Opening access to justice

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Student-driven innovative application designed to improve access to justice while minimizing billable time – via team from Thompson Rivers University. While we generally share stories and projects that have a direct connection to BCcampus, we recognize that there are many groups working on open education across the province and around the world. When we see something cool, we try to share it to give them… Read more »

In the BCcampus Sandbox: Guide on the Side

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This fall, BCcampus launched a sandbox project to test a tool called Guide on the Side. Guide on the Side, developed at the University of Arizona, is a tool designed to allow users to create interactive tutorials and walkthroughs of websites. Debra Flewelling first read about this tool via a listserve and was interested in bringing it to the Douglas College campus, where she works… Read more »

Testing software in BCcampus’ digital sandbox

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sandbox with toys

BCcampus’ sandbox is like a test kitchen for technology. You get to play around with ingredients and a recipe (software application) before you decide whether to put it on your menu (curriculum). The sandbox helps you make informed decisions. Let’s say there’s an open source software application that you’ve been thinking about using in your classroom or at your institution. (The Canvas learning management system might… Read more »

Computer science students: apply to mentor with OER Foundation for Google Summer of Code

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Our collaborator in all things open in the southern hemisphere, Wayne Mackintosh, has sent word the OER Foundation has been selected as a mentor organisation for this year’s Google Summer of Code. This is a great opportunity for students to develop code during the Northern summer break while contributing to technology improvement of the OERu infrastructure. If selected, students can earn a stipend of USD5,500…. Read more »

Canvas is coming to an SFU campus near you

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we work in public

Next month, Simon Fraser University will complete its switch to Canvas—a new learning management system (LMS) used as a stand-alone platform by only one other post-secondary institution in Canada. Blackboard Inc., the company that provides SFU’s current LMS (WebCT), announced it would end support for the platform in December 2012. That’s what prompted SFU, along with many other North American universities, to look for a… 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 »

Wrangling videos in one location just got a lot easier with Kaltura

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Imagine being able to gather video assets – lectures, presentations, seminars, and homework assignments – in one location so users can upload, view and share them easily. BCcampus has been working to facilitate a collaboration with interested post secondary institutions for Kaltura, a leading video enterprise platform that does just that and more. After an extensive pilot and evaluation phase, BCcampus expects to offer Kaltura… Read more »

Walking the talk: open resources at RRU

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They’re not just talking “open” at Royal Roads University – they’re doing it in a very visible way. is a one‑stop platform featuring a collection of open resources developed by and for faculty, a software code repository, and space for other shared opportunities. The idea originated with Emma Irwin, a senior systems analyst and web developer at Royal Roads University. But its roots go… Read more »

The University of Open

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Open source software, open access publishing, open government/data, open educational resources, and open pedagogies all share a common underlying philosophy. Paul Stacey explores their synergistic potential by strategically bringing them together to form a new alternative institution – the University of Open.