Digital skills for collaborative OER development

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New MOOC-like course from OERu provides hands-on experience for educators interested in integrating OER into their curriculum “How do you design courses on the open web that potentially can be used on any delivery platform?” This was the question posed by Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, Director of OER Foundation and the UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. The answer was to… Read more »


Weighing the Pros and Cons of Textbooks [Audio and Video]

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Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

BC Open Textbook Project Faculty Fellow Rajiv Jhangiani interviewed by CBC Radio and Global Television. Designed to be accessible, enabling, and affordable, the BCcampus Open Textbook Program started strong and continues to evolve, and it’s no surprise that interest in this project is growing across the country and around the world. Open Textbook Faculty Fellow, Rajiv Jhangiani, was recently interviewed by CBC Radio trend reporter,… Read more »


Creating a foundation of competency for critical trades in B.C.

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BCcampus is working with Camosun College, the Open School of B.C., and the Industry Training Authority to create resources for trades training specialties identified by the B.C. government as “critical” sectors The B.C. Open Textbook project creates openly licensed textbooks to help make higher education more accessible by reducing the student cost, but that’s only part of the project. We are also ensuring open textbooks… Read more »


Get on board and online with ETUG in 2015: Why you should get to know this vibrant community

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If you’re enthusiastic about teaching, learning and educational technology and haven’t discovered ETUG yet, you’re missing out. ETUG is the BC Educational Technology Users Group, a grassroots community of BC educators (since 1994) who are interested in teaching, learning, educational technology (ed tech) and higher education. They have a dynamic community and a website rich with activities, workshops and resources sharing good ed tech practice…. Read more »


Can everyone actually use it? Testing open textbooks for accessibility

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We’re working with CAPER-BC to develop a resource for OER creators to ensure current and future open textbooks are accessible for everyone, including students with print disabilities. We’ve frequently celebrated Universal Design for Learning – the set of principles for curriculum development that strives to provide students a variety of tools to fit their specific learning needs – as well as the B.C. Open Textbook… Read more »


Peer Feedback on Writing: How Much is Enough?

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How well does student writing improve through giving (and getting) peer feedback? Is the learning maintained in future writing? Dr. Christina Hendricks, PhD, Sr. Instructor of Philosophy and ArtsONE at UBC, is a proponent of Open Education and an educator with an enquiring mind. While teaching the writing-intensive ArtsONE program to first year students she became curious about the value of their peer feedback process…. Read more »


Open textbooks: Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in B.C.

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Embracing the unique aspects of the rich B.C. tourism and hospitality industry – from the extreme to the gentle, the sublime to the austere, and everything that makes this province a preferred destination – the Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality open textbook from LinkBC and BCcampus is intentionally designed to provide students and educators across the province with relevant, localized knowledge and experiences. Based on… Read more »


BCcampus white paper explores disruptive innovation within trades training in B.C.

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A new white paper authored by BCcampus examines the advantages and challenges within Competency-Based Education as it applies to trades training BCcampus’ Michelle Glubke, Manager, Collaborative Services, and Lawrence Parisotto, Director, Collaborative Programs and Services have recently released a comprehensive white paper to bring attention to the opportunities within flexible learning models for trades training in B.C. The research explores the use of Competency-Based Education… Read more »


SFU developing research support to guide faculty in designing SoTL inquiry projects

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Simon Fraser University Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD) is developing a framework and guide to support faculty in choosing and implementing appropriate research designs for their SoTL projects. Greg Hum and Jack Davis, a pair of PhD candidates from Simon Fraser University, presented a workshop at the 2014 Symposium on Teaching and Learning. The workshop’s focus was to generate… Read more »


The need for tools in Competency-Based Education

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Implementing, delivering, and assessing Competency-Based Education programs requires new processes and technology tools to be effective and accepted. This is the second in a three-part series that looks at how new developments in competency-based education (CBE) are being explored by BCcampus. The initial article considered competency-based education as a delivery model and the BCcampus ‘Competency to Credential’ approach, and the third will provide an update… Read more »