B.C. libraries reshaping Wikipedia for Science Literacy Week

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On September 18, 2017, as part of Wikipedia Edit-a-thons with the goal of giving faculty, students and staff practical experiencing editing and improving Wikipedia by contributing to articles about Canadian scientists. The event is an example of how institutions can work together to teach digital literacy and improve the Internet. Post by Lucas Wright, Advisor, Open Education, BCcampus This is the second Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused… Read more »

Open Access Week: Equipping the online learning community with open-access tools

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Open Access workshops led by BCcampus provide educators across the province an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique challenges of learning in an online environment. One of the resources available to the education community of B.C. is SOL*R, the Shareable Online Learning Resource. This service is available for free through BCcampus, and was created to facilitate sharing, collaboration, and iterative development of content by and… Read more »

5 Questions with Dr. David Try: His Evolution of Online Learning

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Dr. David Try is an instructor at Northwest Community College and is also its coordinator of business administration. Dr. David Try 1.Can you give us a bit of insight into how your thinking about online learning has evolved?  I first taught an online course in 2005, and was frankly unimpressed with the results. Naively, I thought that online teaching was basically a simple technological expansion… 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 »

Welcome to the wireless, connected school in a pencil box

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Did you know that there’s a system that makes it possible to take an online class, even if you’re in the middle of nowhere with no power or internet access? It’s called the Classroom-Without-Walls, and it’s tiny and inexpensive—small enough to fit in your backpack with a price tag of $120. The Commonwealth of Learning designed the CWW to help post-secondary students in developing countries—where access to… 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 about the Commonwealth of Learning with Professor Asha S. Kanwar

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Professor Asha S. Kanwar

Vancouver-based Commonwealth of Learning (COL) – hosted by the federal government and supported by seven major donor governments, including Canada and most of the Commonwealth’s 54 member countries – is the world’s only intergovernmental organization solely dedicated to promoting and developing distance education and open learning. Professor Asha S. Kanwar, COL President and Chief Executive Officer, tells us how COL is helping to improve opportunities… 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 »

Google maps and video add energy to course material

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Courses on critical thinking skills often invoke a yawn or two from students. Instructors Keiron and Kirk McConnell at Royal Roads University decided that they were going to change that. When they were asked to instruct Logical and Analytical Thinking in the Justice Context (a distance course at Royal Roads) they saw “boring” written all over it. “We needed something to deliver to the students… Read more »

Arts One Digital at UBC: Building Critical Mass

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Arts One Digital was launched at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year as a supplement to the existing Arts One program. UBC’s Arts One began more than forty years ago as an interdisciplinary alternative for first year students blending History, English and Philosophy into one intensive program. In the past decade, half the winners of the Governor General’s Silver Medal for the academically outstanding… Read more »