UBC creates local open online course (LOOC) on digital literacy

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Dr. David Vogt

The University of British Columbia is creating a LOOC to help its community members increase and promote their digital literacy skills. Dr. David Vogt Built on the same principles of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a LOOC is for a local audience. In this case, it’s for anyone with a UBC login ID. Why digital literacy matters to UBC “If UBC’s courses are its… Read more »

How University of the People supports students in the developing world

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When Assan was just a young boy living in Uganda, his father died, leaving him to take care of his 25 siblings and his father’s three wives. His family was very poor, and life was a struggle. Assan managed to graduate from high school, which made him the most educated person in his family. Continuing his studies, however, just wasn’t possible as tuition for a… Read more »

Open Textbook pioneer saves students thousands in textbook costs

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Dr. Takashi Sato

Remember the days of trudging across campus, lugging a fifty pound backpack crammed with an assortment of enormous (and expensive) textbooks? For 60 lucky Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, those backpacks are a little lighter while their wallets are substantially fatter thanks to the BCcampus Open Textbook project and intrepid physics professor, Dr. Takashi Sato. Dr. Takashi Sato Last year, Dr. Sato was approached by BCcampus… Read more »

Truth and reconciliation through art

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Buffalo Boy Mask on Ayumi Goto

Last month, while the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) hearings were taking place in Vancouver, a group of artists in Kamloops was telling its own story about residential schools—through art. The exhibit was the final piece of the “Art + Reconciliation” MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which took place from July 15 to Sept. 30, 2013 at Thompson Rivers University. Since its inception in 2008,… Read more »

Important Questions About OER for COHERE 2013

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David Porter stands behind the power and potential of Open Education Resources (OER). At the same time, BCcampus’ executive director acknowledges there are important issues that need to be examined in order to find the resonant value of OER.  Like most innovative concepts, he believes OER raises as many questions as it answers. In the era of ‘open everything’ – admissions, courses, curriculum, research, software,… Read more »

A Renovated Website for BCcampus

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You’ve noticed our site looks quite different today, but the cosmetic changes are only part of the story. Behind the curtains, we’ve switched all our content from the Silverstripe content management system to WordPress. This decision made a great deal of sense, given Vancouver (where our head office is located) is also the hometown of WordPress. That means there are scores of developers right here… Read more »

Print on Demand Available Soon for Open Textbooks

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Book collage

BCcampus has chosen Simon Fraser University Document Solutions as the print-on-demand provider for the B.C. Open Textbook project. “We had our first meeting this week and hope to have the PoD service up and running by the end of November,” said BCcampus client service manager Clint Lalonde. “It will be in time for faculty and students to order printed copies of textbooks for the January… Read more »

e-Transcript Program Plans to Expand to Vancouver Island

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Official Transcript image

Applying to university or college can be a long, confusing and expensive process. That is especially true when it comes to ordering transcripts and ensuring they are transferred between organizations. That situation is changing, thanks to BCCampus’ electronic transcript transfer pilot program. When it’s complete, every post-secondary institution in the province will adopt a standardized method of issuing transcripts electronically. This method will be secure,… Read more »

Selkirk College Wins High Profile National Distance Learning Contract

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selkirk online courses calendar

For years, Selkirk College has been known in British Columbia for its picturesque campuses and intimate classroom settings. Rhys Andrews However, the historic West Kootenay institution recently captured the national spotlight after being selected to deliver a prestigious, Canada-wide online pharmacy technician bridging program. The agreement between Selkirk College and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) will allow current pharmacy technicians to upgrade… Read more »

5 Questions with Dr. David Try: His Evolution of Online Learning

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Dr. David Try is an instructor at Northwest Community College and is also its coordinator of business administration. Dr. David Try 1.Can you give us a bit of insight into how your thinking about online learning has evolved?  I first taught an online course in 2005, and was frankly unimpressed with the results. Naively, I thought that online teaching was basically a simple technological expansion… Read more »