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 »


NGLC Proposal Selected As One of 50 Finalists

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On October 11, 2010 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in concert with EDUCAUSE, launched an RFP for the Next Generation Learning Challenges http://nextgenlearning.org. Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a collaborative, multi-year grant program aimed at dramatically increasing college readiness and completion through applied technology. Four initial NGLC challenges were identified; 1. blended learning, 2. learner analytics, 3. deeper learning and engagement, and 4. open… Read more »


Access Copyright’s Royalty Demands Spark Interest in OER

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Access Copyright’s new proposed tariff raising per student fees from about $5 per student to $35 or $45 per student has resulted in widespread objections across the country. Some colleges and universities have decided to withdraw from participating as licensees and are pursuing open educational resource use as an alternative. Paul Stacey explores this issue and its implications. Read more here.


Learning and Knowledge Analytics Open Course

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BCcampus is pleased to support the Introduction to Learning and Knowledge Analytics open online course offered by George Siemens and the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. This course is being hosted on BCcampus’ open online community SCoPE site. The Learning and Knowledge Analytics Open Course is not offered for-credit. It is intended for professional development and to raise awareness of the role… Read more »


The University of Open

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Open source software, open access publishing, open government/data, open educational resources, and open pedagogies all share a common underlying philosophy. Paul Stacey explores their synergistic potential by strategically bringing them together to form a new alternative institution – the University of Open.


SOLR featured in upcoming Equella webinar

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An upcoming webinar by Pearson EQUELLA will feature BCcampus’ Shareable Online Learning Repository (SOL*R) as an exemplary regional repository. On December 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific, The Chronicle of Higher Education is hosting a webinar presented by Pearson EQUELLA to explore the way digital repositories can be used across institutions for sharing materials. BCcampus’ Shareable Online Learning Service is one of the examples that… Read more »


The Future of Open Educational Resources

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Sometimes its the things that aren’t there that make you see what’s missing and think more deeply. Along with Scott Leslie from BCcampus I presented at the recent Open Education Conference in Barcelona. Drawing on what I saw at the conference, and what I didn’t see, I’ve posted a critique of where I think the Open Educational Resources effort is currently at and suggestions for… Read more »


Cloud computing, edutech and privacy concerns: update

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Our long-awaited and twice-postponed Privacy Conference looks like it may happen in spring 2011 after all. I’ve been supported by a working group made up of individuals from five institutions over the past few months, and have learned quite a bit about the landscape of privacy legislation, educational technology and “cloud computing” – and how they all relate. Over the past few weeks I’ve been… Read more »


Next Generation Learning Challenge

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The Gates Foundation in partership with Educause has launched a Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) seeking to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States through the use of information technology, especially for the benefit of low-income young adults. The program provides investment capital, builds evidence, and fosters an active community of innovators and adopters in pursuit of this goal. The program emphasizes… Read more »


Free and Learning in Barcelona

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The 7th Annual Open Education Conference took place in Barcelona at the beginning of November. BCcampus was represented by two people; Paul Stacey presented on different models of OER funding, and we’ll have a report on that next week. In the meantime, Client Services Manager Scott Leslie posted a very creative, innovative set of observations and impressions on his own blog. He was there as… Read more »