Celebrating Open Education Week 2017

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This week, the world is celebrating Open Education Week (OEW)! And so are we! OEW is an annual event that celebrates the open education movement. Since its inception in 2012, this celebration has grown into a truly global movement, and now counts with contributions from nearly 50 different countries and attracts hundreds of participants, from over 130 countries. Coordinated by the Open Education Consortium, OEW… Read more »

The Continuum of Openness: Highlighting the RRU MALAT program

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Academia is full of acronyms, as we’re sure you all know, and you’re probably wondering what the RRU MALAT program is all about so let us introduce you to the Royal Roads University Master of Arts in Learning and Technology (RRU MALAT) program. Over the past 2 years, this program has undergone a significant redesign including extensive consultations with various stakeholder groups. A core value… Read more »

New Study: Exploring Faculty Use of OER at BC Institutions

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How do faculty in British Columbia use Open Educational Resources (OER)? What are some of the ways in which they are using OER, and what are some of the barriers they face when using OER? A new research paper published today by BCcampus looks at these questions. Led by the 2015 BC Open Textbook Faculty Fellows (Rajiv S. Jhangiani, Ph.D., KPU, Christina Hendricks, Ph.D., UBC… Read more »

Manitoba launches Open Textbook Project

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Earlier this fall, the government of Manitoba announced a post-secondary open textbook initiative for the province of Manitoba. BCcampus has been working with our colleagues at Campus Manitoba to launch an open textbook project in Manitoba. The Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative launched on September 29, 2015. The goal of the Manitoba project is to gather 25 reviews of existing open textbooks from qualified Manitoba post-secondary faculty…. Read more »

Effectiveness of Open Educational Resources

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John Hilton III is one of the leading researchers in the area of efficacy of open educational resources (which includes open textbooks). Recently, John has been gathering empirical research on the efficacy of open educational resources compared to traditional publishers resources and publishing the studies at the Open Education Group website. On May 5th, the Right to Research Coalition sponsored a webinar with John where… Read more »

Calculating Student Savings

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  We are revising the way we calculate student savings for the project to better reflect what we know about student textbook buying habits. Instead of reporting a single value for student savings, we are instead providing a range of student savings for British Columbia students as a result of a faculty adoption of an open textbook. How we used to calculate students savings We have… Read more »

How Students Can Advocate for Open Textbooks

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As a student at Vancouver Island University, Katelyn McDougall knows about the stress of rising textbook costs. As a newly appointed member of the BCcampus open textbook subcommittee, she’s doing something about it. The recent sociology and geography graduate is bringing a student perspective to open textbook implementation processes, and says she feels honoured to be fighting for “better, more accessible post-secondary education.” McDougall is… Read more »

The Impact of Open Practices

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At the spring meeting of  University College and Institute Professional Developers (UCIPD) hosted by University of Victoria’s Learning and Teaching Centre, Karen Belfer shared a story that exemplifies the impact of community of practice engagement and open practices. Karen is Dean of the Centre for Instructional Development at Vancouver Community College. She attended the fall workshop of the Educational Technology Users Group in Vancouver where Mary… Read more »

Open Professional Learning at BCcampus

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The announcement for Open Education Week in 2011 brought about a flurry of activity. There are so many excellent learning opportunities thanks to educators willing to share their expertise and resources. This prompted some reflection among BCcampus staff on how we have walked the talk when it comes to OPEN professional learning. Here is a summary. SCoPE For the past 7 1/2 years, the SCoPE… Read more »