Information and Communication Technology Collaborative Program: A Win-Win for Students

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BCcampus is ten years old in 2012. To commemorate, we’re publishing a series of articles that illustrate some of our milestones and describe how we got here. This is the first article, featuring BCcampus-supported online Collaborative Programs. David Cunningham had been out of school for the better part of 30 years, working in a variety of different fields, when the economic downturn resulted in a period… Read more »


Two New Apps to try in BCcampus Sandbox Environment

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We’ve added two new apps to our BCcampus Sandbox Environment as part of our effort to support exploration into new technologies and potential new shared services for the B.C. system. The first is Etherpad. Etherpad is a collaborative document authoring platform. It was purchased a few years back (and subsequently open sourced) by Google, and some of the patterns of use it supports eventually showed up in… Read more »


Unscheduled Outage of Collaborative Program Sites

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UPDATE (Oct 31, 2011): All Online Collaborative Program websites are now functioning. Thank you for your patience with this issue. UPDATE: (Oct 29, 2011, 2:23 pm): Some BCcampus users continue to experience intermittent login problems on the Online Collaborative Program (ACT, ICT, AECE) websites. We expect this issue to be resolved no later than the end of today for most people. For updates, please go to https://mycusthelp.ca/BCCAMPUS/_cs/FindAnswers.aspx. We… Read more »


Flexible Learning Revisited

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BCcampus’s leadership in distance learning and flexible trades training has attracted international attention. Yesterday, we had a visit at BCcampus from David Scannell, Curriculum Services Manager in the Learning Innovation and Development unit from Holmsglen in Australia. Holmsglen is a TAFE. In Australia, training and further education or TAFE (pronounced /ˈteɪf/) institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational tertiary education courses, mostly qualifying courses under theNational Training System/Australian Qualifications Framework / Australian Quality Training Framework…. Read more »


General Shared Service Meeting November 3

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BCcampus has scheduled a Fall General Shared Service Meeting for November 3, 2011 at the Kwantlen Richmond Campus. Purpose: The annual Fall general shared service meeting provides a forum for general updates, input and feedback on BCcampus shared services. In addition, it is an opportunity to bring forward and discuss requests for new shared services. Usually, the general meeting precedes the individual user group meetings (the individual… Read more »


Shared Service user group meetings

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The first of four BCcampus shared service user group meetings starts today (Friday, September 30) at Room 272 at the BCIT Downtown campus. Kaltura – September 30, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Adobe Connect – October 3, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Moodle – October 6, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm D2L – October 14, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Videoconferencing to various sites is available… Read more »


Shared Services Update August 2011

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I wanted to take an opportunity during this ‘relatively’ quiet period to provide you an update on BCcampus shared services. It has been almost a year that I have been working with institutions on BCcampus shared service initiatives. In that time, the BCcampus team supporting shared service initiatives has worked to: continue to raise awareness of educational shared services as a means to meet enterprise… Read more »


Update on system changes: D2L upgraded and Collaborative Sites launched

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Last week, BCcampus successfully upgraded the Desire2Learn (D2L) shared service from version 8 to 9.1. The upgrade provides numerous enhancements and fixes to almost every area of the learning environment. The improvements will be a benefit to course developers, instructors and students without requiring a lot of re-learning or changing the way the application functions. Single Sign-On (SSO): One of the major behind-the-scenes changes to… Read more »


Moodle Infrastructure Upgrades and changes 2011

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When BCcampus decided to host the Moodle Shared Service infrastructure at Simon Fraser University in the summer of 2006, SFU did not support Linux for production systems and was not ready to support MySQL databases for enterprise applications. A decision was made to run Moodle on Sun Solaris while Lambda Solutions provided the Moodle and MySQL support. Fast forward a few years, and SFU now… Read more »


Video Shared Service

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BCcampus continues to work toward a You-Tube like video shared service in partnership with BC’s public post secondary institutions. BCcampus director Lawrence Parisotto, who has overall responsibility for shared services, sent out a summary of the actions taken to date and next steps including diagrams for requirements gathering and a scheduled next meeting date of April 29, 2011. As part of my work supporting the… Read more »