Student services update: Douglas College signs up for ApplyBC full service, and TranscriptsBC shares 12,000th electronic transcript.

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Two BCcampus projects continue to excel, with engagement and collaboration between local institutions increasing transactions and usage of TranscriptsBC, and the ApplyBC team adding Douglas College to the growing list of full service institutions. ApplyBC The ApplyBC team welcomes Douglas College to the full service platform of the online application, having recently completed the move from the institutionally-hosted Banner web application to the ApplyBC full… 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 »

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 »

ApplyBC Student Survey 2014 – The Results

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Would-be post-secondary students appreciate the convenience of ApplyBC, but their application experience could be even better, according to our latest user survey. Recently we conducted an online survey to gain a better understanding of how our audience uses the ApplyBC online application. The respondents provided us with useful feedback on the changes we implemented in 2013, and offered suggestions as to how we can improve… Read more »

TranscriptsBC transfers 10,000+ electronic records

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TranscriptsBC has reached a major milestone, exchanging 10,318 electronic transcripts amongst exchange partners between January 2012 and January 2014. Instead of waiting for printed documents to arrive via land mail, thousands of students have had their official records transferred via secure servers – quickly and safely – between the institutions participating in the project. This achievement was only possible through the ongoing participation, commitment, and… Read more »

The BC2ON transcript exchange project goes live January 23

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Last November, we highlighted this made-in-Canada transcript exchange project on our BCcampus blog. Now we are pleased to report the project has gone live. The BC2ON transcript exchange project is a project by BCcampus and the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) developed to send electronic transcripts using the new transcript data standards from B.C. to Ontario through Canada. This project will enable British Columbia student… Read more »

ApplyBC Update: a roadmap for 2014 and phasing out SIN collection

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BCcampus recently posted the ApplyBC 2014-2016 Roadmap to share the direction we have for our online application program, and we’d like to hear what our stakeholders have to say. Our goal is to improve the user experience while expanding our ability to better serve the needs of institutions. The ApplyBC application service underwent a modernization project in 2013, with a goal of providing a seamless… Read more »

5 Questions with Gilbert Fung: BCcampus co-op student

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BCcampus has hired quite a few co-op students over the years. When they end their stay with us, we ask for their thoughts on their time working for BCcampus. Gilbert Fung is a student in the Interactive Arts program at Simon Fraser University; his term ended in December 2013. Gilbert Fung What were your general impressions of your work term? Although it was a brief… Read more »

e-Transcript Program Plans to Expand to Vancouver Island

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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 »

Student Services Survey Results

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Purpose of the Survey The Student Services Survey was conducted by BCcampus in order to understand what kinds of issues post-secondary students are having with the current student services and to find out how BCcampus can better help these students. Duration and Respondents The survey ran for 18 days in April 2013, and was published by email, on course homepages, and on Social Networks. The… Read more »