A

Applied Business Technology (ABT) – A collaborative online program offered by 14 BC public post-secondary institutions that gives students knowledge and skills for entry-level office positions as well as preparing them for additional education in business-related programs.

Apprenticeship – an individual who is registered with the Industry Training Authority to obtain skills and training for professional certification in a chosen trade (i.e; automotive repair, carpentry, electrician, etc…) An apprentice works with a sponsor (a certified tradesperson) to complete on-the-job training, technical training, other program requirements and exams. The sponsor must report progress on course requirements. Apprentices typically attend an approved educational institution for a period of time to learn technical skills about their trade.

Applied Research – Research that applies to the entire public-post secondary system and is targeted to build new knowledge about instructional technologies.

ApplyBC – ApplyBC is an online tool that allows students across the province apply to any of the province’s post-secondary institutions. ApplyBC collects the applicant’s basic personal information and submits it to institutions of the applicant’s choice, beginning the application process. Each year, ApplyBC helps more than 100,000 prospective students apply to their chosen institution. This BCcampus service offers the post-secondary system an efficient infrastructure for processing student data. With it, we can help institutions reduce some of the costs involved in the application process.

C

Common Form – The common form is the first step in the PASBC application process and allows learners to store personal information in a secure manner so that they can access it again in the future.

Collaborative Community Networks – Online networks that form discussion communities and work towards a common purpose, share curriculum materials, ideas and professional development or other learning resources, i.e.; Mental Health BCcampus Project, Campus Climate Network, Learn Together Collaboratory

D

Online Distance Learning – Independent study conducted online and supplemented with instructional guidance, mentors, interactive media, online discussion groups, video, and electronic course curriculum and materials.

Digital Course Resources – Course curriculum, materials and resources that have been transferred to a digital or online environment and are accompanied by interactive media, video, audio feeds, etc…to enhance the learner experience.

E

Educational Technology – applies to the development, application, and evaluation of systems and techniques for improving the process of human learning. Educational technology includes but is not limited software, hardware, and internet applications and activities.

Ed-Tech – abbreviation for Educational Technology

Enrolment Management – is a crucial element of planning for new growth at a university or college as it concerns both academic program growth and facilities needs. Enrolment management focuses on what is best for students’ success while increasing enrollment numbers and stabilizing institutional revenues. A student’s success, according to an enrollment manager, is often based on the institution’s graduation and retention rates.

F

Flexible Learning – Flexible learning (FL) is an option that provides learners with better access and response to their unique learning needs. Flexible learning means a learner may be at a distance from, but supported, instructed or mentored by, the instructor and teaching institution for some of his/her education and training.

I

Information Communication Technology program – ICT is a collaborative partnership between College of New Caledonia, Northern Lights College, Northwest Community College and Yukon college to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the theoretical and applied uses of information technology in various business applications. The program prepares students to enter the information technology (IT) workforce as computer system support analysts (technical or applications), network administrators, or software developers.

Institutions – Refers to BC’s public post-secondary universities, colleges and technical institutions for higher education.

Interactive Information Systems – Refers to electronic information systems that are dynamic and interact with one another to achieve a specific educational goal, i.e; secure transmition of student information and data between institutions around the province.

L

Learning Management Systems – (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-learning programs, and training content.

LMSs range from systems for managing training and educational records, to software for distributing courses over the Internet with features for online collaboration. Student self-service (e.g., self-registration on instructor-led training), training workflow (e.g., user notification, manager approval, wait-list management), the provision of on-line learning (e.g.,computer based training , read & understand), on-line assessment, management of continuous professional education (CPE),collaborative education (e.g., application sharing, discussion threads), and training resource management (e.g., instructors, facilities, equipment), are dimensions to Learning Management Systems.

N

Northern Collaborative for Information Technology (NCIT) – see ICT

O

Online Communities – is a social network of individuals who connect through specific online media. These people potentially cross geographical and political boundaries in order to pursue mutual interests or goals. With regard to BCcampus this refers to several online communities sponsored by the agency to promote distance learning, e-learning, educational technology and professional development.

Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) – Annual Advanced Education and Labour Market Development government funding provided to BCcampus for an Online Program Development Fund program that allocates grants to BC public post-secondary institutions who partner on development of credit-based online learning resources.

Open Educational Resources – Open educational resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.

Open Source Software – is computer software for which the source code, and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders, are provided under a software license that is in the public domain. This permits users to use, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified forms. It is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner. Open-source software is the most prominent example of open-source development and often compared to user-generated content.

OpenCourseWare – or OCW, is a term applied to course materials in a virtual learning environment created by universities and shared freely with the world via the internet. an OCW project:

  • is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses.
  • is available for use and adaptation under an open license, such as a Creative Commons license.
  • does not typically provide certification or access to instructors.

R

RSS Feeds – (most commonly expanded as “Really Simple Syndication”) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works-such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video-in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.

S

Service Delivery Framework – is a set of principles, standards, policies and constraints used to guide the design, development, deployment, operation and retirement of specific services. The framework ensures consistent service delivery and quality control to the user

Service Delivery Technologies: Specific technologies utilized within a service delivery framework.

T

Threaded Discussion Tools: is an electronic discussion (such as one via e-mail, e-mail list, bulletin board, newsgroup, or Internet forum) in which the software aids the user by visually grouping messages. Messages are usually grouped visually in a hierarchy by topic. A set of messages grouped in this way is called a topic thread or simply “thread”.

Transfer Info: Some credit courses transfer to other institutions within BC. If you are transferring to another institution be sure to check which of your credit courses will transfer. Check the BC Transfer Guide.

U

University Transfer: If you are taking your first and/or second year in Arts, Science, Business, Commerce, or Education at a college, your courses are called university transfer courses. The goal is to have all your courses transfer to the university or university college of choice, meeting that university’s or university college’s admission and program requirements.