A little fish in a big, Open sea: Reflecting on OpenCon 2017

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Earlier in November, I had the opportunity to travel to Berlin, Germany, to attend OpenCon 2017, a three-day annual conference that brings together early-year career professionals from all over the world who work in Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. Post by Josie Gray, Open Education Production Assistant Although I’ve been working with the BCcampus Open Education team for over a year now, I… Read more »

Open textbooks: Making it yours. Making it useful.

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To celebrate the successful addition of College Physics to our Pressbooks Library, we chatted with a few local contributors to learn about their experience creating new open educational resources for students and faculty in B.C. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team The B.C. Open Textbook Collection has been growing at a blistering pace as educators discover the value of customizable resources that fit their curriculum. With… Read more »

Laura MacKay on Capilano University’s new Centre for Teaching Excellence

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In April, BCcampus began featuring teaching and learning across B.C.’s post-secondary institutions. Our first three instalments introduced Tim Paul from Douglas College, and the second, Janni Aragon at the University of Victoria and Carrie Nolan from Northwest Community College. In this post, we talked to Laura MacKay, the Manager of the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Capilano University (Cap U). The new CTE launched August 1, 2017, so it is… Read more »

Liberating Structures: October Update & November Meetup

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In our last update, we shared that we are working on growing our Vancouver Liberating Structures User group. Some of the strategies we discussed at our October meeting were to do the following: spread the word about local practice groups to members and get them to invite a friend; rotate practice groups to different host locations/campuses and meet less frequently; offer a mini Liberating Structures (LS)… Read more »

Teaching, learning, and developmental frameworks

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“Relevant, interactive, rejuvenating, and affirming” – just a few of the terms used to describe the recent Symposium 2017 in Vancouver, B.C. The day featured fabulous food at an inspiring venue, brilliant presenters, attentive participants, and a palpable feeling of camaraderie, inclusion, and a shared interest in exploring the continuum of scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team… Read more »

There’s nothing fake about the ETUG Fall Workshop 2017

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On October 27, over 70 educational technologists, librarians, and faculty from across the B.C. post-secondary sector gathered at Vancouver Community College for the annual ETUG Fall Workshop. This fall, the organizing committee tackled the topic of digital and media literacy through a combination of talks, activities and tabletop discussions. Post by Clint Lalonde, Manager, Educational Technology and Development The morning kicked off with special thanks… Read more »

2017 ABT Online Collaborative Program Sprint

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In 2016/17, BCcampus conducted an internal review of our role and involvement in the Applied Business Technology Collaborative Online Program. As a result of this review, and the current mandate of BCcampus to focus on piloting new innovative ways to deliver programs, we provided notice to the ABT Coordinators of our intention to discontinue hosting and supporting the current model of the program. A notice… Read more »

Award for Excellence in Open Education: Irwin DeVries

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We are incredibly pleased to announce the very first Award for Excellence in Open Education recipient, Dr. Irwin DeVries. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions to the open education movement in British Columbia and Irwin exemplifies this in every way. Post by Rajiv Jhangiani, Advisor, Open Education Dr. Irwin DeVries, Interim Associate Vice President, Open Learning, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Open Learning, has long been… Read more »

KPU unveils sweet suite of courses with no-cost textbooks

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Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) are about to save thousands of dollars on their education, thanks to dozens of courses that don’t require expensive, commercial textbooks. Launched Nov. 1, 2017, the courses are part of KPU’s Zed Cred program, which is the first of its kind in Canada. The “Z” in Zed Cred refers to zero textbook costs and the “Cred” refers… Read more »

Open Education Stories: Creating and reusing problems using OER

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This is the second video in our series, which aims to share stories of how open education is transforming teaching and learning across B.C’s post-secondary sector and making education more accessible for all learners. In the first video, Dr. Jennifer Barker, a Biology instructor at Douglas College, shares how she is helping to remove barriers to education. In this video, Dr. Jonathan Verett and Dr. Agnes… Read more »