5 Questions with Dr. David Try: His Evolution of Online Learning

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Dr. David Try is an instructor at Northwest Community College and is also its coordinator of business administration. Dr. David Try 1.Can you give us a bit of insight into how your thinking about online learning has evolved?  I first taught an online course in 2005, and was frankly unimpressed with the results. Naively, I thought that online teaching was basically a simple technological expansion… Read more »


OERu 13.10 Meeting of anchor parners

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When 31 October & 1 November 2013 Where Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC Canada. Registration Virtual participants | Face-to-face participants Who OERu anchor partners and interested persons For more information: http://wikieducator.org/OER_university/OERu_13.10_Meeting Aims The purpose of the 2nd meeting of OERu anchor partners is to: Review progress with the implementation of the OERu Discuss and agree the implementation schedule and corresponding key performance indicators for the next 3 years… Read more »


Best of BCcampus – Our Big List of Online Videos and Channels

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Over the summer, we have been highlighting a series of our best and most interesting posts we’ve published this past academic year. We had fun writing them, so we hope you enjoy reading them. For this edition, we’re focusing on online video. We started with YouTube – where over 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. And, over 4 billion hours… Read more »


Best-of-BCcampus blog posts: from hype cycles and technology triggers, to open data and mobile apps

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Over July and August, we’ll be highlighting a series of our best and most interesting posts we’ve published this past academic year. We had fun writing them, so we hope you enjoy reading them. Meet David Wrate, Tannis Morgan and David Kernohan Among our two highest read blog posts this past spring were our five questions with David Wrate and Tannis Morgan. David is the… Read more »


A Quick Snapshot of Our Open Textbook Project

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Phase one of our Open Textbook Review Project is underway. Reviews are due by September 3 and will be posted on our site with their associated textbooks. Here are the highlights: 10 new open texts were posted on the BCcampus website. 60 applications were received to review an open textbook. 17 public and three private institutions are represented. An honorarium of $250 will be provided… Read more »


Open in B.C.: Breaking down barriers through collaboration

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The biggest barrier to open education is a lack of knowledge—we just haven’t marketed it well enough. That’s according to David Porter, the executive director of BCcampus and a long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities. He shared his thoughts about Harnessing the resonant value in open education: Localizing openness and innovation at the 7th annual Walls Optional conference, which took place at Victoria’s Camosun College in May…. 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 »


4 Ways to Grow BC’s Open Educator Community

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Open education—a lofty goal with clear benefits. But if we’re going to get there, we need to find a way to support each other on this journey. Just how to do that was the topic of a recent Education Technology Users Group webinar. These free lunchtime webinars —known as TELLs (Tuesdays with the ETUG Lunch n’ Learn)—occur monthly and are open to the public. May’s TELL session… Read more »


A Busy Productive Spring for the Open Textbook Project

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Of Meetings, Partnerships and Workshops Phase 1 of the Open Textbook Review is underway. Find out what’s next on the horizon for the BCcampus Open Textbook project team: APRIL For two days in early April, BCcampus hosted the Open Textbook Summit at the SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. The summit brought together representatives from around the globe including OpenStax/Connexions and the 20 Million… Read more »


Open content licensing for educators (OCL4Ed)

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What and When? Another free professional development opportunity from the OER Foundation 4 – 18 September 2013 Description This OCL4Ed micro Open Online Course (mOOC) will be facilitated by the UNESCO OER Chair network in support of capability development for theUNESCO 2012 Paris OER Declaration (See video from Abel Caine, Programme Specialist for OER at UNESCO.). The OCL4Ed 13.09 course is sponsored by the OER Foundation and the Commonwealth of… Read more »