5 Questions with Gina Bennett, eLearning specialist and open education advocate

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Gina Bennett coordinates all aspects of distance learning for the College of the Rockies including orienting new faculty to the online learning environment, providing student and faculty support, and evaluating new technologies for educational application. What do you do at College of the Rockies? I’ve been a faculty member at the College for 16 years. Our small college allows me to wear many different hats…. Read more »


Open Textbooks of the Day: Economics

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Coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. This week, BCcampus features some our best open textbooks (ratings of 80% and higher based on peer reviews) currently available to instructors and students on our OpenEd site. Today’s textbook is about economics: Textbook: Principles of Microeconomics Reviewed by: John Brouwer, Eton… Read more »


Open Textbooks of the Day: Social Sciences

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Coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. This week, BCcampus features some our best open textbooks (ratings of 80% and higher based on peer reviews) currently available to instructors and students on our OpenEd site. Today’s three textbooks are in the social sciences:   Textbook: Introduction… Read more »


Open Education Week 2014: we’re featuring the ‘best-of’ our open textbook collection

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Today, March 10 marks the kick-off of to the third annual Open Education Week. Coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. Beginning with this blog post today, BCcampus will be participating by featuring some our best open textbooks (ratings of 80% and higher based on peer… Read more »


5 questions with Sylvia Currie about social learning and open practices

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As the senior manager of professional learning at BCcampus, Sylvia Currie is part of a team responsible for creating and fostering open learning opportunities for educational professionals across the province. Sylvia Currie 1. Tell a bit about what you and your team do? Social learning and open practices are at the core of what we do. We create both informal and formal learning opportunities through face-to-face… Read more »


Want to make your meetings more productive? Then start doodling.

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In general, we remember 10 per cent of what we hear, 20 per cent of what we read, and 80 per cent of what we see and do. It’s no surprise that using doodles to record and facilitate meetings and workshops—known as “visual recording” and “visual facilitating”—is changing the way we do meetings. Drawing your meetings creates an organic visual record and participants pay more… Read more »


5 questions with Dr. George Veletsianos on open scholarship and the role of emerging technologies

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Dr. George Veletsianos is Canada Research Chair of Innovative Learning and Technology and Professor at Royal Roads University’s School of Education and Technology. Dr. Veletsianos is a past Fulbright scholar and was recently awarded one of seven early-career fellowships by the Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning, a European Union Initiative. 1. Tell us a bit more about your role as the Canada Research… Read more »


Over 500 students supported during WriteAway’s first year

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A pioneering group of six B.C. post-secondary institutions have pooled their resources to help hundreds of students online – extending valuable in-person learning support services. The WriteAway e-tutoring experiment has been so successful the group is looking to expand to other institutions and other subjects. One year ago these early adopters – College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, and… Read more »


5 questions with Mary Burgess on our open textbook project and the future of open education

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Mary Burgess

As the Open Education director for BCcampus, Mary is responsible for our open education programs including, the Open Textbook program, professional learning and training programs, and applied research projects such as the remote web-based science labs (RWSL /NANSLO).   1. Can you give us an overview of the open textbook project? The open textbook project works on a cycle of adopt, adapt and create. Our overall… Read more »


Open badges summit provides big ideas for BC higher education

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Michelle Glubke

Last week, BCcampus staffer Michelle Glubke attended the  Summit to Reconnect Learning in California’s Silicon Valley. The conference brought together over 250 people to discuss at a high-level how badges could be used in learning. Following is her summary conference report. Michelle Glubke Summit Format  The atmosphere of the Summit began with a full slate of morning sessions that suggested building a coalition to combat the challenges… Read more »