April 4-Save the Date-Privacy Conference

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Save this date to your calendar: April 4, 2011, BCIT Atrium, 8th Floor, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver Keynote speaker: Ms Elizabeth Denham, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Province of British Columbia. This conference is timely because the questions just keep coming: How much consent is enough? When students need to register with US-based open education tools to get access, can BC post-secondary institutions ask them to… Read more »


NGLC Proposal Selected As One of 50 Finalists

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On October 11, 2010 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in concert with EDUCAUSE, launched an RFP for the Next Generation Learning Challenges http://nextgenlearning.org. Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a collaborative, multi-year grant program aimed at dramatically increasing college readiness and completion through applied technology. Four initial NGLC challenges were identified; 1. blended learning, 2. learner analytics, 3. deeper learning and engagement, and 4. open… Read more »


Won’t you come play in the Sandbox with us?

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A few years back we received a request to set up a “Sandbox server” for educational technology types in BC. The idea was to create a space for innovation and experimentation, someplace where our system partners could try out new educational technologies with ideally less hassle in getting them installed if they did it themselves, and ideally in a way that helped identify potential synergies… Read more »


New models for Collaborative Programs and Shared Services

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New model for Collaborative Programs: One of the major orders of business the past several months has been the development of a business model for collaborative program development and operation, in support of both new and existing collaborative programs. We have worked with the Applied Business Technology, Northern Collaborative Information Technology and Aboriginal Early Childhood Education collaborative programs to gather valuable perspective and input to… Read more »


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 »