An award-winning partnership: BCcampus and WITS Bullying Prevention Program

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Chances are that if you have school age children in British Columbia you are likely familiar with the WITS anti-bullying program. The Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help program started out in the early 1990s at Lampson Elementary School in Esquimalt BC. Today, the evidence-based WITS program can now be found in over 500 schools and communities across Canada.  And, the program is… Read more »


Welcome to the wireless, connected school in a pencil box

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Did you know that there’s a system that makes it possible to take an online class, even if you’re in the middle of nowhere with no power or internet access? It’s called the Classroom-Without-Walls, and it’s tiny and inexpensive—small enough to fit in your backpack with a price tag of $120. The Commonwealth of Learning designed the CWW to help post-secondary students in developing countries—where access to… Read more »


Walking the talk: open resources at RRU

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They’re not just talking “open” at Royal Roads University – they’re doing it in a very visible way. Open.royalroads.ca is a one‑stop platform featuring a collection of open resources developed by and for faculty, a software code repository, and space for other shared opportunities. The idea originated with Emma Irwin, a senior systems analyst and web developer at Royal Roads University. But its roots go… Read more »


BCcampus Partner Spotlight: Lambda Solutions

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While BCcampus is known for innovation in connecting British Columbia’s post-secondary institutions, we can’t do it all alone. Rather, we’ve incorporated a very smart business idea: the concept of shared services. Shevy Levy That means we collaborate with other institutions and vendor partners to bring students and educators the latest in technological innovations aimed at higher learning. By putting our heads together and sharing our… Read more »


Virtual Patients Create Real Opportunities for Teaching and Learning at UBC

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Joseph Anthony has an interesting job with the UBC Faculty of Medicine – he facilitates the use of technology for educational purposes in the health professions. It’s a role that has allowed Anthony and other faculty staff to entwine video, drama and education into an array of engaging, interactive computer-based learning experiences focused around virtual patients (VP). For years, health professions students studied paper-based patient… Read more »


Five questions with Cathy Carson: My NVIT and Moodle

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1. How does Moodle support students and faculty at NVIT with the delivery of information and courses? The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is an Ellucian Colleague school and has the Colleague Portal called myNVIT. Moodle is fully integrated with NVIT’s Colleague system and myNVIT Portal. That means that when staff in Enrolment Services create a class section and add a faculty member to that… Read more »


How Vancouver Community College is Maximizing Moodle

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Like most post-secondary institutions across British Columbia, Vancouver Community College (VCC) has long relied on Moodle as a key tool for online learning. Moodle, however, was not being leveraged to its full potential in supporting course delivery. Three years ago, Jason Devisser, department head of VCC’s Automotive Service Technician (AST) program, took giant strides to revolutionize the way Moodle is utilized within a classroom setting… Read more »


Join us at MoodleMoot 2013

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BCcampus, on behalf of the BCcampus Moodle Shared Services Participating Institutions, the British Columbia and Canadian Moodle communities invites you to join us February, 12 -15, 2013 in Vancouver for some west coast openness, collaboration, innovation, and community building. Open source platforms such as Moodle advance through the hard work of motivated users who share their ideas freely. How do we capture the creativity and… Read more »


MoodleMoot 2013 needs presenters

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Deadline for presentations is October 10, 2012 extended until November 10 for the next Canada MoodleMoot, held in February 2013. Whether you have a quick tip to share or a half day workshop in mind, even if you can’t be at the conference in person, the organizing committee wants you to submit your proposal. Open source platforms such as Moodle advance through the hard work of… Read more »


Collaborative Educational Services Update

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We’re in the process of adopting the name Collaborative Educational Services to be inclusive of both educational technology shared services (e.g., Moodle) as well as collaborative programs (e.g., Applied Business Technology) and services (e.g. eTutoring). (Note: we currently refer to these areas as Collaborative Programs and Shared Services.) This note is concerned specifically with the educational technology shared service area though – BCcampus now has 13 collaborative… Read more »