5 questions with Mary Burgess on our open textbook project and the future of open education

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Mary Burgess

As the Open Education director for BCcampus, Mary is responsible for our open education programs including, the Open Textbook program, professional learning and training programs, and applied research projects such as the remote web-based science labs (RWSL /NANSLO).   1. Can you give us an overview of the open textbook project? The open textbook project works on a cycle of adopt, adapt and create. Our overall… Read more »


Goodbye Textbooks, Hello MOOCs?

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I Mooc

Is massive online learning replacing the simple textbook? We at BCcampus think there is a bright future for Open Textbooks, and Thompson Rivers University economics prof Dr. Panagiotis (Peter) Tsigaris isn’t using expensive traditional textbooks in his introductory classes anymore. Instead, he’s turning students on to open educational resources and MOOCs. Dr. Peter Tsigaris MOOCs stands for Massive Open Online Courses. They’re free, open to everyone,… Read more »


Best of BCcampus blog posts: from MOOCs to smart apps and even smarter people

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Summer provides us all with an opportunity to slow down and catch up with our reading. Our BCcampus editorial team works hard all year to research and publish informative content about the intersection of technology and the post-secondary sector. 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… 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 »


UBC Conference Spurs Global Dialogue about Technology in Education

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Dr. Tom Sork, IPTEL conference organizer

Technology-enhanced learning is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching areas of the world where the opportunity for higher education (and education in general) used to be next to impossible. Today, single mothers in India have access to online training programs, while goat herders and farmers in remote regions of Africa can learn how to improve their livelihoods through technology-based open and distance education initiatives. Even… Read more »


A journey through the land of open education

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Some “open” resources are more open than others, and there are many different ways that word is used in higher education. On May 9, Clint Lalonde, BCcampus Client Service Manager, was invited to speak about Open Education at the annual Tourism Educators Conference.  The Tourism Educators Conference (TEC) is the premier annual conference for tourism and hospitality educators in the province of B.C. TEC 2013 was hosted… Read more »


5 questions with Theresa Southam, Selkirk College

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Theresa Southam is the Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Selkirk College. She recently coordinated TEDxSelkirkEd in Nelson. Theresa Southam 1.    Why is Selkirk Moving into the Open Learning Area? I just attended the Ashoka University Changemakers Conference in San Diego.  In a panel there, representatives from the MIT Media Lab, Hewlett Packard, Peer 2 Peer and University of the People reemphasized that… Read more »


Open licenses and financial remuneration in education

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Our former colleague Paul Stacey, who is now with Creative Commons, has published a lengthy post: “An Exploration of Open Licenses and Financial Remuneration” today. As usual, the entire post is well worth a read, but in particular he explains the case for Creative Commons licensing in education in a compelling way. Here is an excerpt: There is a natural inclination to think that Creative… Read more »


Open Ed 2011 Recap and Invitation to Vancouver for Open Ed 2012

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I was extremely fortunate to once again participate in what has become an annual event for me, the 8th International Open Education Conference, which this year moved back closer to its historic birthplace in Utah. This year’s conference took place up in the mountains east of Salt Lake City at Park City, a beautiful setting that in its relative remoteness also led to much concentrated… 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 »