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 »


No Budget for Professional Development? No Problem. Log on to Learn!

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There’s no question that Professional Development is important, but not all organizations can afford it. Once the costs for registration, travel, accommodations, meals and time away from work are factored in, many organizations simply don’t have the funds. The benefits of attending a conference in person include networking opportunities, participating in round table discussions and gaining new insights. The long-term value of these learning experiences… Read more »


North Island College recognized as global leader in online innovation

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The Wharton School of Business Reimagine Education Awards recognized North Island College with a pair of awards for their innovative remote laboratory and ability to provide real-time access to distance learners A project created by a local institution to provide students with an Internet connection real-time access to hands-on lab experiments has been recently recognized as one of the top online innovations in the world…. Read more »


Labyrinths for learning

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A workshop at the recent Teaching and Learning Symposium presented a compelling way to introduce mindfulness to learners and educators: finger labyrinths that reduce stress and anxiety while increasing focus. In the Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice held in November at SFU Harbour Centre, one of the sessions looked at a new application of a very old concept: using printed labyrinths… Read more »


Cultivating a culture of experimentation through ‘Tech Buddies’

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The sold-out Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice in November proved to be an excellent opportunity to experiment with alternative attendance options, bringing remote participants into the conversation by remotely-piggybacking a physical attendee. At the Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice this past November, demand quickly outpaced availability and the event sold out quickly. The conference organizers were happy… Read more »


A year ago at BCcampus …

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December can be a busy time of year in post-secondary education. Final papers and exams need to be marked, and holiday preparation notches up the stress levels. Amid the chaos, we’ve taken some time to look back in time to what was happening on bccampus.ca a year ago. We reported the 2013 Managing Online Education Survey by WCET (with help from BCcampus) revealed 85% of… Read more »


Going beyond the classroom to bring open textbooks to trades training

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Targeting skills and trades training for the second round of Open Textbooks Project funding has meant collaborating with industry groups and other organizations – expanding our reach beyond the post-secondary institutions. Round two funding, announced last spring, focused on providing at least 20 open textbooks to trades and skills training. “We’re doing a lot more partnerships with organizations that form a bridge between industry and… Read more »


Vancouver to host the 2015 international Open Education Conference

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Last week, several BCcampus staffers attended OpenEd 2014 in Washington, DC. Partly because of the work we’ve been doing in the OER space in the past two years, conference founder David Wiley announced Vancouver will be the site of next year’s event. At the conference, BCcampus manager for OER, Clint Lalonde, and developer Brad Payne presented on the work Brad has been doing to add… Read more »


B.C. post-secondary educators meet in two conferences to discuss best practices in ed tech and teaching research

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Christina Hendricks

“Push yourself beyond your little confirmation network,” said Gary Poole at the end of the BCcampus symposium on teaching and learning scholarship last Friday, November 14. “Seek out people who will challenge you sometimes.” Hundreds of B.C. post-secondary educators were there to do just that, and so it was a fitting end to two days of conferences hosted by BCcampus last week. ETUG “Unconference” First,… Read more »


Survey opportunity for OER faculty in B.C.

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Do Open Educational Resources make a difference in the classroom? An online survey developed by BCcampus and U.K.-based OER Research Hub is being used to collect data to quantify the efficacy of OER Open Educational Resources have been popular topics for BCcampus; we’ve explored the economics of open, the intersection of open education and technology, and additional relevant posts. Collaborating with the OER Research Hub… Read more »