November is the end of the semester for classes, a seemingly endless pile of marking, and in those spare few moments, an opportunity to think of the semester ahead. In this newsletter, we focus on last day of class activities to ensure that the end of your course is as memorable as the beginning. We also introduce you to Riipen - a new online platform for experiential learning.
Dr. Laura MacKay
Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence
Seasonal Social and Spring Syllabi
Light refreshments provided
Please drop by to celebrate the successful end of fall semester
and let us answer any questions you may have for your spring courses!
Wednesday, December 12, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Location TBA
Teaching Excellence Awards are back!! 

Nominations for 2018-2019 Teaching Excellence Awards are now open! Please encourage your students to participate. The nomination link has been sent to students through their CapU email.
on the intersection of arts and sciences, and the library as gateway to possibilities.
by Bettina Boyle

Did you ever feel you needed a neutral space to just be yourself, to explore possibilities and intersections and to reimagine the future of teaching in your field and beyond? Or perhaps at this time of year, a place to look inwards and reflect? 
That's a Wrap! Last Day of Class Activities
"First and last class sessions are the bookends that hold a course together" (Wiemer, 2016).

The first day of classes are a buzz of ice-breakers, active learning activities, and the excitement of a new beginning. In contrast, the last day of classes often end with a perfunctory nod of adjournment, 'have a good break''. The last day of class should be as strong and as memorable as the first day. This is your opportunity to leave students with closure for the class connections they have made during the semester, to help students reflect on the learning they have achieved, and to provide inspiration for the future. 
5 Ways to End a Course with a Bang
  1. Future Student Note. Have students write a note to a future student on what have they learned and how to succeed. With students' permission, you can share these in your syllabi the next semester.
  2. Concept Map. Have students complete a concept map of the course.
  3. 3-2-1: Have students write down 3 key concepts they’ll remember, 2 ways they can apply what they’ve learned, and 1 question they still have (from Techniques in Learning and Teaching).
  4. Reflection. Have students complete the statement, 'I used to think ____ and now I think_____'. This can be done anonymously on index cards and then redistributed back to the class. Each student then reads out loud the statement on the card.
  5. Class Connections. Send out a final email to the class or write a short note on the exam. Share what you have enjoyed about the class.

December 3-14, 2 weeks, online. A few spots still available!
 This 2-week workshop is developed specifically for CapU faculty interested in complementing or rethinking a course with active learning activities online.
Capilano University has recently renewed and expanded its partnership with Riipen for the next five years. Riipen is an experiential learning platform that connects in-class projects with industry partners. This is an opportunity for instructors to create non-disposable experiential assignments for students. Industry partners include non-profits organization so there are opportunities for all types of courses. Come and learn more on December 4 1-2:30pm in LB 18 8
See how other institutions have used Riipen:
  • Simon Fraser University  Faculty of Communications and Technology students worked on projects for the BC government, UFV, and a commercial real estate agency
  • The University of Waterloo Department of Management Sciences students developed an action plan to address a leadership or management challenge.
What's Happening in the Liberating Structures Practice Group Meet-up?
Take a peek at the snapshots from the November LS practice group meet-up!

Thanks to our facilitators, Enrique Gonzales and Chris Ladner for engaging and inspiring us with Drawing Together, 25/10 Crowdsourcing and Purpose to Practice.

Next meet-up is January 24, 2019, 1pm-2:30pm

All faculty are welcome! Drop in to participate and/or sign up with  CTE  to facilitate one of the structures.
10 Characteristics CapU faculty admire in their fellow instructors:
CTE Upcoming Events

November 26 – 30, 2018 This week - sign up today!

December 3-14, online. Only 3 spots left, sign up today!

Riipen Information Session
December 4, 1-2:30 pm, LB 188

New triangles starting in January 2019. Contact us for details.

Next meet-up in January 24, 2019, 1pm-2:30pm, LB145

Contact us for details.
Congratulations and News

Congratulations to Dr. Sylvia Kind who is having her work Small Exaggerations as part of the Textile Narratives Exhibit hosted by The North Vancouver Community Arts Council .

Congratulations to Bob Muckle on the release of the second edition of  Through the Lens of Anthropology: an Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture  co-authored with Laura Gonzalez.
Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Teaching and Learning Events
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver 
Friday, February 15, 2019 

San Francisco, CA
February 15-17, 2019

March 13-15, 2019

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)
UBC Vancouver
May 21-24, 2019
The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) fosters excellence, innovation, and collaboration in teaching and learning by supporting faculty and staff though programming, mentoring, professional development opportunities, and research on effective.