Standing out from the crowd: The UnCommon Women

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Inclusivity and accessibility are values that we keep very close to our hearts at BCcampus, so when we heard about UnCommon Women we were instantly intrigued and wanted to get involved. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team In 2017 Kelsey Merkley, Public Lead at Creative Commons Canada, started UnCommon Women because she saw a gap between the women in senior operations roles and the men in… Read more »

B.C. libraries reshaping Wikipedia for Science Literacy Week

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On September 18, 2017, as part of Wikipedia Edit-a-thons with the goal of giving faculty, students and staff practical experiencing editing and improving Wikipedia by contributing to articles about Canadian scientists. The event is an example of how institutions can work together to teach digital literacy and improve the Internet. Post by Lucas Wright, Advisor, Open Education, BCcampus This is the second Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused… Read more »

eCampusAlberta’s eLearning rubric helps instructors create better online courses

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BCcampus’ Alberta counterpart is sharing a fresh approach to online curriculum development that you can use and adapt for free. It’s eCampusAlberta’s updated eLearning rubric website. When it comes to employing rubrics, many post-secondary instructors use them to assess student learning (e.g. grade papers). However, eCampusAlberta’s eLearning rubric is a bit different. Rather than using it to measure your students’ work, you can evaluate your courses…. Read more »

A great start to 2014: Open Textbook Project saves B.C. students over $50,000

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The numbers are in and BCcampus couldn’t be happier. According to a news release published today by the Ministry of Advanced Education, close to 300 students are saving money on textbooks required for their post-secondary classes. By the numbers: 60 students taking introductory physics at Kwantlen Polytechnic University were assigned an open textbook that replaced a traditional textbook costing $187, for a collective saving of… Read more »

Important Questions About OER for COHERE 2013

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David Porter stands behind the power and potential of Open Education Resources (OER). At the same time, BCcampus’ executive director acknowledges there are important issues that need to be examined in order to find the resonant value of OER.  Like most innovative concepts, he believes OER raises as many questions as it answers. In the era of ‘open everything’ – admissions, courses, curriculum, research, software,… Read more »

Give and take: how an open copyright policy improves post-secondary institutions

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Cable Green, the director of global learning for Creative Commons, believes that publicly funded education materials should be freely and openly available to everyone. He shared his thinking on Open Educational Resources: Sharing, Open Policy and Creative Commons at the 7th annual Walls Optional conference, which took place at Victoria’s Camosun College in May. When work is either in the public domain, or released under an… Read more »

Arts One Digital at UBC: Building Critical Mass

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Arts One Digital was launched at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year as a supplement to the existing Arts One program. UBC’s Arts One began more than forty years ago as an interdisciplinary alternative for first year students blending History, English and Philosophy into one intensive program. In the past decade, half the winners of the Governor General’s Silver Medal for the academically outstanding… Read more »

Open licenses and financial remuneration in education

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Our former colleague Paul Stacey, who is now with Creative Commons, has published a lengthy post: “An Exploration of Open Licenses and Financial Remuneration” today. As usual, the entire post is well worth a read, but in particular he explains the case for Creative Commons licensing in education in a compelling way. Here is an excerpt: There is a natural inclination to think that Creative… Read more »

Paul Stacey moving on to Creative Commons

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One of BCcampus’ first-ever employees is moving on to tackle “open” on a global scale. After eight-plus years with BCcampus, Paul Stacey has accepted a position as a Senior Project Manager with Creative Commons. He will leave quite a legacy of work at BCcampus, as well as some pretty big shoes to fill. Paul joined BCcampus in 2003 as the Director of Development responsible for the annual… Read more »

Re-launch of Creative Commons Canada affiliate network

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Today we’re pleased to announce that Athabasca University, BCcampus, and the Samuelson Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) have joined together to re-establish a CC affiliate team in Canada. All three organizations will take part in the official relaunch at the Creative Commons Salon Ottawa: Open Data event Friday March 30. This is not a new affiliate so much as a re-ignition… Read more »