Map of BCThe notion of “open education”, whether it be in the context of large initiatives such as the British Columbia open textbook initiative, institutional Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or countless grassroots efforts, has been growing in prominence in higher education in British Columbia. Increasingly, instructors and students are asking how they can get involved with this movement, and what their institutions are doing to support this work. This website strives to develop a set of resources and conversations addressing these questions, in a format that encourages an open approach and collaboration.

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UBC’s Policy 81: draft of a revision

  Around this time last year, the University of British Columbia implemented a policy called Policy 81, which mandated that any time a faculty member shared teaching materials with others, any other faculty member at UBC could use them for for-credit courses. The text of the current policy, not the revised one, can be found […]

Photos for Class provides safe search and auto-attribute for Flickr images

Came across a site that may be a good one for k12 teachers looking for a way to safely search Flickr for Creative Commons material, and for anyone looking for an easy way to attribute Flickr photos. Photos for Class is a site that uses a combination of Flickr’s Safe Search filter and a few […]

BC Advanced Education Minister: Open Education Offers New Learning Experiences

BC Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson recently issued a press release about Open Education Week: “Technology and the need for affordable, high-quality education materials are driving new ways of thinking about teaching and learning. Today, there is a growing movement toward free and open sharing of educational resources as a way to increase access to … Continue reading BC Advanced Education Minister: Open Education Offers New Learning Experiences

Open Course about Using WordPress for Teaching & Learning

Teaching with WordPress is an open, collaborative online course on using WordPress for teaching and learning in higher education.  The course is being hosted by faculty and staff at UBC and is intended to launch in May of 2015. Join us to talk about and experiment with, among other things: Open education and open pedagogy WordPress as a highly … Continue reading Open Course about Using WordPress for Teaching & Learning

Need a damn computer to keep track of all these open events *

  There are a slew of Open Education events on my radar/ToDo list right now. Open Education Week Next week is the global Open Education Week from the Open Education Consortium. There are events happening around the world for this week, both live and online (full schedule of global events). BCcampus is participating by sponsoring […]

BCcampus Open Education Week Webinars

As part of Open Education Week, March 9-13, 2015, BCcampus has organized a week of Open Education webinars. Topics include: A Discussion on Open Pedagogy Distinguishing the dOERs: Faculty use of Open Educational Resources Can I actually use it? Testing open textbooks for accessibility Institutional Library Support The Open Web: (a) Lost (b) Reclaimed (c) Co-claimed … Continue reading BCcampus Open Education Week Webinars

BC Open Textbook Summit, May 28-29

The third annual BC Open Textbook Summit 2015 is taking place on May 28-29, 2015 in Vancouver.  The summit, which is hosted by BCcampus, brings together leaders in the Open Textbook field, faculty who are reviewing, adopting and developing Open Textbooks, student advocates, librarians, institutional administrators, government officials, and policy staff. Link: http://otsummit.bccampus.ca

Presentation at Open Ed conference 2014 (on UBC’s Policy 81)

I have been waiting to make this post, because like last year, all the sessions this year were videorecorded, and I was going to wait until the recordings were posted on Youtube so I could embed mine here. But the conference was in November of 2014, and it’s now February of 2015, and the Open […]