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  • Prototyping a national survey
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Prototyping a national survey


At BCcampus we are often asked how British Columbia higher education stacks up against other Canadian provinces for the management of online learning. Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Image: Symbol for survey administration. We have some data on the number of courses offered online and at a distance, as well as data on the… Read More

On the Eastern front


At BCcampus we usually get only one chance in any year to travel to Ottawa. So, we were really pleased to line up three excellent sessions during the week of January 30, 2012 to talk about educational technology topics from a national perspective and to consider collaborative approaches on national scale that might work to… Read More

Systemic collaboration is our strategy


We believe that establishing a systemic responses to educational technology challenges and opportunities in the BC higher education sector is the key strategy for BCcampus. So, we’re happy to announce that the BCcampus Strategic Council has approved our strategic plan for 2012-2015 and has directed us to proceed to drafting a fiscal year service plan… Read More

Evergreen strategic planning


Compass image by Jaypee. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. At BCcampus we monitor a number of sources for new information about strategic initiatives with systemic focus, internationally, nationally and regionally.  We keep an “evergreen” plan bubbling on the front burner, review it annually, and then take it forward to our Strategic Council for… Read More

Flexible learning revisited


BCcampus’s leadership in enabling distance learning and flexible trades training has attracted international attention. Yesterday, we had a visit at BCcampus from David Scannell, Curriculum Services Manager in the Learning Innovation and Development unit from Holmesglen Institute in Australia. Holmesglen is a TAFE. In Australia, training and further education or TAFE (pronounced /ˈteɪf/) institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational tertiary education courses, mostly qualifying… Read More

Renewing our focus on open thinking


With an inspiring speech by Sir John Daniel, CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, the BCcampus Opening Education event kicked off on Monday, October 17 at the wonderful Simon Fraser University Centre for the Arts. As a prelude to Open Access Week, BCcampus and partners invited higher education institutional participants to a special event exploring the… Read More

This may be the year…


The stars are aligning in interesting ways to start this academic year. It will certainly be a year of big challenges. And with those challenges will come the potential for breakthrough risk :: reward scenarios. One of the challenges alluded to by the tweet copied above will be how institutions and instructors manage access to… Read More

When more quickly becomes waaay less


Took a flyer this week on participation in the big eduMOOC. Specifically, I thought I would participate in the OERu study group. Nice explanation of MOOC concepts below by Neal Gillis and Dave Cormier highlights the potential of the MOOC. ( [CC-BY-3.0 or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons But after reading just a few posts and… Read More

Amazing us at the ETUG 11 conference


June 2 was the second time I’ve had the opportunity to hear Alan Levine do his Amazing Stories of Openness keynote. The first time was at OpenEd 2009 in Vancouver and I wrote about at the time, calling it “a paradigm buster of a prezo, using the words of others to underscore the resonant value… Read More

Bringing the BC ID community together


For the second spring in row, the instructional design community from BC post-secondary institutions organized a very successful one-day event on ID, that was hosted this year at the Ike Barber Centre at the University of British Columbia. We at BCcampus were pleased to provide some sponsorship for this professional event from our Curriculum Development… Read More

Sharing the open message in Malaysia


In May 2011 I had a wonderful opportunity to join colleagues in Asia at a capacity-building workshop on open educational resources (OER) at Wawasan Open University (WOU) in Penang, Malaysia. In Malaysia, like everywhere I’ve visited in Asia recently, the economy seems to be booming, with more and more Malaysian citizens seeking to upgrade their… Read More

On the open education frontier in Mongolia


Mongolia is a place that conjures images of vast steppes, widely separated population centres, nomadic herders and climatic extremes. All real, but with a rapid development agenda ahead. Image source: By Tengis Bilegsaikhan from Milan, Italy (Naadam) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. I traveled to Mongolia in September 2010 as part of an external resource… Read More

A practical open strategy in the business world


While I was in Vietnam in June 2010 working with university educators from around South Asia on an open and distance learning capacity-building project that involved an OER focus, we visited a new university on the outskirts of Hanoi to have a dialogue about development models and the value of organizational partnerships. … OMT has also joined forces with the Vietnam Foundation’s (VNF) OER initiative and will not only be using open resources to support its own training business, but in the true spirit of “open,” OMT will make the translated and localized resources available through the VNF’s library of open courseware that can be used by institutions throughout Vietnam.

