Education Technology

Ed Tech Resource Center Technology For Learning

The  education technology resource center provides advice, training and assistance to Okanagan College faculty in all program areas in instructional practices and delivery methods that reflect 'best practices' in the application of technology to teaching, learning and research.

We offer:

  • Online Learning Expertise and Support
  • Faculty Development
  • Instructional Media Services
  • Classroom Technology​

For a graphical look at our services please see this Mind Map.

Ed Tech News

  • EdTech is located in B120 on the KLO campus
  • Blackboard Collaborate is integrated with Moodle and is available for every course running at OC.
  • We are now running Moodle version 3.5
  • Respondus LockDown Browser is now installed in all OC computer labs. Prevents access to anything else on the computer while moodle quiz in progress.
  • We are slowly shifting from VGA to HDMI as the connection standard to OC classroom projectors.
  • Some classrooms have Crestron wall panel controls rather than projector remotes. This also includes Crestron AirMedia with the ability to connect wirelessly to the projector from Windows, Mac, iOS or Android devices.

Moodle

The following resources cover a variety of different topics in Moodle

Toolbox

This section of our web site describes technology tools for learning.

Resources

Education Technology Coordinators are plugged into the world wide community of learning technology and often come accross interesting reading, videos and links. You can find those here (in the sub menus) as well as our helpful Elearning guides.

Had some excellent exam-taking guides forwarded to us by the author of one of the links about asking good questions in the Innovations Portals section.

Open Education

Welcome to OC Open Education – The Online Home for Open Education Initiatives at Okanagan College.

Open is education resources (OER) are, “teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions” (International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 2016). Downes (2007) simply defines OER as materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone.  

Open education includes open source software, open textbooks, and open learning materials with Creative Commons licenses. Open is a trend in higher education that follows the open source movement in technology, when an innovation is available to an entire community and can be implemented and improved upon by others. Moodle, the College’s Learning Management System, is also open source, as are embedded activities such as the H5P activities faculty and instructors use to encourage student engagement.

In British Columbia, open education is supported by BCcampus, a publicly funded provincial organization formed in 2003 that has created a community for educators to collaborate and learn more about open education resources. Provincial support for OER is provided in the form of funds through grants for educators to develop, adapt, and support open education initiatives. In 2012, the BC Open Textbook project was launched, which has aided in the development of open textbooks, open scholarship, and open practices. BCcampus continues to offer grants for activities such as open textbook reviews, sustainability grants, time release grants, and development of open resources.

Libraries tend to lead the provision of open education initiatives at institution, alongside teaching and learning centres. In BC, the BC Open Education Librarians (BCOEL) group was established in 2013. It is a supportive community for BC librarians to learn about OpenEd practices. The group builds support for librarians and faculty in advocating for the use of OpenEd resources at their home institutions by sharing knowledge and practices that can impact higher education. BCOEL promotes and supports advocacy efforts through event planning, sharing guides, documentation and reports, and building a community of practice. Faculty and instructors are encouraged to contact the Library to adopt, adapt, or create open education resources, and to engage with their students to advocate for affordable learning materials.

Open Education Initiatives at OC

In 2021, OC received a $10,000 grant from BC Campus to develop an open education strategy for the Institution. Previous and ongoing efforts at the College include:

  • Open textbooks - working with professors, instructors, and OC Student Associations to increase the adoption of open textbooks at Okanagan College. OC faculty have created, adapted, and adopted open textbooks in a variety of disciplines, including business, communications, geography, and adult academic and career preparation;
  • Open Education action weeks and events to share information about OER.

Open Education Resources at OC

News

More information about OER