Important Questions About OER for COHERE 2013

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David Porter stands behind the power and potential of Open Education Resources (OER). At the same time, BCcampus’ executive director acknowledges there are important issues that need to be examined in order to find the resonant value of OER.  Like most innovative concepts, he believes OER raises as many questions as it answers. In the era of ‘open everything’ – admissions, courses, curriculum, research, software,… Read more »

Student Services Survey Results

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Purpose of the Survey The Student Services Survey was conducted by BCcampus in order to understand what kinds of issues post-secondary students are having with the current student services and to find out how BCcampus can better help these students. Duration and Respondents The survey ran for 18 days in April 2013, and was published by email, on course homepages, and on Social Networks. The… Read more »

Why Institutions Like Royal Roads are Changing Their Curriculum

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Times have changed—post-secondary institutions like Royal Roads University are making it their mandate to create an inspiring and relevant curriculum that helps students find jobs. A key element of this new curriculum is that it provides students with an authentic learning and assessment experience. AUTHENTIC LEARNING GIVES STUDENTS MARKETABLE SKILLS The authentic learning and assessment model isn’t lecture based—it’s collaborative and intentional. Authentic learning asks… Read more »

Online Graduate Program Forges Face-to Face Global Connections

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For most students, university is about more than academics. It’s also about gaining a broader perspective of the world and building lifelong relationships along the way. However, many people don’t think about online and distance education in the same fashion as the in-person interactions that accompany classroom lectures. Paul Stacey begs to differ. The former BCcampus director – now with non-profit organization Creative Commons –… Read more »

Ten Years of Online Education

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A leading annual survey report in the U.S., “Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States” indicates some similarities between the U.S. and Canada in the landscape of higher education online. Some key report findings include: Over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year…. Read more »

Study shows online learning crucial to strategic planning in higher education

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Public post-secondary institutions across Alberta and British Columbia are making online learning a crucial piece of their long-term strategies, according to a new baseline survey. The results also suggest that colleges, institutes and universities are committed to building quality into all online learning experiences. Managing that process continues to be a challenge. BCcampus and eCampusAlberta administered the 2012 Alberta-British Columbia Managing Online Learning Survey. Eighteen… Read more »