Hanging out and watching videos

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If I don’t say this all the time I should because I sure think it a lot! I’m so grateful for my membership in CPsquare, and especially the partnership between SCoPEand CP2 to organize quarterly field trips together. Well, after I typed that I immediately wanted to add also especially the monthly “my practice” series where I learn so much from other community of practice leaders. Normally for the… Read more »


Intellectual Property, Internet and Higher Ed in BC

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Paul Stacey has compiled some good resources on the recent debate around two bills in the United States in his latest blog post: “The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). SOPA is intended to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. PIPA is intended to give the US government and copyright holders tools to curb access to… Read more »


2011 The Year of Open

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The “open” space is expanding. 2011 has been a watershed year with open gaining traction and acceptance. Governments in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.S. have all adopted Creative Commons licenses to communicate broad reuse rights to the content, data, and educational materials they create. By doing so these national governments are seeking to: promote creative and innovative activities, which will deliver social and… Read more »


Behind the Scenes of an Open Event

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This week I participated in a debate organized by the Selkirk College Teaching and Learning Institute: “Is the internet making you smarter?” An open invitation was extended to all by Theresa Southam, coordinator for the Institute. Being new to social media combined with her very part-time position at the college, Theresa requested a little help with event promotion and engagement. She is interested in opening up… Read more »


Over 800 new resources added to SOLR

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During the past few weeks we’ve seen a couple of bulk imports add to the number of resources available to BC educators for free in SOL*R. The first set is over 500 resources developed by C2T2 and system partners (referred to in the past as the C2T2 Electronic Curriculum Collection) that are now available under a BC Commons license to any BC educator. These span a host of… Read more »


Is the Internet Making Us Smarter?

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Heck YES or Heck NO? Join the debate at Selkirk College! When November 15, 2011 at 11:30 (Pacific). See your time zone How Live Stream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/selkirk-danm Twitter http://twitter.com/FrankenSmarter  hashtag #frankensmarter Brought to you by the Selkirk College Teaching and Learning Centre.


State of Online Address

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BCcampus is a member of the WICHE Cooperative for Education Technology (WCET). WCET’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of effective practices, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. We like WCET as it is one of the few organizations that really brings together consortia based organizations like BCcampus from across North America. Attending their annual gathering and conference gives us a chance… Read more »


Open Ed 2011 Recap and Invitation to Vancouver for Open Ed 2012

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I was extremely fortunate to once again participate in what has become an annual event for me, the 8th International Open Education Conference, which this year moved back closer to its historic birthplace in Utah. This year’s conference took place up in the mountains east of Salt Lake City at Park City, a beautiful setting that in its relative remoteness also led to much concentrated… Read more »


10 ways to enhance online conference participation

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At BCcampus we always attempt to offer some kind of experience for individuals or groups who are unable to attend meetings and events in person. Sometimes this is simply a shared recording of one or more selected presentations. Other times we live stream, but don’t plan for other ways to engage the online participants. Occasionally the engagement just happens, initiated by participants through twitter. The… Read more »


Renewing our focus on open thinking

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With an inspiring speech by Sir John Daniel, CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, the BCcampus Opening Education event kicked off on Monday, October 17 at the wonderful a Simon Fraser University Centre for the Arts. As a prelude to Open Access Week, BCcampus and partners invited higher education institutional participants to a special event exploring the ways in which Open Access and Open Educational… Read more »