Not Just Another Textbook: An excerpt from the BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide

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So, you’ve decided to write and self-publish a textbook. And not just any textbook — an open textbook. Before you begin, it’s important to understand the differences between an open textbook and a standard textbook, and how these contrasting characteristics might affect the open textbook author and publishing process. Post by Lauri M. Aesoph, Manager, Open Education Open vs. closed Open textbooks are open educational resources or… Read more »

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 »

Selkirk College Wins High Profile National Distance Learning Contract

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For years, Selkirk College has been known in British Columbia for its picturesque campuses and intimate classroom settings. Rhys Andrews However, the historic West Kootenay institution recently captured the national spotlight after being selected to deliver a prestigious, Canada-wide online pharmacy technician bridging program. The agreement between Selkirk College and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) will allow current pharmacy technicians to upgrade… Read more »

Student Services Survey Results

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Purpose of the Survey The Student Services Survey was conducted by BCcampus in order to understand what kinds of issues post-secondary students are having with the current student services and to find out how BCcampus can better help these students. Duration and Respondents The survey ran for 18 days in April 2013, and was published by email, on course homepages, and on Social Networks. The… Read more »

A Busy Productive Spring for the Open Textbook Project

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Of Meetings, Partnerships and Workshops Phase 1 of the Open Textbook Review is underway. Find out what’s next on the horizon for the BCcampus Open Textbook project team: APRIL For two days in early April, BCcampus hosted the Open Textbook Summit at the SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. The summit brought together representatives from around the globe including OpenStax/Connexions and the 20 Million… 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 »

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 »

BCcampus Websites – Maintenance Outage May 30

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Please be advised that the following BCcampus websites will not be available on Thursday, May 30, 2013, from approximately 4:30 am – 8 am, Pacific Time, during our regular monthly maintenance: ApplyBC CoursesBC MyCreditsBC Online Collaborative Program websites a) ABT ( b) ICT ( For questions, please go to

BCcampus: Longtime Supporter of Open Online Learning (yes, MOOCs!)

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Sylvia Currie

There’s a lot of discussion these days around Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs. Millions of people around the world enroll in MOOCs – large scale MOOC provider, Coursera, has even entered into a MOOC partnership with UBC. What you might not realize is that BCcampus has long championed innovative, open online learning by supporting projects that fall under the definition of MOOC…. Read more »

BCcampus Partner Spotlight: Osler Systems

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Setting up a doctor’s appointment. Visiting a clinic. Getting a lab test. Each time we use the health care system in British Columbia, our records are updated and services are billed. Most of these tasks are accomplished in a paperless environment, using electronic medical record (EMR) software. This technology has been around since the 1980s, and now forms the backbone of 80% of provincial medical… Read more »