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 »


Tech Days of Christmas – Day 1

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In the week leading up to Christmas, we thought we’d do something fun and a little more in keeping with the holidays. We’re bringing you the “Tech Days of Christmas” featuring some of our favourite tech toys and gadgets. They are either items we already have, or items on our wish list. With a staff chock full of tech-savvy software engineers and developers, you’re sure… Read more »


Videoconferencing resources in BC

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We got a question via Twitter last month – is there a list of BC post-secondary institutions that have videoconferencing capability? Unfortunately, none of us here know of such a directory. We would think most do, especially PSIs that offer distance learning. However we also know of at least one that doesn’t have videoconferencing capability. Having the equipment is one thing: how it gets used… Read more »


“Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you”

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The Transcript Exchange project went into production today, albeit as a pilot between Douglas, Kwantlen and SFU. The first transcript was successfully delivered from Douglas to Kwantlen and acknowledged back at noon over BCcampus’ secure and encrypted Enterprise Bus. There is something deeply satisfying when a concrete useful piece of information is transmitted for the first time. We might know all about electricity and bits… Read more »


More on Transcript Exchange service lift-off

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Great news from our institutional transcript exchange implementer, Dean Hiebert: “I am pleased to announce that on Dec 14th, 2010, at precisely 12 PM, the first production XML transcript navigated through the BC campus system from Douglas to Kwantlen. The acknowledgement was immediately generated and gracefully passed back to Douglas College, making the entire transaction complete at 12:01 precisely. We have lift-off!” This is a… Read more »


The way we do that thing we do

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BCcampus has 26 full and part time employees distributed throughout BC. Aside from the head office in Vancouver and the Victoria office, where most of the software development team is based, we have staffers in New Westminster, Nanaimo, and the interior. Needless to say, getting us all together physically in the same room happens infrequently. Last Wednesday December 8 we took the day to do… Read more »


How users are getting to our student services portal

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Most of the traffic to our BC student services portal is from users planning to apply to one of BC’s post-secondary institutions (PSIs). We recently reviewed Google Analytics (GA) reports for the purpose of determining how users get to these services. Of the nearly 900,000 portal visits during the past year, visits were evenly spilt between directly entering the service URL (primarily pas.bc.ca) and those… Read more »