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 »


Exploring faculty use of Open Educational Resources in B.C. post-secondary institutions

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The findings in this report provide a snapshot of the B.C. post-secondary system as a whole, we also explore similarities and differences in OER use among faculty across the three institution types in British Columbia: research-intensive universities, teaching-intensive universities, and colleges/institutes. Led by the 2014/15 B.C. Open Textbook Faculty Fellows, Rajiv S. Jhangiani, KPU, Christina Hendricks, UBC and Jessie Key, VIU, and in collaboration with Rebecca… Read more »


Supporting Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia

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Higher education practitioners in British Columbia have built and are sustaining an Open Practice community, but it hasn’t been a straight-line development process over the past 13 years, nor has it been completely planned and there have been many of twists and turns, all the while building a community from the successes and the missteps along the way. This article has been adapted from the… Read more »


BCcampus leads the collaborative development of new and open elder abuse prevention, detection and response resources

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In 2013, 15% of British Columbia’s population was over 65. The number of adults over 65 is projected to more than double over the next 25 years. These numbers impact all of us, and it is our responsibility to look after, and protect the elders in our communities. Working together to make a change BCcampus has recently completed the collaborative development of curricular resources that help… Read more »


BCcampus Open Textbook Project – Fall 2015 Update

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On top of hitting a major financial milestone of over $1 million saved for post-secondary students in B.C, the BCcampus OpenEd team has been busy over the summer: releasing new textbooks, finalizing agreements with other provinces, preparing for the upcoming Open Education Conference, and updating the Common Core Trades and ABE training books. Open Textbooks save B.C. students $1 million No matter how you calculate… Read more »


OE Global 2015 Conference Inspires Heart and Vision

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We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Irwin DeVries, Thompson River University, about his experiences at the OE Global 2015 conference. The conference setting at Banff Park Lodge in beautiful Banff, AB was inspiring in itself but DeVries came away inspired by the international community’s passion – its heart and vision, for open education. Over 300 attendees from around the globe met to learn about… Read more »


The Summer of Summits – Adaptive Learning

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BCcampus is hosting the 3rd Annual Open Textbook summit in Vancouver, B.C., this month and plans to attend another in Santa Fe, New Mexico in June The summer of summits is underway, with our 3rd Annual Open Textbook Summit scheduled for May 28th – 29th, 2015, in Vancouver, and the WCET Connect Leadership Summit planned for June 10th – 11th in Santa Fe, New Mexico…. Read more »