Map of BCThis site has evolved into the home base for the British Columbia Open Ed Tech Collaborative. We are a loosely-knit, tightly-honed group of educators dedicated to working together to address our common dream of providing open and ethical online tools to educators.

We are still in the early stages of our work, but you can read a provisional (and evolving) statement of principles here. Or join us in our shared Sandstorm labspace.


Latest Updates:

Survey of BC faculty on OER & open textbooks

While I was one of three Faculty Fellows with the BCcampus Open Textbook program, we conducted a survey of faculty in BC and beyond, focusing on their use of and attitudes towards Open Educational Resources and Open Textbooks. We got over 70 complete responses from faculty at various institutions, most of them from teaching institutions […]

Open Education Week 2016 panel at UBC

I like to keep track of various things I’ve participated in, such as giving talks, facilitating workshops, etc., and this post is part of doing that. On March 10, 2016, I was part of an amazing panel of people talking about “Engaging Students in Open Education,” as part of Open Education Week at UBC. Here […]

A series of workshops on open education

I have been one of a team of facilitators for a series of workshops on open education that we’ve run at UBC from December 2015 to May 2016 (we haven’t done the last one yet!). The idea behind having this series is that we might be able to go into more depth into various topics […]

Docker Cloud BYON & Docker Compose

Late last year, Docker snapped up cross-cloud container management service Tutum, but it wasn’t clear how the acquired company’s handiwork would manifest under the Docker brand. Tutum was built from the ground up as a Docker tool. It gives visibility into containers, and enables a team to create, start, terminate or redeploy as needed. It also provides … 

Analytics with Piwik on

Seems that for Canadian universities, Google Analytics may be OK for individual privacy, but troubling for broader implications. Am I wrong? — Brian Lamb (@brlamb) January 28, 2016 Brian brings up a great point here.  Seems a significant number of BC post-secondary websites are fine using Google Analytics despite it being contrary to guidelines and standards … 

stay anonymous (or not) with

By hosting applications using at, users can can enforce access control on each application. By default, a newly-created application grain (such as an Etherpad document) is private. Through the user interface, you can grant other people access to the grain with varying permission levels, you can inspect who has access, and you can revoke that … 

Mapping a domain to Davros with

I am collaborating with a great bunch of folks in BC highered on shared infrastructure – Clint has written about the capacity we are building and our opensource app hosting using the framework. We have been running in Educloud since November 2015 and have 72 instructional designers, faculty, and technologists with 255 app instances (grains) to date. Think … 

NGDLE and Open EdTech

I’ve been doing some research on Next Generation Digital Learning Environments (NGDLE) and think it might be another useful way to frame some of the work we are doing with open edtech. Educause has a 7 Things paper and a deeper white paper on NGDLE, and Phil Hill has written about NGDLE as well if […]