Supporting the Indigenization of higher education in B.C.

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Starting this spring, BCcampus on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education will begin the facilitation of the system-wide Indigenization of Curriculum and Cultural Awareness training project (ICCAT) for post-secondary institutions across British Columbia. The project will support the development of open educational resources that will be accessible to faculty and staff at all post-secondary institutions so that they can be better prepared to meet… Read more »

SFU’s Flexible Education Task Force seeks community input

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Over the past two years senior math lecturer Jamie Mulholland has been experimenting with a ‘flipped classroom’ teaching approach. His calculus students watch lectures on his YouTube channel and then spend classroom time solving problems with his help. Flipped classrooms are just one example of flexible education, and SFU’s Task Force on Flexible Education (TFFE) is looking for more examples, more ideas and more engagement with students… Read more »

The 2014 Horizon report: how does BC stack up?

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The 2014 Horizon Report came out in February – how does the B.C. Post-secondary system stack up? Short answer: it depends. We’re leaders in blended and flexible learning, we’re probably falling behind on data-driven policy, but when it comes to innovation, we’re far ahead of the curve. The Report pays some attention to the potential of Open Educational Resources, but in general the Report panelists still… Read more »

5 Questions with Brian Lamb about technology, student engagement and blended learning

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Brian Lamb is the Director, Innovation Open Learning at Thompson Rivers University. He shares his experiences working at the intersection of teaching and learning support and student engagement and retention.  Can you give us a snapshot of Thompson Rivers University’s Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation? One thing that is unique about TRU’s Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation is suggested by its… Read more »

5 questions with Vivian Forssman on the changing nature of teaching and learning centres

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Vivian Forssman is Director, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies at Royal Roads University. She shares her insights about the CTET and how her team is helping to shape the social and experiential learning of the university. 1. Can you give us a snapshot of the Centre? Our goal in the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET) is to empower and enable faculty to… Read more »

5 Questions with Dr. Valerie Irvine – UVic TIE Research Lab

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Dr. Valerie Irvine

Dr. Valerie Irvine is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria.  Dr. Irvine is also the co-founder and co-director of the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab, which conducts extensive research into numerous e-learning innovations. Dr. Valerie Irvine When did you first become interested in educational technology? I’ve been interested in connectedness and social justice… Read more »

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello MOOCs?

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Is massive online learning replacing the simple textbook? We at BCcampus think there is a bright future for Open Textbooks, and Thompson Rivers University economics prof Dr. Panagiotis (Peter) Tsigaris isn’t using expensive traditional textbooks in his introductory classes anymore. Instead, he’s turning students on to open educational resources and MOOCs. Dr. Peter Tsigaris MOOCs stands for Massive Open Online Courses. They’re free, open to everyone,… Read more »

Blended Learning: promising innovative practice requires strategic approach

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Blended learning is a promising approach with the potential to transform Canadian higher education. To realize its full potential, it now requires strategy, resources and better integration with institutional goals. That’s the conclusion of the Innovative Practices Research Project, prepared by the Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research (COHERE) published in 2010. The report, funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, (HRSDC) explores the… Read more »