Lessons from Connecticut: how eTutoring works

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Carolyn Rogers

Distance and online learning has changed, and so has the need to support online learners. For students experiencing time or other constraints, eTutoring offers a way to get much-needed extra help. Carolyn Rogers It began in 2001 with a vision of creating a collaborative tutoring program to support online students at seven colleges in Connecticut. Now, over a decade later, the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC)… Read more »


Five questions with Cathy Carson: My NVIT and Moodle

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1. How does Moodle support students and faculty at NVIT with the delivery of information and courses? The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is an Ellucian Colleague school and has the Colleague Portal called myNVIT. Moodle is fully integrated with NVIT’s Colleague system and myNVIT Portal. That means that when staff in Enrolment Services create a class section and add a faculty member to that… Read more »


WriteAway: a glimpse into the future of online tutoring in B.C.

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The first-year sociology student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University who wonders if she has properly referenced her mid-term assignment paper. The second-year philosophy student at SFU looking for feedback on his case arguments. The senior political science student at UBC with a quick grammar question. Sunni Nishimura What do these three students have in common? Together, they are the driving force behind WriteAway, a new online tutoring… Read more »


Building for the Future: Remote Web-Based Science Labs and NANSLO

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This week finds the BCcampus team immersed in the world of Remote Web-based Science Laboratory (RWSL) learning with two back-to-back meetings with key thought-leaders from across the province and the United States. The BC RWSL meeting brings together the top innovators from North Island College and Thompson Rivers University to share their thinking, research and understanding of how to make science more accessible to learners… Read more »


How Vancouver Community College is Maximizing Moodle

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Like most post-secondary institutions across British Columbia, Vancouver Community College (VCC) has long relied on Moodle as a key tool for online learning. Moodle, however, was not being leveraged to its full potential in supporting course delivery. Three years ago, Jason Devisser, department head of VCC’s Automotive Service Technician (AST) program, took giant strides to revolutionize the way Moodle is utilized within a classroom setting… Read more »


Join us at MoodleMoot 2013

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BCcampus, on behalf of the BCcampus Moodle Shared Services Participating Institutions, the British Columbia and Canadian Moodle communities invites you to join us February, 12 -15, 2013 in Vancouver for some west coast openness, collaboration, innovation, and community building. Open source platforms such as Moodle advance through the hard work of motivated users who share their ideas freely. How do we capture the creativity and… Read more »


Collaborative Educational Services Update

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We’re in the process of adopting the name Collaborative Educational Services to be inclusive of both educational technology shared services (e.g., Moodle) as well as collaborative programs (e.g., Applied Business Technology) and services (e.g. eTutoring). (Note: we currently refer to these areas as Collaborative Programs and Shared Services.) This note is concerned specifically with the educational technology shared service area though – BCcampus now has 13 collaborative… Read more »


Canada MoodleMoot 2013 Call for Proposals

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The keynote speakers are confirmed and the draft program is out for Moodlemoot 2013! BCcampus is working with the B.C. Moodle community and Knowplace to bring you the next big national Moodlemoot. Theme: From Coding to Networking: Building Moodle on a Human Scale Dates: Feb. 12-15, 2013 Keynote presenters: Martin Dougiamas on Moodle, Tony Bates on quality in e-learning and Bradley Shende, who will focus… Read more »



Adopting Open Textbooks

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BCcampus is supporting the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Collaborative Online Program in testing the open textbook waters with a pilot project this year. So far, the project has involved providing an online course, and investigating authoring tools for creating open textbooks from the various open educational resources (OER) found online.As BCcampus Client Service Manager Scott Leslie explained: “The initial request was to find suitable open textbook… Read more »