Since 2012, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has funded B.C. open education initiatives led by BCcampus. The goal of the BCcampus open education project is to provide flexible and affordable access to post-secondary learning resources in B.C. by making available openly licensed textbooks that align with the most highly enrolled first- and second-year undergraduate courses and with select skills-training and trades subjects.
Building on our current collection of open educational resources (OER), and in an effort to support the B.C. post-secondary education system during the ongoing migration to online learning, BCcampus has begun to establish a suite of open online courses (OOCs) to provide flexible access for use in B.C. post-secondary institutions. This project includes the creation of new OOCs, as well as the gathering of existing resources into one convenient collection.
What is an open online course?
OOCs are freely accessible, openly licenced courses, and individual OER that can be used for teaching, learning, and assessment. Please visit the Open Online Course Project FAQ for more information.
As part of the establishment of an OOC collection, we conducted an environmental scan of available OER and open course materials in our five initial subject areas, which are:
- University writing – now filled
- Introductory psychology – now filled
- Calculus – now filled
- Business communications – now filled
- Business management – now filled
Now, we are issuing a call for subject-matter experts (SMEs) to do a high-level review of the resources we have gathered. We are looking for one SME for each of the five subject areas who will be responsible for reviewing all resources we have gathered in their subject area and evaluating them using our Open Online Course Environmental Scan Review Rubric. Qualified SMEs teach at a B.C. post-secondary institution in the subject area they would like to review.
Our goal at this stage is to identify only the best resources to go into our OOC collection and eliminate those that are not as high quality. We ask that reviewers refer to the rubric during evaluations, but the only writing required would be 250-word write-ups explaining why particular resources would not be worth adding. These resources will go through a more in-depth peer review as part of our peer review process for the open online course project at a later date.
Successful applicants are expected to:
- Review each course and ancillary resource in their subject area.
- Evaluate resources against the quality guidelines (rubric) and recommend whether or not they should be accepted into the open online course collection.
- Provide a rationale for the rejections.
- Identify the course(s) at their home institutions that align with the resources they recommend.
- Select the top five resources in their subject area.
Reviewers in each subject area will be compensated as follows:
- University writing: $1250
- Introductory psychology: $1250
- Calculus: $1000
- Business communications: $2500
- Business management: $3000
Compensation is based on the volume of work in each subject area.
Reviews are due by 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 15, 2020.
Please submit an application form. Applicants will be accepted until all subject areas have reviewers.
If you have any questions, email Arianna Cheveldave at OOC@bccampus.ca.