2010 Online Program Development Fund Awards

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What do mobile learning, collaborative mining and mineral exploration, early childhood education, online virtual patients, and an applied art and design online studio all have in common? They are all BCcampus 2010 Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) grantees. See the full list of OPDF winners on this news page. Congratulations to all award winners!

Who’s in Charge?

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been speaking with our BCcampus strategic advisory council members, along with a number of educational technology advocates and practitioners within the higher education system. The questions I’ve been asking have been about the strategic educational technology challenges each is facing. Responses have begun to cluster in three areas: Leadership and development – Training and developing staff at all levels… Read more »

PASBC to become ApplyBC in June

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It’s official. In June, the Post-Secondary Application Service of BC, fondly known as PASBC, will undergo a name change to simply “ApplyBC.” The name change, which has been under discussion for several years and has received widespread support, was endorsed during the January PASBC Steering Committee meeting. The switch is expected to take place in June, when the service is next updated. We’ve commenced design… Read more »

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 »