BCcampus Events

Just a reminder that BCcampus hosts some amazing online events that are available for post-secondary educators across B.C., and mostly free!

Some sessions to check out:

FLO Zoom sandbox sessions – want to try out some Zoom features in a safe an helpful environment?  These sessions will be for you!

FLO Fridays – fun and inspiration as you explore a variety of online learning activities

Miss a session?  You can review recordings of past sessions, as well as access resources, by clicking on the Past Events Archives button.

Check out the complete list (and registration) at BCcampus Events.


Finding Online Images to Supplement your Course Materials

Last week, I was excited to see on the Open Education Challenge site, a challenge called “How do I find a Creative Commons licensed image to use in my course materials or presentations”.

I wanted to share with you here the resources presented on this site, and to give you a few more.

  • Creative Commons image search – to search for licensed and public domain works
  • Unsplash– photos that are free to use, no permission required but attribution appreciated
  • Pexels– stock photos that are free to use, attribution is not required, adaptation is permitted
  • The Noun Project – Creative Commons-licensed icons

In addition to these resources, our Camosun Library also has some great resources and tips for finding and using images online.

  • Start with the Open Culture tab on the Open Libguide. Here you will find links to sources of copyright-friendly images and music.
  • And explore the Art History Libguide, but make sure to know what the copyright licencing is for any images you find – ask one of our friendly librarians if you’re not sure!
  • Find some guidance on how to use images under Fair Dealing at the Copyright Libguide.
  • And also on the Copyright Libguide, you will find some tips for posting images (etc.) on D2L.

Have other sources? Add to the comments!

ETUG Workshop – Online November 6th

This year ETUG proudly presents its Fall Workshop online! Join us on Friday, November 6th (8:30am – 5:00pm) for COVID and Beyond: What’s your Metaphor? Registration is Free, and you can attend all the sessions, or come and go as it works for you.

Join presenters from across the province who will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities from the past 8 months. We will also have space for informal conversations, and to reunite with your fellow ETUGgers.

Check out the program and register ASAP to ensure your spot!

In addition, we will be continuing the conversations from various presentations on our ETUG Slack. Join the ETUG Slack to get in on the action.

BCcampus Events and COVID recordings/resources

I wanted to take a moment to send a shout-out to BCcampus who has been stepping up big time to support people (faculty, staff, students) working in post-secondary across BC (and further afield).

Over the past several months, they have delivered many webinars, collected resources from a variety of sources, and created materials designed to help us all adapt to and survive in this brave new world.

It is a stressful time for all of us moving online in ways we never thought we would (and in ways some people would have thought to be impossible), but we are doing it! And BCcampus has been there to support us all the way.

To learn more, and explore the many resources visit the BCcampus Adapting to COVID-19 site. And to register for webinars, or view past recordings, visit BCcampus Events.

BCcampus Calls for Proposals for Creating OER

In case you missed it, BCcampus has posted a new set of Call for Proposals for creating Open Educations Resources (OER). Find out more at:

If you have any questions about OER or Open Pedagogy, check out these BCcampus resources, or contact Emily Schudel (schudele@camosun.ca).

Festival of Learning – Program and Registration

The Program for the Festival of Learning (May 11-13) is now up.  Register now so you don’t miss out – it’s going to be amazing!


Celebrate Learning and Teaching in B.C. post-secondary education and explore the theme of Disruption and Transformation

Held every two years and welcoming 500 attendees, the Festival of Learning is B.C.’s largest conference about learning and teaching in higher education. This is a great opportunity for faculty, instructors, students, leaders, librarians, learning designers, educational technologists, and accessibility educators/professionals to network and learn together.

BCcampus Accessibility Workshop Resources

Awhile back, I posted about the BCcampus BCcampus Inclusive Design Webinar Series.  But I since realized that I hadn’t followed up with a link to the resources which were posted later at BCcampus.

So, without further ado, here are the Accessibility Workshop Resources which include the presentation slips, and information on how to create accessible webpages, Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoints, etc.

If ever you have questions about how to create accessible documents for your WordPress sites, D2L course sites, or Open resources, or about how to create and edit closed captioning for videos you create in Kaltura, contact desupport@camosun.ca to arrange to meet with an instructional designer.


BCcampus’ Festival of Learning (and Call for Proposals)

Some of you have heard of, and maybe attended, BCcampus’ Festival of Learning in the past. It happens every 2 years, and I am excited to let you know that the 2020 Festival of Learning’s Call for Proposals is up and ready for you to submit to!

The Festival will take place May 11-13, 2020 at The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in downtown Vancouver, and this year’s theme is all about Disruption and Transformation in Higher Education.

To find out more, and submit your proposal, go to Festival of Learning Call for Proposals (https://festival.bccampus.ca/call-for-proposals/) – deadline is November 15th.