Academic Growth – Events for Online Learning

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BCcampus knows how important online learning professional development events are. It’s essential that we complement the growth of online learning with a corresponding growth in knowledge and skills around how to effectively develop and engage in online learning. It is a whole new form of learning BCcampus calls academic growth. Paul Stacey’s latest blog post Professional Development Events and the E-learning Amoeba provides a summary… Read more »


Online Community Enthusiasts Day May 12

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It’s that time of year when post-secondary educators put their heads together to talk about their work and experiences with communities of practice. BCcampus will host the 2011 Online Community Enthusiasts Day May 12 in Vancouver. This year’s theme is “Planning Excellent Community Events” and will be a full day of talking about and experiencing various event formats, strategies and technologies. This one-day gathering is open to… Read more »


Privacy Conference Final Report

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Approximately 100 participants from B.C.’s post-secondary institutions gathered at BCIT in downtown Vancouver Monday April 4 to learn about and discuss issues of Privacy and Cloud-based Educational Technology. Conference participants asked BCcampus to forward a summary of the discussions at this meeting to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, to assist in identifying mutual issues to form the basis of an ongoing dialogue…. Read more »


BC’s higher ed innovation attracts $750,000 Next Generation Learning Challenges grant

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BCcampus is part of a consortium of Pacific Northwest higher education organizations on the receiving end of a $749,994 grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) – http://nextgenlearning.org/the-grants/wave-I-winners#36 an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The winning proposal was based on online science courses and Remote Web-Based Science Lab, a BCcampus Online Program Development… Read more »


Creative Commons Talks With BCcampus

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Creative Commons recently contacted me at BCcampus for a dialogue around our approach to open education and the policy aspects of that approach. In addition to speaking about BCcampus involvement and support for Open Educational Resources (OER) I was invited to offer up recommendations for what Creative Commons should do to further support OER and to imagine the future of OER. You can read the… Read more »


So we’ve published a privacy background paper: what can BCcampus do now?

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Last week we published a background paper on Privacy and Cloud-based Educational Technology (authored by me) which has already generated some interest among e-learning bloggers (Tony Bates and Clint Lalonde have made it the subject of posts on their respective blogs). I hope everyone attending the April 4 conference we are hosting on this topic (either in person or via web-cast) reads the paper beforehand…. Read more »


Evolution of an OER Initiative

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BCcampus started supporting the development of Open Educational Resources (OER) back in 2003 with it’s inaugural Online Program Development Fund. The 2010 call for proposals was the eighth round and brings the total investment made so far to $9 million. Given the burgeoning interest in OER I thought it might be useful to describe this years outcome in the context of an eight year retrospective… Read more »


Open Education Resource University (OERU)

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BCcampus is pleased to be participating in today’s Open Educational Resource University (OERU) inaugural meeting. We’ve been hosting an online seminar in our SCoPE online community exploring the concept of an OERU and have contributed a short paper summarizing the ideas that have emerged. For more on this intiative including how to participate virtually see http://edtechfrontier.com/2011/02/22/open-educational-resource-university-oeru/


2010 Online Program Development Fund Awards

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What do mobile learning, collaborative mining and mineral exploration, early childhood education, online virtual patients, and an applied art and design online studio all have in common? They are all BCcampus 2010 Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) grantees. See the full list of OPDF winners on this news page. Congratulations to all award winners!


April 4-Save the Date-Privacy Conference

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Save this date to your calendar: April 4, 2011, BCIT Atrium, 8th Floor, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver Keynote speaker: Ms Elizabeth Denham, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Province of British Columbia. This conference is timely because the questions just keep coming: How much consent is enough? When students need to register with US-based open education tools to get access, can BC post-secondary institutions ask them to… Read more »