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 Open Education - the online home for open education initiatives at Okanagan College.

Open is an emerging trend in higher education and one that we are excited about. The genesis of open education is in the open source movement in technology; one innovation available to the whole community that can be implemented and improved upon by others. Moodle, our learning management system, is open source.

In addition to open source software, Open Ed impacts in higher education include open educational resources. Open Educational Resources (OER) is best defined by Downes (2007):
"Open educational resources are materials used to support  education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone"

One type of  OER is open textbooks. BC Campus is considered a global leader in this area and has 90 reviewed textbooks available for download, free of charge. 

Open Education Initiatives at OC

Open textbooks - working with OC Student Association to increase the adoption of open textbooks at Okanagan College.  There will be an "action week" in the winter semester. Date coming soon.

Open Education Resources at OC

OC Library Libguide for Open Textbooks
Join our Okanagan Open Education Google Group

News
Optional Textbooks?
Is this course textbook really needed? Students wait to find out before buying.

BC Campus Calls for Proposals
BC Campus has grants available for different open education initiatives.

Survey

The purpose of this survey is to establish baseline data on open textbook use at Okanagan College. Open education practices are growing throughout British Columbia. In fact, many faculty at Okanagan College have adopted and are adapting open educational resources (OERs) to help their students overcome cost burdens and make education more accessible. Open textbooks are one type of OER. OERs include, “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”
This survey measures the adoption of open textbooks at Okanagan College in order to find out approximate savings for students. The results of this short, voluntary survey will be publicly available.  All fields are optional.

The Open Education Working group at Okanagan College hopes to organize activities that support open education in the near future. If you would like to learn more about how you can help students reduce the cost of textbooks, or if you would like to be notified of efforts to advance the adoption of OERs at OC, please provide your email address or join our group here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/okanaganopen

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this short survey.

Open Textbook Survey