As a follow-up to the presentation I made at your last UCIPD meeting I'm pleased to announce the BCcampus 2007 Online Program Development Fund has now been officially announced.
The 2007 round of the Online Program Development Fund has two categories:
1. Courses and Co-created Content
2. Professional Development
Of special note is the inclusion of Professional Development. The 2007 OPDF acknowledges the growing importance of complementing online learning development and delivery with educator professional development resources on how to effectively do so.
A complete description of the guidelines for each of the two categories, along with an FAQ, and application form is available from the BCcampus web site at: http://www.bccampus.ca/EducatorServices/CourseDevelopment/OPDF/CallForProposals.htm
In recognition of the upcoming summer vacation period the deadline for receiving proposals is September 28, 2007.
Feel free to forward this information on to others you think may be interested.
A frequent request in the previous four years of Online Program Development Funding, has been for support in the formation of partnerships across institutions wanting to submit collaborative proposals. In 2007, to support formation of joint partnerships BCcampus has established a 2007 OPDF discussion and partnership formation discussion forum in both the EdTech Online Community (for partnership formation between and among public post secondary institutions) http://community.bccampus.ca/bccampus?go=1584130 and the BC eLearning Marketplace and Expo Community (for partnership formation between public post secondary institutions and BC eLearning companies and not-for-profits) http://community.bccampus.ca/expo?go=1584153. BCcampus encourages the use of these forums to find, develop and sustain OPDF collaborations.
As UCIPD members you may want to use this SCOPE forum to discuss potential professional development proposals too.
Response to the previous four rounds of the OPDF has been very positive resulting in many innovative projects.
We look forward to building on that momentum with this 2007 round.