Nowhere near critical mass


Regrettably, it feels like we are no closer to critical mass and sustainability on the OER front than we were this time last year. I was pretty cranky in August 2009 during the OpenEd 2009 conference that was held here in Vancouver for which my organization was a co-sponsor. My blog posts during the conference… Read More

Micro broadcasts for quick pro-d

This morning a tweet came up on my TweetDeck window signaling the start of a micro-broadcast from the CNIE 2010 conference in Saint John, NB. Scroll to 5:45 in the video below to get to the actual starting point. Grant Potter of UNBC was broadcasting a live panel session using the UStream iPhone app. The… Read More

A refuge in the urban core

I work in Vancouver’s downtown business core, an urban environment filled with noisy buses, trucks and cars. And the din is only getting louder. There’s nothing redeeming about the noise, and it exists in stark contrast to the pleasing natural sounds found in the mountains of the North Shore that are within my view, only… Read More

I need an adventure


The anxiety continues unabated.  I want to write a blog post.  I can’t write.  I resort to random tweets to help dissolve the blockage. Or, I write well constructed emails about professional projects and initiatives, taking time to craft every sentence as if it were a poetic work. Arghhhhh. Somewhere within I know the answer.… Read More

Finally – an agile workflow

I’ve been looking, asking colleagues and associates for a straightforward description of an agile workflow for the creation or reuse of open educational resources (OERs). You’d think it would be simple to find. Nope. Not until today. While searching using “simple, easy, agile” and other adjectives to describe “OER workflow,” I finally got a hit… Read More

I love my job


This morning I had the fortunate opportunity to fly from Vancouver to Terrace, BC on a clear and crisp October day. The two-hour flight path between YVR and YXT is up the west coast of the Canadian mainland over the Coast Mountains. After 30 minutes of flying we were crossing the long fjord-like inlets Toba,… Read More

Searching for an agile OER workflow


Following up on my optimal, not ideal posting a while back, I decided to immerse myself in WikiEducator for two weeks to capture the flavor of the community and its practices. WikiEducator (WE) began its life as the brainchild of New Zealander, Wayne Mackintosh, and grew and flourished while Wayne served as an Education Specialist,… Read More

Optimal, not ideal

So many times in the past, I’ve been drawn in by the elegance of arguments and the ideals put forth by their proponents. Such is the case with the whole open movement. I love the sentiments, the allure of community and collegiality. It is an ideal that I find compelling and attractive. I just like… Read More

Show me yours – I’ll show you mine

In a recent comment Scott Leslie asked, “…clearly there is a long way to go before OER becomes mainstream, and any positive and practical suggestions you had on how to move it that way I’m sure would be appreciated by the community.” Well here goes. One of the powerful ways people learn (to teach) is… Read More

Bringing systemic shape to open initiatives

This morning’s kickoff presentation by Fred Mulder from the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) was memorable, not for a gee-whiz social media show on openness, but for a quiet, pragmatic approach to demonstrating how to begin the institutionalization of open thinking. (The video stream of Fred’s prezo below follows remarks by Chris Lott and… Read More

A lesson on resonant value


I really enjoyed Alan Levine’s Amazing Stories of Openness at the OpenEd2009 conference on August 12. It was a paradigm buster of a prezo, using the words of others to underscore the resonant value in openness. Using video stories collected from Net colleagues and friends, the prezo showed a way forward for marketing the goodliness… Read More

Best before date fast approaching

Feels like the theory, innovation and advocacy phase of the open educational resource (OER) movement is fast approaching its “best before date.” Watched the screencast this morning of the Wiley Downes Dialogue from OpenEd09. Couldn’t help thinking phase change when the discussion crisscrossed terrain that has been traveled many times before at various conferences, forums… Read More

Funny thing about teachers …

… they’re all different. I’ve read two separate articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education in the last two weeks, each highlighting instructor discomfort with technology tools in higher education classrooms. One focused on the perils of desktop slideware. The other on the notion of parking techno-tools in favor of a social fasting approach. The… Read More