BCOER's Happy New Hackfest and Planning Day

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BCOER Librarians were well primed for today’s planning meeting and hackfest. Having just celebrated 2 years as a group and community of practice, it was great to get together and mark all we’ve accomplished to date and, happily, plan for the new year! Nine of us met at BCIT Downtown brimming with noteworthy news and stories on all things Open Textbook and Open Education from our respective campuses and organizations. After… Read more »


A Midsummer's Day Hackfest

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On Friday July 17th,  BCOER held a summer hackfest. We didn’t get the turnout we originally hoped for— with many of the BCOER away on vacation—but there’s something to be said about small, nimble, and focused teams. We had a very productive day with five of us accomplishing what we set out to do and even ending the day with energy to spare! To start, we identified two… Read more »


One Heck of a Hackfest, I'd Say

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Last Friday (May 9th) a dozen librarians gathered for a hackfest at SFU Harbour Centre.  Our goal: to work collectively for the day on an OER project we were keen to get done. Participants were a mix of librarians from the recently formed BCOER group, a grassroots group of BC postsecondary librarians interested in OER, as well as, a cadre of talented and energetic UBC Library school… Read more »


Webinar: Orientation to Open Textbooks

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Open invitation to an open textbook webinar! Join Una Daly and Terrie McAloney for a one-hour orientation to open textbooks. What: An orientation to open textbooks When: Wednesday, November 21, 11:00 – 12:00 PST Where: SCoPE Blackboard Collaborate room: http://urls.bccampus.ca/scopeevents There is no need to register for this webinar. If you are new to Blackboard Collaborate, check that your equipment is ready ahead of the session. Missed the… Read more »


OER Forum Summary

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To top off a week of engaging discussions at the Open Education 2012 conference Oct 16th – 18th,  BCcampus hosted the OER Forum attended by senior staff and educators from B.C. post-secondary institutions. The objectives of the forum were to develop a common understanding of what Open Educational Resources (OER) could mean for B.C., share ideas and experiences, and collectively build a vision of how… Read more »


More Open

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At last year’s  ETUG Spring Workshop 2011 “Open4Learning” we explored the theme of what open means to us as educators and learners.  Alan Levine shared a selection of “Amazing Stories of Openness” and the beauty and magic of serendipitous connections from being more open. In addition to a number of wonderful sessions on openness in learning, we enjoyed previewing a mashup videos that resulted from… Read more »


Testing the limits of university teaching

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This talk by George Roberts was given at the annual Brooks Learning and Teaching Conference : “Testing the limits of university teaching: openness, assessment and collaboration”.  This event was just on the heels of the First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC, so the questions posed by George were all fresh in our minds! The slides are here. Abstract: Among the practices which… Read more »


Opening Up Events: Technology Trends and Courage to Adapt

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Cross-posted from Sylvia Currie’s blog… This 2-hour event, Technology Trends and Courage to Adapt, facilitated by Tony Bates and Gary Poole was held yesterday at Vancouver Community College in Vancouver, British Columbia. The organizers connected with the Professional Learning team at BCcampus to see about helping to open up the event to the outside world. We jump at any chance to experiment, so of course we… Read more »


VCC Event: Technology Trends and the Courage to Adapt Recap

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On April 24th 2012, we gathered at Vancouver Community College to listen to Gary Poole and Tony Bates on Higher Education and the changes in technology. The room was packed full of educators from the Lower Mainland eager to see what it takes to adapt to the changing landscape of Higher Education. As part of BCcampus’s effort to open up access to local events for… Read more »


Demystifying the Student Perspective

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‘Demystifying the Student Perspective’ series was developed in 2011 to bridge the gap between post-secondary instructors and undergraduate students to better teaching and learning. From March 21st – 23rd, 2012, we gathered a group of 5 students for an online panel to delve into their thoughts about their experiences with online course work. All participants are Undergraduate Students of Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Communications,… Read more »