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 »

Studying the teaching and learning process makes every institution its own learning lab

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“Imagine someone who decides that they are interested enough in how their students are learning that, besides research in their own discipline [whether it’s law, chemistry, sociology or microbiology], they do research into the topic of teaching and learning. What sort of support do they need to do this kind of research? How do they make it second nature as part of their day to… Read more »

ETUG fall workshop “unconference” model encourages collaboration and creativity

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Attendees at the annual ETUG fall workshop November 13 will experience a unique conference format with sessions delivered through collaboration, creativity, and peer-led learning. The unconference model is a participant-driven event that uses open space and flexible presentations to dig into the concerns of the attendees. The origin of the unconference name is attributed to Lenn Pryor, based on his write-up of the 2004 BloggerCon,… Read more »

Four ways librarians are essential to the future of open textbooks and OER

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When the Open Textbook Project started two years ago, librarians were identified as one of the important stakeholder groups with essential skills and insights to support faculty in finding and adopting quality open educational resources (OER). BCcampus began a conversation with some interested librarians, and within a year convened an OER Librarians group committed to advocating OER in their institutions. That conversation culminated in an… Read more »

UNBC librarians inoculate novice academics against predatory publishers

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Under the guise of open access, predatory publishers are preying on naïve graduate students, offering a paid forum to publish ideas without the “pesky” peer-review process. Here’s the scenario: you’ve just finished your graduate program and you’re inundated with offers to publish your work. For a fee, many online journals will share your article online, boosting your academic credibility and assuring you a future within… Read more »

Open Access Week: Equipping the online learning community with open-access tools

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Open Access workshops led by BCcampus provide educators across the province an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique challenges of learning in an online environment. One of the resources available to the education community of B.C. is SOL*R, the Shareable Online Learning Resource. This service is available for free through BCcampus, and was created to facilitate sharing, collaboration, and iterative development of content by and… Read more »

Celebrating Open Access Week with new open textbooks

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This fall we have added new textbooks in Geography, Marketing, English, Psychology, and Sociology to our open textbooks collection, each with significant contributions from post-secondary faculty in British Columbia. British Columbia in a Global Context This introductory Geography textbook was created from scratch to meet the specific regional needs of British Columbia courses and programs. Written by faculty from SFU, UBC, Okanagan College, and the… Read more »

Open Textbook Project turns two

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The B.C. Open Textbook Project turns two years old today. Birthdays are a good time for reflection, and as we look back over the past two years, we can see just how far we have come with the B.C. Open Textbook Project. In the beginning It was on October 16, 2012 at the annual OpenEd conference in Vancouver that then British Columbia Minister of Advanced… Read more »

Workshop builds confidence to make the teaching process smoother

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A popular UNBC workshop uses case studies, group work, and interactive discussion to help educators overcome confidence challenges and discover essential tools and techniques to facilitate knowledge transfer. Over the past decade, 350 to 400 people in northern B.C have participated in a unique workshop to improve their ability to thrive within the classroom. The workshop was most recently offered at the Teaching and Learning… Read more »