How are you helping faculty and staff cope with copyright and use open resources?

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Copyright has always been a major concern for higher education institutions, but recent (and ongoing) changes to copyright legislation, licensing agreements and the general disruption of digital networks, experienced across all sectors, has made it an even more difficult landscape for faculty and staff to navigate. BCcampus is looking at this as an area to work with institutions, but before we start creating something new,… Read more »


The Economics of Open

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Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, research articles, videos, and other materials used to support education. OER creators own the intellectual property and copyrights of the OER they create. However, they license the OER and make it freely available to others. Every… 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 »


Talks on Open Access, OER and Online Science Labs

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Paul Stacey, BCcampus’s Director of Curriculum Development, will be doing a couple of talks over the next week. Next Tuesday (Oct 25, 2011) he’ll be giving a keynote address for UBC’s Open Access week. Then it’s on to Denver where Paul will co-present on the North American Network of Science Labs Online program at the WCET conference. On Monday October 31 Paul will be visiting… Read more »


Opening Education

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Proposed new copyright laws, confusion over what is allowed and isn’t allowed under fair dealing, Access Copyright’s attempt to increase tariffs, risk averse legal counsel advice, universities and colleges pulling out of Access Copyright. Has all this got your head spinning? In parallel to the changing regime of copyright new open licensing and sharing practices have emerged. As part of Open Access week BCcampus and… Read more »


This may be the year…

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This may be the year… The stars are aligning in interesting ways to start this academic year. It will certainly be a year of big challenges. And with those challenges will come the potential for breakthrough risk :: reward scenarios. One of the challenges alluded to by the tweet copied above will be how institutions and instructors manage access to published educational resources for their… Read more »


Openness is an attitude

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The spring ETUG (Educational Technology Users’ Group) workshop, held recently in Nelson at Selkirk College, was in the words of one long-time attendee “probably the best ever.” This is by no means a comprehensive overview of the conference. More can be found at the ETUG web site, but I’ve tried to give a flavour with some of the highlights of the conference. First was the… 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 »


Evolution of an OER Initiative

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BCcampus started supporting the development of Open Educational Resources (OER) back in 2003 with it’s inaugural Online Program Development Fund. The 2010 call for proposals was the eighth round and brings the total investment made so far to $9 million. Given the burgeoning interest in OER I thought it might be useful to describe this years outcome in the context of an eight year retrospective… Read more »


Open Education Resource University (OERU)

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BCcampus is pleased to be participating in today’s Open Educational Resource University (OERU) inaugural meeting. We’ve been hosting an online seminar in our SCoPE online community exploring the concept of an OERU and have contributed a short paper summarizing the ideas that have emerged. For more on this intiative including how to participate virtually see http://edtechfrontier.com/2011/02/22/open-educational-resource-university-oeru/