BCcampus helps students reach their full potential with WriteAway

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Spring 2014, British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) reported over 500 students in B.C. were supported during WriteAway’s first year and now we are happy to report that more than 3500 students have used this service. WriteAway is an online collaborative tutoring service which complements in-person assistance through post-secondary institutions and institutes’ writing and learning centres.  It serves those students who are not able to… Read more »


Four new institutions join WriteAway e-tutoring service

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Drumroll please: four new institutions will be joining WriteAway in the fall of 2014! A warm welcome to: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Justice Institute of British Columbia, and Selkirk College. These institutions join our six current participants: Camosun College, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia. We… Read more »


Over 500 students supported during WriteAway’s first year

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A pioneering group of six B.C. post-secondary institutions have pooled their resources to help hundreds of students online – extending valuable in-person learning support services. The WriteAway e-tutoring experiment has been so successful the group is looking to expand to other institutions and other subjects. One year ago these early adopters – College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, and… Read more »


10 Things You need to know right now: education and literacy apps for higher-ed Instructors and students

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Whether you want to increase your productivity or your creativity, there’s lot of help available. Most institutions have learning and teaching centres where you can go for help. In B.C., students can polish their academic writing using Write Away our online tutoring service. We’ve assembled our top ten list of “must have” apps for post-secondary educators and students. Let us know if there are others… 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 »


Lessons from Connecticut: how eTutoring works

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Distance and online learning has changed, and so has the need to support online learners. For students experiencing time or other constraints, eTutoring offers a way to get much-needed extra help. Carolyn Rogers It began in 2001 with a vision of creating a collaborative tutoring program to support online students at seven colleges in Connecticut. Now, over a decade later, the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC)… Read more »


WriteAway: a glimpse into the future of online tutoring in B.C.

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The first-year sociology student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University who wonders if she has properly referenced her mid-term assignment paper. The second-year philosophy student at SFU looking for feedback on his case arguments. The senior political science student at UBC with a quick grammar question. Sunni Nishimura What do these three students have in common? Together, they are the driving force behind WriteAway, a new online tutoring… 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 »



General Shared Service Meeting November 3

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BCcampus has scheduled a Fall General Shared Service Meeting for November 3, 2011 at the Kwantlen Richmond Campus. Purpose: The annual Fall general shared service meeting provides a forum for general updates, input and feedback on BCcampus shared services. In addition, it is an opportunity to bring forward and discuss requests for new shared services. Usually, the general meeting precedes the individual user group meetings (the individual… Read more »