Announcing BCcampus’ 2018 Open Education Grant recipients

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BCcampus’ Open Education Grants program is supported by both the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and the Hewlett Foundation. The grants are intended to achieve the following strategic goals of the BCcampus Open Education team: Increase access to higher education Improve student learning outcomes Increase flexible teaching and learning options for educators Post by Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education This year, BCcampus… Read more »


B.C. is Open… for Education

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Highlighting the newest homegrown open textbooks and open educational resources (OER) from B.C. faculty and staff. Post by Lauri Aesoph, Manager, Open Education Open textbooks Greek and Latin Roots: Part I Latin – UVic Greek and Latin Roots: Part II Greek – UVic Introduction to Criminal Investigation– JIBC Culinary Arts (9 books) – BC Cook Articulation Committee Mastering Strategic Management-1st Canadian Edition– CotR, NWCC Other OER… Read more »


And the winner is… Diane Purvey

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We are delighted to announce Diane Purvey, Dean of Arts, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), as the newest recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education. Other honourees include Irwin DeVries, Tara Robertson, Christina Hendricks, Tannis Morgan, and Inba Kehoe. Post by Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education The project of “opening” higher education takes place at many levels in the post-secondary institution. Very often… Read more »


Open Education Stories: Learning Between the Lines with OER

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In 2017, Sanja Boskovic, Associate Dean, Aerospace Technology Campus, and Serhat Beyenir Instructor, Power Engineering, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) developed an openly licensed lab manual as a way to bridge the conceptual and the technical in Power Engineering and improve student learning and engagement. Post by Lucas Wright, Open Education Advisor, BCcampus Sanja and Serhat teach courses at BCIT that prepare… Read more »


Introducing the 2018/19 Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellows

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BCcampus welcomes four Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellows who will help raise awareness of open educational practices and resources throughout 2018-2019. Post by Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education, BCcampus These four fellows are true academic leaders, committed to improving the student learning experience through the use of OER and Open Educational Practices and who are eager to share their experiences with colleagues and… Read more »


Pressbooks Major Release Scheduled: March 15-16

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Great news! Pressbooks has been making changes to the interface and functionality based on your feedback. The major release is scheduled for later this month. Here’s a heads up of the changes that are on the way. Post by Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education Most of the improvements are under the hood. However, there are a few big changes we would like to call… Read more »


Zed Creds are zooming ahead in B.C.

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It’s been nearly six months since the kick-off meeting for the 2017 BCcampus Open Education Zed Cred Grant recipients and tremendous progress has been made. Here’s a quick update on some of the milestones that have been reached thus far. Post by Krista Lambert, Open Education Advisor, BCcampus At Thompson Rivers University (TRU), an inventory to identify existing face-to-face and online courses using open educational… Read more »


Award for Excellence in Open Education – Christina Hendricks

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It is with great pleasure that BCcampus announces the newest recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education, Christina Hendricks, Professor of Teaching in the Philosophy Department at the University of British Columbia. Post by Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education, BCcampus A well-known Professor of Teaching in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Christina is also the Deputy Academic Director of the… Read more »


BCcampus Honoured with SPARC Innovator Award

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PRESS RELEASE Washington, DC – As enthusiasm for Open grows in British Columbia, those wondering why it has taken off so strongly here need to look no further than BCcampus. BCcampus is a Canadian government agency that works with post-secondary institutions to help adapt teaching and learning practices to best serve students. In 2012, it launched the BC Open Textbook Project and has since become a… Read more »


Open Education Stories: Improving access and affordability for students at the Justice Institute

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The is our third video, in our series which aims to share stories of how open education is transforming teaching and learning across B.C.’s post-secondary sector and making education more accessible for all learners. Post by Lucas Wright, Advisor, Open Education In the first video, Dr. Jennifer Barker, a Biology instructor at Douglas College, shared how she is helping to remove barriers to education. In… Read more »