BritishColumbia is Canada’s westernmost province.B.C.’s post-secondary system is made up of 25 public universities and colleges throughout the province.BCcampus is a publicly funded organization that uses information technology to connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework.With a goal to connect, collaborate and innovate we provide valued services to institutions, ensuring BC learners, educators, and administrators get the best, most effective technologies and services for their learning and teaching needs. We are continually developing BC’s learning capacity by providing services and leadership.Vancouver: location map. Map. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 8 Aug. 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/55169/Vancouver-BC>.
BCcampus is a government-funded organization that operates independently to serve the needs of the post-secondary sector.BCcampus gets its strategic direction from aSTRATEGIC COUNCIL made up of6 institutional representatives from the post-secondary sector2 representatives from the government Ministry of Advanced EducationThe BCcampus CEO
BCcampus has three lines of business:Student services and data exchange – “federated services”Collaborative programs and shared servicesCurriculum development and academic growthhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/etobicokesouth/4870756626/ used under Creative Commons License
Our goal for our first line of business -Student Services and Data Exchange -- is to create a secure and trusted data network among BC’s post-secondary institutions.With our network “backbone” we enable real-time student information transfer, with links to online learning resources and information provided by post-secondary system partners.Our largest service is ApplyBC, which handles over 100,000 student registrations per year. Our data exchange systems benefit both students and institutions: they streamline student transfers between institutions and eliminate duplicate databases.They also let institutions generate up-to-date reports on recruitment, application and learning resources by accessing real-time data on students and business.
BCcampus’sgoal is to foster and support the formation of collaborations and partnerships between institutions that leverage knowledge, reduce costs and generate benefits for students. By sharing services, we can help reduce overall costs for the post-secondary sector. Collaborative Programs:--Two or more institutions who consolidate courses and offer them as one program; --meaning a student can take courses from a number of institutions all leading to one credential. --We currently have three programs offered under the Collaborative Program model, with more on the way. Shared Services:BCcampus finds ways to consolidate educational technologies (like Learning Management Systems or web conferencing) and offer them cost-effectively to many institutions. We can do together what one institution may find difficult to do alone. With our partners, we acquire innovative technologies and services for teaching and learning, and provide collaborative educational models for faculty and instructors.
Curriculum development and academic growthOur third focus is to provide educator support through:-- online communities of practice,-- re-usable tools and resources,-- professional development strategies, -- technology training, and -- online program development. Academic growth supports the development and sharing of teaching and learning practices and supports several collaborative community networks. Our group creates infrastructure for online communities, threaded discussion tools for members to collaborate on projects or engage in dialogue, and RSS feeds.
BCcampus administers the annual Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) --funds are for thedevelopment of curricula in the form of credit-based academic, online courses and resources and professional learning resources. --Annual funding from the government of British Columbia supports the OPDF. --Since 2003 the OPDF has made 145 grants worth $9 million.--Resources developed from OPDF grants are shared on a Repository (screenshot is of the Shareable Online Repository SOL*R).SOL*R is the ever-growing repository for materials developed from BCCampus’ Online Program Development Fund (OPDF).All materials are available – for free – under a B.C. Commons license; educators and students all over B.C. can use and even enhance SOL*R resources (as long as they promise to share).SOL*R has grown to include open-learning content from sources outside B.C. and the OPDF program.Freelearning.ca is also available: highlighting educational resources anyone can use under the Creative Commons license.
Intro to BCcampus
A short introduction to BCcampusFriday, August 12, 2011