Thank you for joining us on this journey – we’re looking forward to learning from and with you.
Fiscal 2018/19 was about personal and professional development at BCcampus. Through innovative opportunities such as the Indigenization Project, we’ve seen our mandate and capacity evolve and expand with an organization-wide commitment to actively focus on purpose, potential, and inclusivity. As well, and perhaps most importantly, our entire team has dedicated themselves to improving our knowledge and understanding of the Indigenous communities whose land we inhabit, to find ways to acknowledge, respect, and engage in Indigenous pedagogies.
This annual review is intended to share our accomplishments and activities over the past 12 months, to share where we are going and commemorate how far we’ve come.
Building relationships, building connections, building trust
BCcampus acknowledges the Coast Salish People, Lkwungen, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, on whose traditional territories we are privileged to live, work, and play. The learnings we’re developing through the Indigenization of BCcampus – embracing ways of knowing and being – are helping us build strong partnerships with other groups that share our interest in open education and teaching and learning, as well as our system partners and stakeholders. Through the co-creation of the Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions; Professional Learning Series open educational resources, we are learning to incorporate Indigenous epistemologies into our actions and understandings, supporting decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization to advocate systemic changes in the post-secondary environment of B.C.
Committed to access
Access and accessibility have been consistent motivators throughout our story and this can be seen in how we organize our events, such as the Festival of Learning, which was inclusive by design. We looked at everything that might prevent people from attending, then created systems to overcome those barriers – including all-gender washrooms; free childcare; deeply discounted tickets for early-bird registrants, students, speakers, and volunteers; accessibility with preferred seating in the most accessible areas of each room; healthy meal choices; and more. We will continue to adopt and adapt learnings from events we host and attend to help us get to a point where the focus of all attendees is on what they’ll learn, without worrying about the logistics of their basic needs.
For me, this past year reaffirmed our commitment to Learning, Doing, and Leading: we’ve taken everything we’ve learned since we first began in 2003, analyzed what works, refined what doesn’t, and shared the results – whether we’re successful or not – with the rest of the British Columbia post-secondary community. Together we are building momentum, refining our processes and understandings, and improving our ability to provide teaching, learning, educational technology, and open education support to the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia.
We are proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we are excited about the opportunities ahead.
At BCcampus, we are innovators and implementers, leaders and learners. Our primary focus is to support the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia as they adopt, adapt, and evolve their teaching and learning practices to create a better experience for students. We achieve this through a supportive approach to advanced pedagogies, a focus on impactful practice, and collaboration with partners in B.C. and around the world. Funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, we are fiscally accountable and have implemented cost-recovery business models into our service catalogue to ensure our ability to provide value to the learners and institutions of B.C.
Our offices are located in Victoria and Vancouver, with many of our team using remote tools to engage and coordinate activities and events across the province.