Quest 2010

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I just returned from Quest 2010 in Toronto. I must say this was one of the best conferences I’ve attended in a long time; 900 participants including parents, students, teachers, administrators, university types, government. All sessions were conducted at round tables, even plenaries with 700+ people. It was a mega undertaking in a huge room with stage lighting throughout. That is, it was darkish with… Read more »

Thoughts on Shared Services Meeting November 2010

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It started out about privacy, but ended up about sharing. In terms of BCcampus events, the Friday, November 5 date was initially scheduled for the FIPPA (Freedom of Information and Privacy Act) event to explore the impact of FIPPA on educational technologies such as Learning Management Systems (LMS), media and other hosting. Unfortunately for those working diligently to organize this requested event, it ultimately was… Read more »

Connect. Collaborate. Innovate. Blog!

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BCcampus’ mandate is to “connect, collaborate and innovate.” This blog is a further step on our journey to fulfilling our mandate. Since we started in 2002 we have developed a diverse set of services and projects with different audiences within 25 B.C. post-secondary institutions (PSIs).  In the past year and a half we have restructured BCcampus to reflect a more client-centred focus, we have created… Read more »

Adobe Connect Case Study 2 – Nutrition and Food Service Management Program

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Adobe Connect Case Study 2: Janet LaPatourel, Instructor, Langara College Purpose Janet LaPatourel has two main uses for Adobe Connect: providing virtual office hours to her students and for weekly webinars. In general, she finds Adobe Connect has been really useful and overall has had very few problems with it. Accomplishments The virtual office works well because, instead of just being available for email response… Read more »

Science targeted in this year’s Online Program Development Fund

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The Online Program Development Fund, this year totaling $750,000, is now accepting proposals. BCcampus invites B.C. public post secondary institutions to send their submissions by December 14, 2010. (Find the Call for Proposals and related documents here.) New this year: a portion of the available funding is targeted for online science curricula, in support of Year of Science. An evaluation committee made up of peers drawn from… Read more »

Transcript Exchange Pilot Project

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BCcampus has been involved in the Transcript Exchange pilot project since 2009. It started as a proof-of-concept initiative to replace the older, EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) method for exchanging post-secondary student transcripts. Three institutions have been involved: Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen University and Douglas College. The British Columbia Registrars Association (BCRA) had initially approached BCcampus in 2008 with a request to replace the EDI method… Read more »

Shared Services Meeting Nov 5

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Thank you for attending and making our events such a success. We have established a Shared Services Forum on our corporate wiki page – please head over there for presentations and meeting notes, and to participate in the ongoing discussion. 1. ETUG fall workshop Date: Nov. 4 (There is a social the evening before, Nov 3). Location: Inn at the Quay, Hyack Rooms (North &… Read more »

Year of Science

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Science capacity is crucial to a knowledge-based economy and key to BC’s continuing economic prosperity. Scientific knowledge is necessary for inventing new technologies that lead to economic benefits and job creation. Science permeates our everyday life impacting everything from the homes we live in to music and sport. Science is key to solving many complex problems that are affecting our well being and well being… Read more »

From Big to Small: BCcampus helps educators in Bella Coola, Cranbrook and Courtenay offer science courses online.

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From outer space exploration to magnifying microscopic organisms, BCcampus is helping put science labs online. Now in its third year,the Web-based Associate of Science Degree Project (WASc) aims to branch out and offer courses in physics, chemistry, geology and biology. North Island College currently offers a unique and innovative on-line astronomy lab course, where students can operate the remote telescope at Tatla Lake from the… Read more »

Connector2 improves services to BCs post-secondary education system

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This spring, after the largest implementation undertaken by BCcampus to date, its “backbone” – Connector2 – got a lot stronger, making the data transfer system more modern, stable and flexible. Connector2 is the system that connects post-secondary institutions’ enterprise systems to each other, as well as to BCcampus, offering secure and reliable data exchange. Although the first phase of Connector worked reliably, Connector2 brings a… Read more »