CNIE 2014 Keynote Speaker Preview: Audrey Watters, Education Technology Journalist

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The 2014 Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Conference takes place on May 13 – 16 at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. The theme for this year’s conference: Confluences –  Spaces, Place and Cultures for Innovative Learning. Last week, we previewed Brian Lamb. Today we’re shining the spotlight on Audrey Watters who, in her own words, is an education writer, rabble-rouser and recovering academic…. Read more »

Jon Festinger: 5 lessons learned from using UBC’s open publishing platforms

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John Fetzinger

Jon Festinger is a Vancouver, British Columbia based lawyer whose passion for teaching and law grew from his experiences as a lawyer and executive across the spectrum of media, communications, sports and entertainment. Jon is the author of the first edition of “Video Game Law” published by LexisNexis in 2005 and a co-author of the 2nd Edition that was published in 2012. He is also an… Read more »

Spotlight on SFU: EdMedia Protégé Program

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Beginning April 1 right through the beginning of June, the EdMedia team at Simon Fraser University’s Teaching and Learning Centre will get a whole lot busier. That’s when a new cohort of SFU faculty members, who are interested in being better media creators, will immerse themselves in the 10-week blended delivery program. The Teaching and Learning Centre EdMedia team launched the program last year. And,… Read more »

BCcampus and BCNet agree to transfer Blackboard Collaborate shared service

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First there was a Memorandum of Understanding, now there is a master agreement between BCNET and Blackboard Collaborate. For the past several months, BCcampus has been working in partnership with BCNET to transition learning and technology licensing agreements to BCNET. The 2014-2015 Blackboard Collaborate Master Agreement is the first of these agreements that will be transitioned to BCNET. “This agreement is an administrative transfer,” said… 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 »

10 things you need to know right now: productivity apps for instructors and students

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Last month, we told you about our top 10 picks for education and literacy apps. This month, we want to share 10 productivity apps that will make your post-secondary experience a little more fun and a whole lot easier. 1) is the world’s largest online dictionary. It includes features such as voice-activated search and audio pronunciations, example sentences, and word origins. In addition, the entire… Read more »

A Look at the top tools for learning from WCET closing presenter, Jane Hart

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Today’s guest blog is re-posted from WICHE Co-operative for Education Technologies, and is by Jane Hart, who is a world renowned edtech expert, the founder of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (C4LPT), and compiler of Top 100 Tools for Learning lists. WCET is fortunate to have Jane Hart with us at the WCET Annual Meeting in Denver on Friday, November 15th. For the last seven… Read more »

10 Things You need to know right now: education and literacy apps for higher-ed Instructors and students

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Whether you want to increase your productivity or your creativity, there’s lot of help available. Most institutions have learning and teaching centres where you can go for help. In B.C., students can polish their academic writing using Write Away our online tutoring service. We’ve assembled our top ten list of “must have” apps for post-secondary educators and students. Let us know if there are others… Read more »

Study Uncovers Broad Range of B.C. Post-Sec Teaching and Learning Enhancements

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Within the British Columbia higher education system is an array of effective teaching methods, and a new study means the most innovative and successful ones can be shared more widely. Nancy Randall Researcher Nancy Randall is particularly interested in educational development, faculty development and professional learning: post-secondary campus-based activities aimed at enhancing the way teachers teach and learners learn. Four years ago, Randall and a… Read more »

Rubbing the MOOC sore spot or How to Crowdsource a Strategic Plan for Ed Tech

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As part of our evergreen strategic planning process, we consult widely with others in the field of educational technology. We’ve reached out to our international partners to get their take on the challenges and opportunities facing ed tech. The following is recent correspondence between BCcampus’ David Porter, David Kerhohan and Sheila MacNeil (both from JISC, a UK ed tech organization). We thought the conversation was… Read more »