PASBC to become ApplyBC in June

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It’s official. In June, the Post-Secondary Application Service of BC, fondly known as PASBC, will undergo a name change to simply “ApplyBC.” The name change, which has been under discussion for several years and has received widespread support, was endorsed during the January PASBC Steering Committee meeting. The switch is expected to take place in June, when the service is next updated. We’ve commenced design… Read more »


More on Transcript Exchange service lift-off

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Great news from our institutional transcript exchange implementer, Dean Hiebert: “I am pleased to announce that on Dec 14th, 2010, at precisely 12 PM, the first production XML transcript navigated through the BC campus system from Douglas to Kwantlen. The acknowledgement was immediately generated and gracefully passed back to Douglas College, making the entire transaction complete at 12:01 precisely. We have lift-off!” This is a… Read more »


“Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you”

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The Transcript Exchange project went into production today, albeit as a pilot between Douglas, Kwantlen and SFU. The first transcript was successfully delivered from Douglas to Kwantlen and acknowledged back at noon over BCcampus’ secure and encrypted Enterprise Bus. There is something deeply satisfying when a concrete useful piece of information is transmitted for the first time. We might know all about electricity and bits… Read more »


How users are getting to our student services portal

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Most of the traffic to our BC student services portal is from users planning to apply to one of BC’s post-secondary institutions (PSIs). We recently reviewed Google Analytics (GA) reports for the purpose of determining how users get to these services. Of the nearly 900,000 portal visits during the past year, visits were evenly spilt between directly entering the service URL (primarily pas.bc.ca) and those… Read more »


What’s new with BCcourses?

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The biggest change in 5 years to our online tool for looking up information about credit courses that can be taken at a distance from the public post-secondary institutions is seen in the new launch this week. The search is fast, with as-you-type match display, including the ability to search by course code as well as keywords. An entirely new search mode has been added:… Read more »


Electronic Standards in Higher Education

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I presented BCCampus’ work with B.C.’s Post Secondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) at the international PESC Annual Conference in Los Angeles this past September. This work includes a pilot project to exchange student transcripts electronically between participating B.C. institutions. The presentation was well received and I was asked to join the PESC Technical Advisory Board, which is responsible for updating and maintaining technical specifications, and… Read more »


Why is getting data on BC’s online learning reality so hard?

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The release of this year’s online enrolment report by Sloan Consortium that describes the 21% increase in enrollments in US post-secondary online courses, always begs the question of how does this compare with data from Canada (and specifically, from British Columbia)? Recently, we have been working with the B.C. arts & sciences deans’ group to determine the amount of overlap of related distance/online course offerings… Read more »