ApplyBC Update: a roadmap for 2014 and phasing out SIN collection

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BCcampus recently posted the ApplyBC 2014-2016 Roadmap to share the direction we have for our online application program, and we’d like to hear what our stakeholders have to say. Our goal is to improve the user experience while expanding our ability to better serve the needs of institutions. The ApplyBC application service underwent a modernization project in 2013, with a goal of providing a seamless… Read more »


5 Questions with Dr. Valerie Irvine – UVic TIE Research Lab

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Dr. Valerie Irvine

Dr. Valerie Irvine is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria.  Dr. Irvine is also the co-founder and co-director of the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab, which conducts extensive research into numerous e-learning innovations. Dr. Valerie Irvine When did you first become interested in educational technology? I’ve been interested in connectedness and social justice… Read more »


A great start to 2014: Open Textbook Project saves B.C. students over $50,000

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The numbers are in and BCcampus couldn’t be happier. According to a news release published today by the Ministry of Advanced Education, close to 300 students are saving money on textbooks required for their post-secondary classes. By the numbers: 60 students taking introductory physics at Kwantlen Polytechnic University were assigned an open textbook that replaced a traditional textbook costing $187, for a collective saving of… Read more »


5 Questions with Sue Doner: FAIR UVic and accessibility for online courses

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Sue Doner has thought a lot about how disabled students access online learning. She is now an Instructional Designer at Camosun College’s Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, but previously she worked at University of Victoria. Sue Doner There she helped pioneer FAIR UVic: Facilitating Accessible Instruction and Resources. FAIR provides information and resources for instructors looking to produce accessible and usable content and… Read more »


A look back as we close out a very “open” year

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Happy Holidays from all of us at BCcampus

On behalf of the editorial and writing team at BCcampus, we wish you a joyous holiday season. We’ve had a busy year writing, curating, and bringing you the most innovative teaching and technology innovations in the B.C higher education system. In 2013, we published over 112 blog posts and delivered 16 newsletters to our subscribers. And as December comes to a close, here’s a look… Read more »


Canvas is coming to an SFU campus near you

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Next month, Simon Fraser University will complete its switch to Canvas—a new learning management system (LMS) used as a stand-alone platform by only one other post-secondary institution in Canada. Blackboard Inc., the company that provides SFU’s current LMS (WebCT), announced it would end support for the platform in December 2012. That’s what prompted SFU, along with many other North American universities, to look for a… Read more »


Survey finds higher education institutions are adopting standards to promote online education quality

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The 2013 Managing Online Education Survey by WCET reveals 85% of responding institutions have implemented some form of standards or best practices in online courses. Boulder, CO – WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) in partnership with BCcampus, Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, and eCampusAlberta, announce the release of the 2013 Managing Online Education Survey Results focused on the practices that promote quality in online… Read more »


Community is the heart of the NWCC Library

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If you took a map of British Columbia and drew a circle around the land from Haida Gwaii to Houston, you’d see how widely spread the communities served by Northwest Community College (NWCC) are. While physical NWCC libraries can be found at the Prince Rupert, Terrace, and Smithers campuses, library services extend far and wide to learners and faculty at other northern communities. This extension… Read more »


Calling open textbook advocates: Danielle Paradis wants to speak with you

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We recently interviewed Danielle Paradis, a graduate student of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University, who is studying educators’ and librarians’ experiences in implementing open textbooks. We asked her five questions about her research and why it’s important to the future of post-secondary education. 1.     Why did you choose to focus on open educational resources? Open textbooks are only a small part… Read more »


Successful Kaltura pilot project moves into production at UNBC and Douglas College

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The Kaltura pilot project has been successful enough that one partner institution is already in full production, and another is planning to move from pilot to production in this academic year. As we reported in September, University of British Columbia and BCcampus have teamed up with other institutions in a limited pilot project to test Kaltura, a video enterprise platform. This partnership includes shared licensing fees, shared… Read more »