Creating connections at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference in June

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A quick look at the upcoming Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference, scheduled for June in Vancouver, B.C. Hosted by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, the 35th annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference in Vancouver is bringing together over 500 participants in June, providing educators throughout the province and across the country the… Read more »


BC-TLC new Executive looks forward to its 2015 inaugural year

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Just one year after initially exploring the possibilities of greater collaboration and resource sharing through the formation of a group of leaders, the British Columbia Teaching and Learning Council (BC-TLC) Executive will hold its first General Meeting early this June. In March 2015, a call for nominations went out to the BC-TLC membership. Responses indicated an election was unnecessary and the following individuals were elected… Read more »


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Study of the Environment at SFU

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Simon Fraser University’s new Bachelor of Environment degree employs an interdisciplinary approach to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of environmental concerns through integrated curriculum, experiential learning courses, and a holistic, ecological perspective Simon Fraser University has recently begun offering a Bachelor of Environment degree (BEnv), the first new undergraduate credential offered by the institution since 1992. The new BEnv programs were designed through the… Read more »


Creating a foundation of competency for critical trades in B.C.

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BCcampus is working with Camosun College, the Open School of B.C., and the Industry Training Authority to create resources for trades training specialties identified by the B.C. government as “critical” sectors The B.C. Open Textbook project creates openly licensed textbooks to help make higher education more accessible by reducing the student cost, but that’s only part of the project. We are also ensuring open textbooks… Read more »


BCcampus white paper explores disruptive innovation within trades training in B.C.

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A new white paper authored by BCcampus examines the advantages and challenges within Competency-Based Education as it applies to trades training BCcampus’ Michelle Glubke, Manager, Collaborative Services, and Lawrence Parisotto, Director, Collaborative Programs and Services have recently released a comprehensive white paper to bring attention to the opportunities within flexible learning models for trades training in B.C. The research explores the use of Competency-Based Education… Read more »


The need for tools in Competency-Based Education

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Implementing, delivering, and assessing Competency-Based Education programs requires new processes and technology tools to be effective and accepted. This is the second in a three-part series that looks at how new developments in competency-based education (CBE) are being explored by BCcampus. The initial article considered competency-based education as a delivery model and the BCcampus ‘Competency to Credential’ approach, and the third will provide an update… Read more »


Building better curriculum through Universal Design for Learning

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In the recent Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice, Dr. Maureen Wideman presented a case study that explored the application of Universal Design for Learning on a technology-enhanced health sciences program During the recent Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice, Dr. Maureen Wideman presented a recently published paper, co-authored with Kari Kumar of the University of Manitoba, that focused… Read more »


BCIC chooses BCcampus to build a virtual accelerator program for aspiring entrepreneurs

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BCcampus and BCIC are working together to strengthen BCIC’s network of talent, partners, and resources throughout the province, guiding technology entrepreneurs and innovators from start-up to success by way of a comprehensive virtual accelerator program. When the B.C. Innovation Council (BCIC) needed a vehicle to help drive economic development and job creation within the province, they felt a partnership with BCcampus would help bring opportunities… Read more »


The “Great Psychology Test Bank Sprint” offers new OER for instructors

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Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

B.C. now has its first psychology open test bank to complement our existing psychology open textbooks: 851 questions on 15 topics, created over two days by a dedicated team of instructors. In June, BCcampus hosted its first ever textbook sprint that saw a geography open textbook written in just four days. The event was such a success that BCcampus decided to do it again. In July, BCcampus,… Read more »


A challenge for educators: delve deeper into teaching and learning inquiry

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What does it look like when educators ask deeper questions about teaching and learning practice in higher education? How does one go about stepping back from the everyday, and investigate the fundamental building blocks of academic instruction? BCcampus is hosting a symposium in November to answer those questions: the Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice.  “The catalyst for this conference is –… Read more »