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 »


Online Community Enthusiasts Day May 12

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It’s that time of year when post-secondary educators put their heads together to talk about their work and experiences with communities of practice. BCcampus will host the 2011 Online Community Enthusiasts Day May 12 in Vancouver. This year’s theme is “Planning Excellent Community Events” and will be a full day of talking about and experiencing various event formats, strategies and technologies. This one-day gathering is open to… Read more »


Privacy Conference Final Report

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Approximately 100 participants from B.C.’s post-secondary institutions gathered at BCIT in downtown Vancouver Monday April 4 to learn about and discuss issues of Privacy and Cloud-based Educational Technology. Conference participants asked BCcampus to forward a summary of the discussions at this meeting to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, to assist in identifying mutual issues to form the basis of an ongoing dialogue…. Read more »


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 »