Beyond Textbooks: How Remote Science Labs are Capitalizing on the “Whoa” Moment of Discovery for Students

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Remote science labs offer students the opportunity to perform scientific experiments and test legitimate hypotheses using top-of-the-line, high-powered, modern instruments that are, typically, only available in privately-funded research facilities. At the end of February, BCcampus brought together the top thinkers, innovators and instructors directly involved with both NANSLO and RWSL for a series of information-sharing and planning sessions. Faculty and staff from Thompson Rivers University… Read more »


Building for the Future: Remote Web-Based Science Labs and NANSLO

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This week finds the BCcampus team immersed in the world of Remote Web-based Science Laboratory (RWSL) learning with two back-to-back meetings with key thought-leaders from across the province and the United States. The BC RWSL meeting brings together the top innovators from North Island College and Thompson Rivers University to share their thinking, research and understanding of how to make science more accessible to learners… Read more »


Collaborative Educational Services Update

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We’re in the process of adopting the name Collaborative Educational Services to be inclusive of both educational technology shared services (e.g., Moodle) as well as collaborative programs (e.g., Applied Business Technology) and services (e.g. eTutoring). (Note: we currently refer to these areas as Collaborative Programs and Shared Services.) This note is concerned specifically with the educational technology shared service area though – BCcampus now has 13 collaborative… Read more »


Teaching Science Online

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Teaching science online is a big need as graduates from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math continue to be high priority needs for fuelling economic growth. Last week BCcampus published a news story about our involvement in the North American Network of Science Labs Online and the workshop that was held at North Island College. See NANSLO demonstrates online labs at North Island College gathering. More… Read more »


NGLC Proposal Selected As One of 50 Finalists

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On October 11, 2010 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in concert with EDUCAUSE, launched an RFP for the Next Generation Learning Challenges http://nextgenlearning.org. Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a collaborative, multi-year grant program aimed at dramatically increasing college readiness and completion through applied technology. Four initial NGLC challenges were identified; 1. blended learning, 2. learner analytics, 3. deeper learning and engagement, and 4. open… Read more »