As the learning environment in British Columbia evolves to meet the needs of the province’s students, institutions, and educators, so too have the activities of BCcampus. We have been involved in a substantial number of projects and initiatives designed to improve the learning infrastructure, and while some of the programs have come to an end, we want to continue to share the learning opportunities they delivered.
Online Program Development Fund
Our Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) was the genesis for many OER projects, and between 2003 and 2012, we saw 153 grants awarded with 100% participation across the provincial post-secondary system. In total, 362 course, 12 workshops, 20 websites, and 425 course components were developed through this program. The projects are all openly licensed, meaning they can be shared and reused by educators within B.C.’s public post-secondary system, and can be found on the BCcampus Shareable Online Learning Resources repository (SOL*R).
Between 2003 and 2011/12, there were nine consecutive annual rounds of the Online Program Development Fund, representing a total investment of $9.5 million.
The main outcomes were:
- 153 grants awarded
- 100% participation across the post-secondary system
- 84% partnerships – mostly inter-institutional, but also with K-12, health authorities, not-for-profits, professional associations, e-learning companies, First Nations, and foundations, amongst others
- 48 credentials developed in whole or part
- 362 courses, 12 workshops, 20 web sites/tools, and 425 course components (learning objects, labs, textbooks, manuals, videos) developed across almost all academic fields of study
- 100% licensed for open free sharing and reuse by post-secondary institutions
- All developed resources are digital, intended for 100% online delivery primarily through course management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn. While developed for 100% online uses, resources are used to support blended and face-to-face delivery, too
Information and Communication Technology Collaborative Program (ICT)
The Information and Technology Communications (ICT) online collaborative program was a joint venture between west coast colleges: College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, and Yukon College. This program features a selection of courses from the supporting institutions and is delivered entirely online, providing students with recognized credentials, improved access, and a flexible schedule.
In January 2016, the ICT program pivoted from a collaboration to a partnership between two institutions, based on decreased demand for the collaborative composition.
Care Management Strategy online resources
The purpose of this project was to develop two open educational resources to be used by post-secondary institutions and health authorities in education and training on care management. The first resource is an online Transformational Module illustrating the shift to a care management approach in home health care settings. The second resource is an inventory of existing learning materials that addresses identified learning outcomes for education and training in care management.
Health Care Assistant Curriculum Guide Revisions
A steering committee with representation from ministries, post-secondary institutions, health authorities and agencies, was used to identify and implement revisions to the 2008 version of the provincial curriculum guide to reflect the provincial competency profile as it was envisioned for 2014. The resources created include the 2015 Health Care Assistant Provincial Curriculum Guide and Supplement.
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