Award for Excellence in Open Education: Irwin DeVries

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We are incredibly pleased to announce the very first Award for Excellence in Open Education recipient, Dr. Irwin DeVries. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions to the open education movement in British Columbia and Irwin exemplifies this in every way. Post by Rajiv Jhangiani, Advisor, Open Education Dr. Irwin DeVries, Interim Associate Vice President, Open Learning, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Open Learning, has long been… Read more »


KPU unveils sweet suite of courses with no-cost textbooks

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Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) are about to save thousands of dollars on their education, thanks to dozens of courses that don’t require expensive, commercial textbooks. Launched Nov. 1, 2017, the courses are part of KPU’s Zed Cred program, which is the first of its kind in Canada. The “Z” in Zed Cred refers to zero textbook costs and the “Cred” refers… Read more »


Open Education Stories: Creating and reusing problems using OER

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This is the second video in our series, which aims to share stories of how open education is transforming teaching and learning across B.C’s post-secondary sector and making education more accessible for all learners. In the first video, Dr. Jennifer Barker, a Biology instructor at Douglas College, shares how she is helping to remove barriers to education. In this video, Dr. Jonathan Verett and Dr. Agnes… Read more »


The 12 Apps of Christmas: The Gift of Learning Just Got Easier

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… an introduction to an app, whose very existence opened doors, saved time, and made the sharing of knowledge faster, farther-reaching, or simply better. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team Granted, it may not make much of a song, but there will definitely be visions of the 12 Apps of Christmas dancing in our heads… Read more »


Embracing inclusivity: Festival of Learning 2018

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The Festival of Learning event, scheduled for May 28 – 30, 2018 at the Pinnacle Hotel in downtown Vancouver, builds on the success of the inaugural event in 2016, while delivering more value and variety to the instructors, faculty, developers, technologists, and students of B.C and beyond. There’s something for every educator and post-secondary learner. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team Healthy minds, healthy campuses, and… Read more »


BCcampus leads collaborative revision of Practical Nursing and Access to Practical Nursing provincial curriculum

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BCcampus is leading the collaborative revision of the openly licensed 2011 Practical Nursing (PN) Program Curriculum Guide and Access to Practical Nursing (APN) Program Curriculum Guide on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST). Post by BCcampus’ editorial team Through the snowy Winter of 2016 and Spring of 2017, a 10-member Steering Committee representing B.C. public and private post-secondary institutions, health… Read more »


What’s new with the EYPD Web Portal?

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The British Columbia Early Years Professional Development Web Portal (EYPD) at earlyyearsbc.ca has recently released new features to make it easier for early years professionals to find and explore learning opportunities that support their unique needs and interests. Visitors to EYPD are encouraged to sign up as Learners or Organizers to maximize the potential benefits of the portal. Such benefits include a personalized learning space… Read more »


Vancouver Liberating Structures: Growing our Group

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It’s been a busy September and October! Though we tried valiantly to round up our group for our first face-to-face meet-up of the year, it seems the scheduling, our busyness, or downtown Vancouver location isn’t working for people. Post by Leva Lee, Manager, Learning and Teaching We are now thinking about ways to increase the group’s visibility and participation —to grow our user group so… Read more »


BCcampus celebrates B.C. Open Textbook’s 5th anniversary

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It was in 2012, at the annual Open Education conference that we announced the creation of the B.C. Open Textbook Collection. Five years later, we have just returned from this year’s Open Education conference in Anaheim, California, and are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Collection – let’s take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come over the years. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team Beginning… Read more »


Open Access Week: Events, Workshops and Webinars in B.C.

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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team To celebrate Open Access… Read more »