Various reports and white papers, authored by BCcampus.

Festival of Learning 2016 – Final Event Brief
Posted Sept. 13, 2016
This is a brief summary of selected highlights from the Festival of Learning, held June 6-9, 2016. Its purpose is to provide an update to stakeholders and share proposed next steps.

B.C. Faculty Use of OER – PDF document | Word document
Posted Jan. 15, 2016
This research examines the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) by post-secondary faculty in British Columbia, including their motivations and perceptions, as well as what factors help to enable or act as challenges for OER use and adaptation.

What’s out there on Adaptive Learning
Posted June 4, 2015
Michelle Glubke, Manager, Collaborative Services at BCcampus, has provided summaries of some of the available resources to stimulate discussion and access the opportunities ahead of us within the context of adaptive learning.

Competency to Credential: An Alternative Model for Flexible Learning in Trades Training in British Columbia and Beyond
Date posted: Jan. 30, 2015 (update Feb. 23, 2015)

A new white paper authored by BCcampus examines the advantages and challenges within Competency-Based Education as it applies to trades training.

BCcampus Professional Learning Framework
Date posted: Nov. 27, 2013

This report outlines the framework for the promotion, development, and sharing of educational resources and professional expertise across the B.C post-secondary sector.

Campus-based Educational Development and Professional Learning
Date posted: Nov. 27, 2013
This report summarizes the purposes and outcomes of campus-based educational development and professional learning. Twenty-one British Columbia colleges, institutes and universities contributed to a study of teaching and learning enhancement structures, practices and directions.

Recommendations to the Shared Service Task Force 2005
Date posted: Sept. 11, 2013
At BCcampus we pioneered shared educational technology services in higher education, starting with a Shared Services Task Force in 2005. This report outlined opportunities and barriers to providing educational services across B.C. post-secondary institutions.

2013 LMS Landscape Chart
Date posted: June 4, 2013
A chart of the participation of B.C. institutions in Learning Management Systems offered by BCcampus as of May, 2013.

2013 Collaborative Programs, Services and Projects Report
Date posted: June 4, 2013
A chart of the participation of B.C. institutions in Collaborative Programs, Services and Projects serviced by BCcampus as of May, 2013.

2013 Shared Services Report
Date posted: June 4, 2013
The twenty five B.C. public post-secondary institutions independently choose which of the BCcampus educational application shared services they wish to participate in, as of May, 2013. The Shared Services Report shows a table depicting which institutions are participating in which shared services.

WebService Security White Paper
Date posted: April 3, 2013
This document describes the process of setting up a secure WebService communications channel using WS-Security extensions to the SOAP protocol. The paper provides a practical solution to the configuration and deployment of the BCcampus Connector system, but the concepts and examples should be applicable to any WebService application that requires a high level of security.

BCcampus 2012 Annual Report
Date posted: 19 November 2012
A report on the activites of BCcampus in 2012.

2012 Alberta-British Columbia Managing Online Learning Survey
Date posted: 19 November 2012
Public post-secondary institutions across Alberta and British Columbia are making online learning a crucial piece of their long-term strategies, according to a new baseline survey. The results also suggest that colleges, institutes, and universities are committed to building quality into all online learning experiences. Managing that process continues to be a challenge.

Shared Services Report
Date Posted: June 4, 2012
The twenty five B.C. public post-secondary institutions independently choose which of the BCcampus educational application shared services they wish to participate in. The Shared Services Report shows a table depicting which institutions are participating in which shared services.

LMS landscape
Date Posted: June 4, 2012
A chart of the participation of B.C. institutions in Learning Management Systems offered by BCcampus.

Collaborative Programs Report
Date Posted: June 4, 2012
A chart of the participation of B.C. institutions in Collaborative Programs serviced by BCcampus.

Open Textbook Workshop Pilot Report
Date Posted: April 23, 2012
BCcampus is supporting the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Collaborative Online Program in testing the open textbook waters with a pilot project. This report summarizes the findings from the initial workshop.

Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey report
Date Posted: March 2, 2012
This year’s Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey tells us that BCcampus is generally well regarded in British Columbia’s higher education sector. However, there were more “neutral” and fewer “satisfactory” responses among our stakeholders than expected. With a 60 per cent approval rating overall, there is ample room to build on goodwill already found within segments of our stakeholders and clients.

Stakeholder Survey Results
Date Posted: March 2, 2012
Raw results of the BCcampus 2012 stakeholder satisfaction survey, including comments that do not identify the respondents. Redacted comments are indicated.

Privacy and Cloud-Based Educational Technology in British Columbia
Date posted: March 24, 2011
Abstract: Seeking a balance between the risks and benefits of using social media and cloud-based technology, B.C. post-secondary institutions have approached this issue in a diversity of ways. All have one thing in common: the need for clarity around what is or is not aligned with B.C.’s privacy legislation.

Privacy Guide for Faculty Using 3rd Party Web Technology (Social Media)in Public Post-­Secondary Courses
Date posted March 28, 2011
A Vancouver Island University Publication Produced with the Support of BCcampus February 2011.

Summary Media Servers Report
Date Posted: April 8, 2010
Abstract: BCcampus has investigated possibilities for a YouTube-like service for educational content in B.C. Students are learning from their textbooks, in the classroom and the lab, but they’re not getting all their coursework done by traditional means. With information gathering trending towards participatory media and social software (like YouTube and Blip.tv) students and instructors are increasingly using content generated by their peers and others as formal requirements to completing their courses. There is a concern that, because of the implications of the Patriot Act, these U.S.-based services may not comply with of B.C.’s Privacy legislation if used in the context of formal academic work.

BC Learning Gateway Concept Paper
Date posted: February 1, 2008
Abstract: The Campus 2020 report proposed a BC learning gateway as a means to unify higher-education information and services. The goal is to make it easier for students to access services, learning resources and the credentials needed to enroll, study, and succeed in the post-secondary system. The BC Learning Gateway concept paper is the BCcampus response to Campus 2020 recommendations #18 and #52.

Creating a Sustainable Online Consortium report
Date Posted : September 26, 2006
Abstract: High-quality, accessible education and lifelong learning are cornerstones of the quality of life that Canadians have come to expect. Being able to access the growing number of educational options online has also become increasingly important to students in all stages of their educational and career development. To meet this need BCcampus was created in 2002. This online educational portal connects students through a single secure sign-on process to higher education resources offered by all British Columbia public post-secondary institutions. BCcampus facilitates online access to the provincial online application service (PASBC), program and course information, registration services, course delivery services, library services, and other student services. It also provides educators with access to communities of practice and a repository of reusable instructional resources ( http://solr.bccampus.ca SOL*R webpage ). This paper documents the BCcampus development process and its strategy for sustainability.

Open for Innovation
Date Posted: October 17, 2006
Abstract: Open initiatives in higher education have crystallized around three major areas of activity: the creation of open software and development tools, the creation and provision of open course content, and the development of standards and licensing tools. We have adopted and adapted “open” concepts and methods as a strategy for building a sustainable approach to the development and use of online learning resources for our public post-secondary sector.