CNIE 2014 Keynote Speaker Preview: Brian Lamb, Director of Innovation at Thompson Rivers University

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The 2014 Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Conference takes places on May 13 – 16 at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. The theme for this year’s conference: Confluences –  Spaces, Place and Cultures for Innovative Learning. There’s still time to register! And, to whet your appetite BCcampus will be featuring some of the keynote speakers for this event, beginning with today’s blog post… Read more »


Five lessons learned at the Open Textbooks Summit 2014

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It has been a fantastic year for Open Textbooks. Case in point: last year we had 30 people at the Open Textbooks Summit. This year we had 130. Key themes picked up this year were: sharing is what Open Textbooks and OER are all about, and no one has to do it alone. We live-streamed and live-blogged  the first day of the two-day conference because… Read more »


Jon Festinger: 5 lessons learned from using UBC’s open publishing platforms

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John Fetzinger

Jon Festinger is a Vancouver, British Columbia based lawyer whose passion for teaching and law grew from his experiences as a lawyer and executive across the spectrum of media, communications, sports and entertainment. Jon is the author of the first edition of “Video Game Law” published by LexisNexis in 2005 and a co-author of the 2nd Edition that was published in 2012. He is also an… Read more »


Championing OER at Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Dr. Alan Davis

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Faculty who adopt, modify and create open textbooks and other Open Educational Resources are essential in order for OER to thrive. However, an OER champion in the senior administration can bring OER out from the confines of a few good practitioners to widespread acceptance throughout an institution and throughout the higher education system. Dr. Alan Davis, the President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), serves on… Read more »


Open Textbook Summit Preview: Nicole Allen and Ethan Senack

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Our two-day open textbook summit takes place on April 16 and 17 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver, B.C. While registration for this event is now closed, we will be sharing our insights and key observations from the summit online. Two student advocates for textbook affordability, open access and open education Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing… Read more »


Open Textbook Summit Preview: Dr. David Wiley and Kim Thanos, Lumen Learning

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Our two-day open textbook summit takes place on April 16 and 17 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver, B.C. While registration for this event is now closed, we will be sharing our insights and key observations from the summit online. Dr. David Wiley and Kim Thanos, the two co-founders of Lumen Learning, will be giving this year’s keynote address. Regular readers of… Read more »


Spotlight on SFU: EdMedia Protégé Program

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Beginning April 1 right through the beginning of June, the EdMedia team at Simon Fraser University’s Teaching and Learning Centre will get a whole lot busier. That’s when a new cohort of SFU faculty members, who are interested in being better media creators, will immerse themselves in the 10-week blended delivery program. The Teaching and Learning Centre EdMedia team launched the program last year. And,… Read more »


Education is only truly free with open educational resources

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Knowledge knows no boundaries. BCcampus has developed a strong reputation for supporting the development of open educational resources (OER), and that’s why we use open licenses for our Open Textbooks Project. Other jurisdictions and institutions have pursued a single goal of keeping online textbooks at low or no cost. Recent news from Algonquin College in Ontario of an e-textbook program that will bring low cost… Read more »


eCampusAlberta launches online tutoring pilot project modelled on WriteAway

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eTutor Alberta is a new online tutoring service sponsored by eCampusAlberta to provide learners with support for written assignments. Students from nine post-secondary institutions are participating in the initial phase of eTutor Alberta. Similar to our provincial WriteAway program, eTutor Alberta allows students to submit papers online to be reviewed by a tutor from any of the participating institutions. Benefits of eTutor Alberta Shared resources… Read more »


5 questions with Clint Lalonde on the intersection of open education and technology

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Clint Lalonde is one of our resident educational technologists and advocates for the use of open educational resources and open education practices in higher education. His official title is Manager, Open Education. He is a project lead on the BC Open Textbook project. 1. Can you tell us a bit more about Pressbooks and the Open Textbook Project at BCcampus?  PressBooks is an open source textbook… Read more »