCcampus needs to review and renew its strategy on a regular basis. This year we are embarking on that process in January 2011 with a view to refining our programmatic directions for 2011 through 2014. Our current strategic plan for 2010-2012 states our mission clearly: Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery… Read more »


Learning and Knowledge Analytics Open Course

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BCcampus is pleased to support the Introduction to Learning and Knowledge Analytics open online course offered by George Siemens and the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. This course is being hosted on BCcampus’ open online community SCoPE site. The Learning and Knowledge Analytics Open Course is not offered for-credit. It is intended for professional development and to raise awareness of the role… Read more »


The University of Open

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Open source software, open access publishing, open government/data, open educational resources, and open pedagogies all share a common underlying philosophy. Paul Stacey explores their synergistic potential by strategically bringing them together to form a new alternative institution – the University of Open.


Predictions and hopes for elearning in 2011

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Our colleagues at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) have just put up a new blog post that lists 22 predictions and 14 hopes for elearning in 2011. The predictions and hopes are based upon a challenge that was sent out through the WCET network earlier this week. To quote Russell Poulin, Deputy Director, Research and Analysis at WCET: “I thought it might be… Read more »


Tech Days of Christmas – Day 6

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My tech gadget for the holidays is my Harmony Remote Control http://www.logitech.com/remotes/universal-remotes These devices have been around for years to high end but were unaffordable to all but the high end marked. What is new this year the introduction of a new affordable series leading with the Logitech Harmony remote which was on sale for $29 the week before Christmas at Futureshop. If you have… Read more »


Tech Days of Christmas – Day 5

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My family uses the Xtreme Geek web site to shop online for not so much favourite tech gadgets as wacky geek humour stocking stuffer gifts. Even the categories are a bit tongue in cheek, for example they have a “Home and Man Cave” category. A couple of the items that made it onto the Staceys shopping list this year are: Superhero Adult Socks   Bendable… Read more »


Tech Days of Christmas – Day 4

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I have three: Two hi-tech, one lo-tech Lacie CooKey 32GB USB drive that I carry around my neck on a lanyard. I carries all my important professional documents including BCcampus files, presentations, research documents, and international development files, as well as a complete set of open source apps from PortableApps.org in case I get stranded away from my own computer in some third world cafe…. Read more »


Tech Days of Christmas – Day 3

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Road Warriors Friend Maker – Multi-outlet power adapter Not very high tech, but one of my favourite essentials that never gets left behind on a trip is my 3 outlet power adapter. Whether at the airport, crowded conference or coffee shop, this little beauty is a great way to make friends by sharing scarce power outlets. Posted by Scott Leslie


Tech Days of Christmas – Day 2

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No question, the Apple iPad is the most significant tech. product of 2010 :)) Why is it my favourite? The user experience is the best of any computer/mobile-type device I’ve ever used, and it is so fast to respond to gestures; You can use it for so many different things that it does so well: read books & magazines, read/manage e-mail, browse the internet, watch… Read more »