Education is only truly free with open educational resources

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Knowledge knows no boundaries. BCcampus has developed a strong reputation for supporting the development of open educational resources (OER), and that’s why we use open licenses for our Open Textbooks Project. Other jurisdictions and institutions have pursued a single goal of keeping online textbooks at low or no cost. Recent news from Algonquin College in Ontario of an e-textbook program that will bring low cost… Read more »


eCampusAlberta launches online tutoring pilot project modelled on WriteAway

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eTutor Alberta is a new online tutoring service sponsored by eCampusAlberta to provide learners with support for written assignments. Students from nine post-secondary institutions are participating in the initial phase of eTutor Alberta. Similar to our provincial WriteAway program, eTutor Alberta allows students to submit papers online to be reviewed by a tutor from any of the participating institutions. Benefits of eTutor Alberta Shared resources… Read more »


5 questions with Clint Lalonde on the intersection of open education and technology

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Clint Lalonde is one of our resident educational technologists and advocates for the use of open educational resources and open education practices in higher education. His official title is Manager, Open Education. He is a project lead on the BC Open Textbook project. 1. Can you tell us a bit more about Pressbooks and the Open Textbook Project at BCcampus?  PressBooks is an open source textbook… Read more »


BCcampus and BCNet agree to transfer Blackboard Collaborate shared service

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First there was a Memorandum of Understanding, now there is a master agreement between BCNET and Blackboard Collaborate. For the past several months, BCcampus has been working in partnership with BCNET to transition learning and technology licensing agreements to BCNET. The 2014-2015 Blackboard Collaborate Master Agreement is the first of these agreements that will be transitioned to BCNET. “This agreement is an administrative transfer,” said… Read more »


An award-winning partnership: BCcampus and WITS Bullying Prevention Program

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Chances are that if you have school age children in British Columbia you are likely familiar with the WITS anti-bullying program. The Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help program started out in the early 1990s at Lampson Elementary School in Esquimalt BC. Today, the evidence-based WITS program can now be found in over 500 schools and communities across Canada.  And, the program is… Read more »


Planned outages for March 27

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Please be advised that the following BCcampus websites will not be available on Thursday, March 27, from approximately 4:30 am – 8 am, Pacific Time, during our regular monthly maintenance: Adobe Connect (acp.bccampus.ca and present.bccampus.ca) ApplyBC (applybc.ca) ApplyBC Program Manager (applybc.ca/programmanager) Confluence (wiki.bccampus.ca) CoursesBC (coursesbc.ca) MyCreditsBC (mycreditsbc.ca) Reports (reports.bccampus.ca) SOL*R – Shareable Online Learning Resources (solr.bccampus.ca) WriteAway (etutoring.bccampus.ca) Online Collaborative Program websites ABT (abt.onlinecollaborative.ca) ICT… Read more »


Spotlight on UBC Open: Three things you need to know about right now

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Each day last week, as part of Open Education Week 2014 we featured some of our best open textbooks (those with ratings of 80% and higher based on peer reviews) currently available to instructors and students on our BCcampus OpenEd site. Today, we’re turning our attention to the University of British Columbia’s open learning programs. UBC’s open learning is based on the belief that knowledge… Read more »


BCcampus Best-of Open Textbooks: We’re all about numbers

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Coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. This week, BCcampus features some our best open textbooks (ratings of 80% and higher based on peer reviews) currently available to instructors and students on our OpenEd site. Today’s textbooks are on the subjects of numbers and logic: Textbook: Introductory Statistics… Read more »


Open Textbooks of the Day: Business and Communications

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Coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. This week, BCcampus features some our best open textbooks (ratings of 80% and higher based on peer reviews) currently available to instructors and students on our OpenEd site. Today’s textbooks are all about business and communications: Textbook: Mastering Strategic Management Reviewed… Read more »


5 Questions with Gina Bennett, eLearning specialist and open education advocate

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Gina Bennett coordinates all aspects of distance learning for the College of the Rockies including orienting new faculty to the online learning environment, providing student and faculty support, and evaluating new technologies for educational application. What do you do at College of the Rockies? I’ve been a faculty member at the College for 16 years. Our small college allows me to wear many different hats…. Read more »