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Engaging students with Open Education at VIULearns 2016

Last week during the VIULearns event on the Nanaimo campus I had a chance to engage students directly with the idea of open education. I positioned our booth to draw students in around all aspects of open education; including open… Continue Reading →

OpenEd 2015 Conference

I have just returned from OpenEd 2015 in Vancouver, a conference focused on exploring developments in open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices. I attended this conference when it was last hosted in Vancouver in 2012 and was delighted to… Continue Reading →

BCcampus Open Textbook Project Presentation at VIU

On January 15th Clint Lalonde from BC Campus visited VIU to talk about the BCcampus Open Textbook Project.  Clint Lalonde manages the Open Education department at BCcampus and is an extremely experienced educational technologist in all aspects of teaching and learning…. Continue Reading →

Going Text-less

By Sandra Johnstone, Teaching Faculty Member, Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, VIU A round of applause This semester – Spring 2014 – I experienced a first in my teaching career. While we were reviewing the course outline for… Continue Reading →

Some thoughts on Textbooks, Open Textbooks and Reviewing for BCCampus

by Jessie Key, Teaching Faculty Member, Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, VIU Textbooks are one of the primary resources of instruction for most courses at the university level. They can act as a framework or backbone to the topics… Continue Reading →

Adopting Open Textbooks Workshop

On May 27th I attended a workshop organized by BC Campus titled Adopting Open Textbooks held at Camosun College in Victoria.  BC Campus has been running a series of these workshops starting off at Thompson Rivers University, University of Northern… Continue Reading →

Guide on the Side: Flipping the Classroom

A teacher’s value is not in the information stored in their head, but rather their ability to pull together the best learning resources to produce a desired outcome.  The modern teacher is (or should be) more an aggregator of resources… Continue Reading →

British Columbia moves ahead with Open Digital Textbook Project

Last year at the OpenEd 2012 Conference held at UBC, the BC government committed to being the first province in Canada to offer students free, online, open textbooks for a variety of popular subjects. It was an exciting announcement for… Continue Reading →

Entering the Open Education Textbook Debate: Information Wants to be Free

The recent BC Government announcement on funding the creation of open access textbooks for the 40 most popular courses in post-secondary education has caused a great deal of excitement, both on the side of those advocating that commercial access to… Continue Reading →

Open Access and Scientific Publishing

Recently in honour of Open Access Week, PhD Comics posted a video (liked to and embedded below) explaining what open access means and why the scientific community should take notice. It very clearly lays out why open access is important… Continue Reading →

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