4 Questions with Tim Paul on the evolving role of teaching and learning centres

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We’re starting a new series to get to know the some of the fabulous feats happening behind-the-scene at the Teaching and Learning Centres across B.C.’s post-secondary institutions. To kick off the series, we’ve started with Tim Paul, Manager, Academic Technology Services Centre for Educational and Information Technology, Douglas College. Although Douglas College does not have a Teaching and Learning Centre, per se, they do have… Read more »


Opening the flow of learning with Liberating Structures

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Liberating Structures are a collection of 33 seriously fun strategies to help people engage and work together. These powerful methods can be used in classrooms, meetings, strategic planning sessions, workshops, presentations, and more! In B.C. post-secondary, we have started using Liberating Structures to transform our classrooms and organizations by introducing these tiny shifts in the way we work, learn and collaborate together. To help others… Read more »


Jamming at the ETUG Spring Workshop

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Education by Design is the theme for the upcoming Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) Spring workshop, planned for June 1st and 2nd at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus in Kelowna, B.C. Featuring wicked-design challenges, social events, and a multi-sensory experience, this event will be inspirational, insightful, and memorable. Call it a hackathon, sprint, or design workshop, the ETUG Spring Jam 2017 is destined… Read more »


BCcampus has a global mindset, expanding beyond borders

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As you all know, on January 27, 2017, the U.S. President, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order halting all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from gaining entrance to the United States. To offset the shock this has caused, many universities in B.C. have issued statements, welcoming and encouraging the continued diversity of cultures, beliefs, ethnicities and geographical differences across all… Read more »


Camosun College: Advocating for students using Universal Design for Learning

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Following up on the great work of the BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit, created by Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education, BCcampus, Sue Doner, Faculty, Instructional Designer, eLearning, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Camosun College and Tara Robertson, Accessibility Librarian and Coordinator, Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources BC (CAPER_BC); Camosun College has continued their efforts in advocating for and working with faculty and… Read more »


A new collaboration: The BCcampus Advisory Group

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BCcampus wants to get more feedback from our community. Your community. To do so, we have established a committee to help guide us on institutional needs and those of the system as a whole. Back in December, we put a call out for nominations and proposals for the BCcampus Advisory Group and were blown away by the positive reaction from the applicants that put their… Read more »


BCcampus Open Textbook Summit 2017 – May 24-25

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The next Open Textbook Summit is slated for May 24-25 at Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre in Vancouver. Join us for two days of workshops and presentations that explore how open practices can influence open textbook development to enhance teaching and learning. Sharing. Communicating. Collaborating. One of the most important takeaways from the last Open Textbook Summit was the creation of a sense of community;… Read more »


Kaltura Shared Service expands

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The provincial Kaltura Shared Service is expanding from 5 to 8 institutions as the project moves out of the pilot phase. Vancouver Island University, Emily Carr University, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University join existing Kaltura Shared Service institutions Langara College, University of Northern British Columbia Douglas College, University of the Fraser Valley, and College of the Rockies in the Kaltura Shared Service as the service officially comes… Read more »


Storming the Ivory Tower: A Workshop on Transforming Post-Secondary Education

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Introduction by Mary Burgess, Executive Director, BCcampus Last fall, Leva Lee of BCcampus and Steven Bishop of Douglas College wrote the article below about a workshop facilitated by Ross Laird, a Vancouver-based author and consultant. The relevancy of this conversation can’t be overstated. We need to be thinking of students as whole people, not identical empty vessels to be filled with content. As we work… Read more »


Upcoming Learning Opportunities at BCcampus

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The first quarter of 2017 features four events to add value to your teaching and learning practices and environments. The Professional Learning team at BCcampus is hosting a pair of workshops in February, offering unique and powerful ways to facilitate learning. There is also an online EdTech Demo in January, and a course about facilitating learning online – delivered online – starting in February. VizEd… Read more »