The National Survey of Online and Distance Education in Canadian Post-Secondary Education

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BCcampus – PRESS RELEASE eCampusAlberta is pleased to announce its support for the National Survey of Online and Distance Education in Canadian Post-Secondary Education. eCampusAlberta, along with its Canadian consortium counterparts: BCcampus, Campus Manitoba, Contact North and eCampusOntario have committed financial and in-kind resources to help launch this important project. Lead researcher, Dr. Tony Bates is passionate about this project and is “excited to be… Read more »


Pioneering Open Education Through Collaboration with BCcampus and eCampusOntario

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BCcampus is very glad to be working in partnership with our colleagues at eCampusOntario. We’re collaborating in developing systems and processes to support Ontario post-secondary faculty in the review and adoption of open textbooks from the BC Open Textbook Project. BCcampus will provide a WordPress site at open.ecampusontario.ca that will act as the central hub for the project. This website will link to the BC… Read more »


BCcampus’ Amanda Coolidge to serve on the 2017 OEC Board of Directors

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Great news! Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education has been elected to sit on the Open Education Consortium’s Board of Directors. Responsibilities of the board members include: Participate in board meetings and online discussions; Active participation on initiatives and/or committees, board sub-groups or working groups; Promote participation and membership in the Consortium; Cultivation and encouragement of board members and nominees; High level financial responsibility for… Read more »


From borders to barriers, open textbooks make education accessible

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Back in August, we read a great article about Camosun College partnering with Arusha Technical College, in Tanzania, Africa to start up a Gas Transmission Technician Diploma Programme to meet the pipefitting needs of the local industry. This article piqued our interest, and we thought we should follow up with John Gordon, Chair, Plumbing, Pipe & Refrigeration Trades at Camosun College and his team to… Read more »


BCcampus staff spotlight: Mary Burgess, Executive Director

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The stage is set and the curtains are drawn, it’s finally opening day at the Festival of Learning! To help kick off the celebrations, we’d like to share a few things about what makes BCcampus shine, and what better person than our very own Executive Director, Mary Burgess. This is the fifth installment in the staff highlight series, following in the footsteps of Denise Goudy, Director, BCcampus, the Professional Learning… Read more »


BCcampus makes higher education more accessible across the province with OER

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BCcampus is a strong advocate for creating accessible teaching and learning materials for students and teachers in B.C. Align this with the work that our Open Education team is doing to make higher education more accessible, flexible and affordable for all learners across the province and you’ve got a winning combination. New open educational resources In the fall of 2015, we released 23 newly adopted… Read more »


Practicing openness and sharing through partnerships

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BCcampus and Lumen Learning are pleased to announce a new partnership that will allow the two organizations to collaborate more closely to support the effective creation and use of open educational resources (OER).  Both organizations are deeply involved in improving access to post-secondary education through the use of open practices. For both BCcampus and Lumen Learning, this means not only replacing traditionally published resources with… Read more »


Staff Spotlight: The BCcampus Open Education team

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BCcampus contributes to the development of an open future for teaching practices and educational resources. We encourage educators to develop and share educational resources and expertise by promoting open and accessible networks and educational practice models. Wherever possible the use of OER and open applications are encouraged, particularly through our major collaborative project in open textbook adoption, adaptation, and creation: the B.C. Open Textbook Project. This is… Read more »


Advancing Open Pedagogy

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Amanda Coolidge and I recently spent a few days on a Mississippi river boat with a lot of big Open Education brains thanks to the very generous Hewlett Foundation. Some of the discussions that happened on the boat were about next steps for our Open work and about being more transparent with each other about our development. This blog post is our crack at that…. Read more »


Faculty advocates helping to spread the OER movement across B.C.

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The B.C. Open Textbook team is excited to announce three instructors who have joined BCcampus to fulfill a one-year term as our Faculty Fellows. Our 2016/17 Faculty Fellows: Jennifer Kirkey, Douglas College, Rod Lidstone, Camosun College and Arthur Gill Green, Okanagan College will work together to encourage greater educational and institutional uptake of open textbooks and the use of open educational resources in the B.C…. Read more »