BCcampus has a global mindset, expanding beyond borders

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As you all know, on January 27, 2017, the U.S. President, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order halting all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from gaining entrance to the United States. To offset the shock this has caused, many universities in B.C. have issued statements, welcoming and encouraging the continued diversity of cultures, beliefs, ethnicities and geographical differences across all… Read more »


Upcoming Learning Opportunities at BCcampus

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The first quarter of 2017 features four events to add value to your teaching and learning practices and environments. The Professional Learning team at BCcampus is hosting a pair of workshops in February, offering unique and powerful ways to facilitate learning. There is also an online EdTech Demo in January, and a course about facilitating learning online – delivered online – starting in February. VizEd… Read more »


In the BCcampus Sandbox: Guide on the Side

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This fall, BCcampus launched a sandbox project to test a tool called Guide on the Side. Guide on the Side, developed at the University of Arizona, is a tool designed to allow users to create interactive tutorials and walkthroughs of websites. Debra Flewelling first read about this tool via a listserve and was interested in bringing it to the Douglas College campus, where she works… Read more »


What defines an excellent course?

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The answer is easy, it’s design and facilitation. Because after all, content is just content without it. That’s where we come in. Through Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) and Facilitator Development Online (FDO) workshops, we guide educators in these 5-week and 2-week intensive sessions to learn how to actively facilitate learning. As we mentioned in an earlier post, our FLO and FDO sessions continue to draw… Read more »


BCcampus helps students reach their full potential with WriteAway

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Spring 2014, British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) reported over 500 students in B.C. were supported during WriteAway’s first year and now we are happy to report that more than 3500 students have used this service. WriteAway is an online collaborative tutoring service which complements in-person assistance through post-secondary institutions and institutes’ writing and learning centres.  It serves those students who are not able to… Read more »


Facilitating learning and professional development online through powerful workshops

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Our Professional Learning team plans and facilitates many wonderful events and workshops for educators, leaders and professional staff in B.C., and two of the most popular are our Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) and Facilitator Development Online (FDO) workshops. Back in September 2013, BCcampus began offering the Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) workshop, our very first cohort-based and password protected online course. FLO is five weeks long, and introduces research-based… Read more »


5 key lessons learned through the B.C. Open Textbook Project

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In October 2015, the B.C. Open Textbook Project turned three and as of today, there are over 135 open textbooks in the B.C. Open Textbooks Collection. These Open Educational Resources (OER) are important to the higher education system in B.C. because they have the potential to: increase access to higher education by reducing student costs, give faculty more control over their instructional resources, and move… Read more »


No Budget for Professional Development? No Problem. Log on to Learn!

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There’s no question that Professional Development is important, but not all organizations can afford it. Once the costs for registration, travel, accommodations, meals and time away from work are factored in, many organizations simply don’t have the funds. The benefits of attending a conference in person include networking opportunities, participating in round table discussions and gaining new insights. The long-term value of these learning experiences… Read more »


BCIC chooses BCcampus to build a virtual accelerator program for aspiring entrepreneurs

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BCcampus and BCIC are working together to strengthen BCIC’s network of talent, partners, and resources throughout the province, guiding technology entrepreneurs and innovators from start-up to success by way of a comprehensive virtual accelerator program. When the B.C. Innovation Council (BCIC) needed a vehicle to help drive economic development and job creation within the province, they felt a partnership with BCcampus would help bring opportunities… Read more »


Best of BCcampus blog posts: it’s all about doodling, open education advocates and lessons learned

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Summer provides an opportunity to slow down and catch up on your reading. It also provides the editorial team with an opportunity to reflect on which of our blog posts garnered the most interest. 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… Read more »