A little fish in a big, Open sea: Reflecting on OpenCon 2017

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Earlier in November, I had the opportunity to travel to Berlin, Germany, to attend OpenCon 2017, a three-day annual conference that brings together early-year career professionals from all over the world who work in Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. Post by Josie Gray, Open Education Production Assistant Although I’ve been working with the BCcampus Open Education team for over a year now, I… Read more »


Open Education announcements from BCcampus

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The back-to-school term has started off with a bang and we have lots of exciting things to report, such as the brand new Awards for Excellence in Open Education, currently accepting your submissions. We would also like to share a few newsworthy items as we continue to contribute to the open education movement – globally. Cape Town Declaration A couple of weeks ago, Mary Burgess,… Read more »


Open Education Stories: Removing Barriers to Access with Jennifer Barker

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We’re kicking off a new series of videos to share stories of how open education is transforming teaching and learning across B.C’s post-secondary sector and making education more accessible for all learners. Post by Lucas Wright, Advisor, Open Education, BCcampus In this video, Dr. Jennifer Barker, a Biology instructor at Douglas College, says that a big turning point that sparked her interest in open education… Read more »


BCcampus is pleased to announce the 2017 Open Education Grant recipients

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BCcampus’ Open Education Grants program is supported by both the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Hewlett Foundation. The grants are intended to achieve the strategic goals of the BCcampus Open Education team: To increase access to higher education, To improve student learning outcomes, To increase flexible teaching and learning options for educators. This year, BCcampus distributed three types of grants for Open Education. They… Read more »


BCcampus’ Amanda Coolidge to serve on the 2017 OEC Board of Directors

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Great news! Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education has been elected to sit on the Open Education Consortium’s Board of Directors. Responsibilities of the board members include: Participate in board meetings and online discussions; Active participation on initiatives and/or committees, board sub-groups or working groups; Promote participation and membership in the Consortium; Cultivation and encouragement of board members and nominees; High level financial responsibility for… Read more »


Supporting Indigenized spaces in post-secondary professional learning

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The Indigenization Project has grown since it was announced this past April. This collaborative project will develop open educational professional learning resources that contribute to an increased awareness and understanding of Aboriginal histories, cultures and perspectives, and ways of knowing for those who work in post-secondary institutions. Ultimately, this incorporation of Indigenous epistemologies into professional practice will enable post-secondary institutions to continue to: Develop the… Read more »


The BCcampus 2015/16 Annual Review

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A huge aspect of learning is taking the time to reflect on the hard work, accomplishments, and even the failures along the way. These moments help us all grow as learners, teachers and community members. The BCcampus 2015/16 Annual Review shows our openness and transparency so that our stakeholders can see and better understand the services we have available, what we’ve been working on and… Read more »


The BC Open Textbook Project celebrates four years of success

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Students in B.C. are celebrating four years of free open textbooks and up to $2.3 million in savings through the BC Open Textbook Project. The BC Open Textbook Project is the first government-sponsored initiative of its kind in Canada. It is estimated that more than 18,000 students in B.C. have benefitted from using open textbooks since the project was first announced on Oct. 16, 2012…. Read more »


The Festival of Learning celebrates the higher education community

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Well, we’ve packed up our festival tent and headed back to our respective institutions, hopefully with lots of fun memories and useful takeaways that will enrich our work in higher education. Throughout the Festival of Learning, we were thrilled to see so many new and familiar faces, and hear your stories of inter-institutional sharing. If you have a story from your time at the festival, please consider sharing… Read more »


BCcampus staff spotlight: Mary Burgess, Executive Director

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The stage is set and the curtains are drawn, it’s finally opening day at the Festival of Learning! To help kick off the celebrations, we’d like to share a few things about what makes BCcampus shine, and what better person than our very own Executive Director, Mary Burgess. This is the fifth installment in the staff highlight series, following in the footsteps of Denise Goudy, Director, BCcampus, the Professional Learning… Read more »