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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Week 17 In Review: The #oeglobal Edition

The view for much of my week in Banff, Alberta, where I attended the annual Open Education Global conference sponsored by the Open Education Consortium. This was my first time at the conference and a very enjoyable, informative conference it was. Here are some of my personal memories of the conference. While it was a […]

New Open Textbook From Tony Bates on Teaching in the Digital Age

Tony Bates has published a new 512-page open textbook entitled Teaching in a Digital Age. The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone,and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they … Continue reading New Open Textbook From Tony Bates on Teaching in the Digital Age

New Open Textbook: Canadian History Pre-Confederation

BCcampus recently announced the release of a new open textbook: Canadian History: Pre-Confederation. This book is a survey text that introduces undergraduate students to important themes in North American history to 1867. It provides room for Aboriginal and European agendas and narratives, explores the connections between the territory that coalesces into the shape of modern … Continue reading New Open Textbook: Canadian History Pre-Confederation

Week 16 In Review

Presentations, Workshops, Courses Working on upcoming BCNet presentation on (what else) open textbooks. Met with Gill and Barbara about our Open Textbook Summit presentation on the Geography booksprint. Submitted proposal for OpenEd15 this fall with Gill and Barbara to present on same topic (ok, not quite done this yet, but will beat today’s midnight submission […]

What is open education?

I wrote the following narrative for a teaching award application, and someone has requested that I post it openly as well, as it may be useful to others. I’m happy to do so! (I haven’t heard back about the teaching award yet.) This was a section of the application where I describe the basics about […]

Week 14-15 In Review

Was on vacation with the family for most of last week and the early part of this week. Add in Easter. This summary covers 2 very compressed weeks. Presentations Talked about Pressbooks TextBooks as part of a CCCOER presentation on OER authorng. Slides on Slideshare. Prepping for upcoming presentations & workshops at BCNet & Thompson […]

Open ends?

In the run-up to her keynote for the OER15 Conference —  which I hope to see in person — Sheila MacNeill asks for examples and ideas concerning the “mainstreaming” of OER and open educational practice in higher education. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Sheila ends up addressing the question, following on important questions […]

BCcampus wins Open Education Award for Excellence

BCcampus was recently recognized for creative innovation by the Open Education Consortium, a worldwide community of higher education institutions and organizations devoted to open education and global education. The Open Education Awards for Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions within the Open Education community, and are announced each year at the Open Education Global Conference. Link: