Welcome to Open Education Week

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If there’s one word we’d like used to describe BCcampus, one word that underpins everything we do, that signals our philosophy and our very reason for being, it’s this: OPEN So – welcome to Open Education Week. At BCcampus, we’re celebrating by highlighting, in the next few days, the myriad ways we live, work and breathe Open here at BCcampus. We’ve started by posting our… Read more »


Intellectual Property, Internet and Higher Ed in BC

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Paul Stacey has compiled some good resources on the recent debate around two bills in the United States in his latest blog post: “The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). SOPA is intended to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. PIPA is intended to give the US government and copyright holders tools to curb access to… Read more »


2011 The Year of Open

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The “open” space is expanding. 2011 has been a watershed year with open gaining traction and acceptance. Governments in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.S. have all adopted Creative Commons licenses to communicate broad reuse rights to the content, data, and educational materials they create. By doing so these national governments are seeking to: promote creative and innovative activities, which will deliver social and… Read more »


Over 800 new resources added to SOLR

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During the past few weeks we’ve seen a couple of bulk imports add to the number of resources available to BC educators for free in SOL*R. The first set is over 500 resources developed by C2T2 and system partners (referred to in the past as the C2T2 Electronic Curriculum Collection) that are now available under a BC Commons license to any BC educator. These span a host of… Read more »


10 ways to enhance online conference participation

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At BCcampus we always attempt to offer some kind of experience for individuals or groups who are unable to attend meetings and events in person. Sometimes this is simply a shared recording of one or more selected presentations. Other times we live stream, but don’t plan for other ways to engage the online participants. Occasionally the engagement just happens, initiated by participants through twitter. The… Read more »


Renewing our focus on open thinking

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With an inspiring speech by Sir John Daniel, CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, the BCcampus Opening Education event kicked off on Monday, October 17 at the wonderful a Simon Fraser University Centre for the Arts. As a prelude to Open Access Week, BCcampus and partners invited higher education institutional participants to a special event exploring the ways in which Open Access and Open Educational… Read more »


Three ways to promote a collaborative future in BC higher education

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BCcampus Executive Director David Porter met with B.C. College Presidents and was asked the question: “What advice could I give to institutional Presidents to advance a more collaborative future in BC higher education?” Here were his answers: Encourage opening data as a standard practice, including asking registrars and senior administrative staff to work with BCcampus to make systemic data more accessible for mashups by students,… Read more »


This may be the year…

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This may be the year… The stars are aligning in interesting ways to start this academic year. It will certainly be a year of big challenges. And with those challenges will come the potential for breakthrough risk :: reward scenarios. One of the challenges alluded to by the tweet copied above will be how institutions and instructors manage access to published educational resources for their… Read more »


Sharing the open message in Malaysia

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In May 2011 I had a wonderful opportunity to join colleagues in Asia at a capacity-building workshop on open educational resources (OER) at Wawasan Open University (WOU) in Penang, Malaysia. In Malaysia, like everywhere I’ve visited in Asia recently, the economy seems to be booming, with more and more Malaysian citizens seeking to upgrade their skills and accreditation by taking advanced studies, many through open… Read more »


Creative Commons Talks With BCcampus

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Creative Commons recently contacted me at BCcampus for a dialogue around our approach to open education and the policy aspects of that approach. In addition to speaking about BCcampus involvement and support for Open Educational Resources (OER) I was invited to offer up recommendations for what Creative Commons should do to further support OER and to imagine the future of OER. You can read the… Read more »