FIPPA consent forms: A pedagogical opportunity for one B.C. post-secondary educator

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Online privacy is an important issue for all Canadians, but it’s especially important to students. Post-secondary students are adults, however, it’s surprising how little thought goes into signing online privacy waivers. But students of all ages are affected: Grade-schoolers are not only learning the use of digital tools, but also face online privacy issues before they can understand their implications. Post by BCcampus’ editorial team… Read more »

ApplyBC Update: a roadmap for 2014 and phasing out SIN collection

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BCcampus recently posted the ApplyBC 2014-2016 Roadmap to share the direction we have for our online application program, and we’d like to hear what our stakeholders have to say. Our goal is to improve the user experience while expanding our ability to better serve the needs of institutions. The ApplyBC application service underwent a modernization project in 2013, with a goal of providing a seamless… 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 »

5 questions with David Wrate on Open Data and Higher Education

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David Wrate is the director of Citizen Engagement for the government of British Columbia. He is speaking tomorrow (Feb 19, 2013) at the B.C. Open Data Summit in Vancouver. iDavid Wrate 1.    Tell us about the open government movement in B.C. and why open data matters? Open government has deep roots in B.C.; in 2009, Vancouver passed their motion endorsing the principles of open data…. Read more »

Modernizing ApplyBC

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An application service that provides a more seamless user experience, is mobile-friendly, processes payments securely, returns real-time accumulated data to the B.C. higher education system and has the ability to add on services like transcripts. That’s the vision of the ApplyBC Steering Committee under a “co-operative autonomy” governance model. BCcampus is well on the way to realizing this vision for ApplyBC. Last year Simon Fraser… 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 »

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 »

Digital futures event at TRU a resounding call for a “recursive public”

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What I heard at the Digital Future of Higher Education event at Thompson Rivers University on February 22 in Kamloops was a resounding call to action for open practices in all forms: open education, open learning, open data, open access journals, open educational resources. Keynote speakers Tony Bates and Michael Peters each provided a unique perspective on the road ahead. Tony Bates presented his usual… Read more »