Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Stories |

Open Professional Learning at BCcampus

The announcement for Open Education Week in 2011 brought about a flurry of activity. There are so many excellent learning opportunities thanks to educators willing to share their expertise and resources. This prompted some reflection among BCcampus staff on how we have walked the talk when it comes to OPEN professional learning. Here is a summary. SCoPE For the past 7 1/2 years, the SCoPE community has gathered together educators, researchers, students, administrators, and software developers from all over the world. When the idea for SCoPE came about, an open, international community that would also support educators locally was not your typical model for professional development. Nor was a sustainable community of practice model the norm, where ideas for learning opportunities emerge through participation, and where members demonstrate their passion for learning and sharing by volunteering and giving back to the community in a variety of ways with no exchange of funds. Throughout the years of organizing and hosting a variety of online activities — seminars, workshops, conferences, MOOCs —...

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2012 in Event Recap, Events |

Writing an e-book about e-books for fun and no profit

In February, 2012 we came together in the SCoPE community to learn about what is involved in writing and publishing e-books. As part of the process we began to assemble an e-book about e-books. It’s still a work in progress! Go to these Google Docs and jump in: Doc 1 – We are sketching out the chapters, adding quotes from this forum, and links to media here Doc 2 – We are writing the actual book here: We tackled the HOW part of writing ebooks in this Web Conference: eBook Authoring Strategies and PlatformsRecording – Blackboard Collaborate As with all SCoPE seminars, our discussion was archived and remains available for afterthoughts. This event was organized in partnership with eCampusAlberta Professional Learning. Facilitator: Richard Schwier Curators / Researchers: Hilda Anggraeni and Diana Chan Web Conference facilitator: Scott Leslie Web Conference moderator Randy LaBonte Description I’m no expert, but I’ve written a few books and most recently a free e-book. I found the process to be similar in many ways to other books I had written, but different in some pretty...

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Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Great Background Site on Open Textbooks

http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/model/index.html As part of a large FIPSE grant, the Florida Distance Learning Consortium produced a site detailing a lot of the ins and outs of Open Textbooks. Especially helpful may be the sections on Tools for authoring and collaborating on Open Textbooks, and a long list of definitions of open textbooks, showing how diverse and understanding there are of this...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Preliminary Research on Possible Open Textbook Replacements

Based on the course outlines listed at https://ict.onlinecollaborative.ca/courses/course-text-books.jsp Scott Leslie undertook initial research of known sources of Open Textbooks and OER to determine if there existed any suitable replacements. His search uncovered a number of potential candidates which are listed in detail at...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Possible Collaborative Authoring Environments

Over the past year Scott Leslie from BCcampus has been investigating various potential collaborative authoring environments for open textbooks. The key elements of such an environment are that it be web-based and allow for public viewing of the content facilitate collaboration by multiple authors provide multiple output formats, including basic ones like HTML, PDF and ideally ebook formats ideally that it allow for new versions and remixes of the textbook to be easily created There are likely others, these are just some high level ones used to try to constrain the scope. Many of these have been installed on the BCcampus Sandbox server at http://sandbox.bccampus.ca/open-textbook-authoring/. In addition, a key component of open projects is how well they attract additional collaborators and reusers. A major strategy in this regards needs to be using existing open textbook platforms for development. In this regard both Connexions and Wikieducator are major contenders for consideration, as they both have sizeable user populations already focused on creating open educational resources. –...

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