April Newsletter
As April brings the end of the Spring semester, and a seemingly endless mountain of marking, we wanted to acknowledge the hard work that faculty do each and every day. By working alongside the faculty the CTE has been able to see the exciting and innovative learning environment faculty are creating in and outside the classroom. As we look forward to May, we are excited to share our upcoming programs and events including the 2018 Teaching and Learning Symposium.

Please visit our website https://cte.capilanou.ca
Upcoming Events
Brown Bag Lunch Series LB 133 11:30-1:00pm
April 16 : Teaching successes and lessons learned
*no registration required

Instructional Skills Workshop
May 2-4, 8:30am-4:30pm

2018 Teaching and Learning Symposium
May 7-11

Course Design Workshop
May 22-25 8:30am-4:30pm
* revised dates

Active Learning Online Workshop
June 1-15 (Online)

For more information and to sign up email cte@capilanou.ca
New Centre for Teaching Excellence Interview with the Capilano Courier. Read here.
Register now for the 2018 Teaching & Learning Symposium, May 7-11
Course Design Workshop, May 22-25

This 4-day workshop is for faculty who are designing a new course or reinvigorating an previous course whether in person or online.

During this workshop faculty will engage in:
  • course design
  • mapping course content
  • defining outcomes
  • selecting instructional strategies
  • evaluating learning

Active Learning Online Workshop, June 1-15
This will be the second iteration of our successful 2-week workshop developed specifically for CapU faculty interested in complementing or rethinking a course with active learning activities online. The course emphasizes the value of collaboration with peers online, and models active learning examples in order to facilitate understanding and reflection of the online learner experience. Participants will draw upon existing teaching experience as they experiment with a practical learning activity online of their own choice and gain feedback from peers. Participants should expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours per day or 8-12 hours per week on the course activities, including group work and participation in the 3 scheduled WebEx sessions.
The workshop will prepare you to:
  • Demonstrate an Ed Tech Tool or Online Learning Process based on active learning
  • Adopt/develop a student-centered active learning approach to online learning
The workshop is delivered exclusively online via Moodle and WebEx. Scheduled Live Online Sessions (WebEx):
  • Monday June 4, 1pm-2pm
  • Monday June 11, 1pm-2pm
  • Thursday June 14, 1pm-2:30pm

  Instructional Skills Workshop, May 2-4

The Instructional Skills Workshop is an internationally recognized program designed to enhance teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the workshop, participants design and deliver three 10 minute lessons and receive feedback from their peers in a supportive environment. Participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, writing learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for encouraging active learning, and suggestions for evaluation of learning, and engage in reflective practice. The ISW counts as a three credit course in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP 3220: Delivery of Instruction).
Limited to 12 participants.

For more information and to sign up for any of these workshops, email cte@capilanou.ca
or visit the CTE website https://cte.capilanou.ca/program-events/
Congratulations and News
Congratulations to Maureen Bracewell who was selected Best Professor at the second annual Best of Capilano Awards presented by the Capilano Courier. Read more about Maureen here.

Congratulations to Derek Murray for the successful oral defense of his PhD dissertation, A ‘Colony of Unrequited Dreams’? Settler Colonialism and the Failed-Settlement Narrative in the Ottawa-Huron Tract, 1850–1910.

Aurelea Mahood is an invited speaker at UBC's one-day symposium on ePortfolios on May 1st. She will be presenting on Capilano's e-Portfolio project with a particular focus on our peer mentor initiative.

Congratulations to Bob Muckle who was awarded a Community Heritage Award for Heritage Advocacy by the District of North Vancouver. This award is in recognition of the archaeological work, education, and community outreach Bob has done in relation to the field excavations of early Japanese camps in the Seymour River Valley.
How to Balance Frequent Assessments with Faculty Workload

Small frequent assessments are important for student learning but can add to faculty workload. Here are a few suggestions for Efficient Teaching from Small Pond Science.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS) can also be used throughout the semester to enhance learning and check for understanding. Best of all, they are formative (non-graded) so they don't add to the marking load. Here is a list of CATS
Changes in the K-12 Curriculum
What impact will the changes to the BC K-12 curriculum have on post-secondary institutions?
Did you know that Communications 11 and 12 will be discontinued? Or that the curriculum emphasizes personalized learning and collaboration with community? Or that First People's Principles of Learning has been integrated in the curriculum.

The CTE has been working with the other post-secondary institutions in BC to be prepared for the new changes and to collaborate with the School Districts.

Read more here about 5 key changes to the BC curriculum. 
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