~ C T E N E W S L E T T R ~
March 2021
What can an accessible and inclusive learning environment look like in your course? This month we focus on ways to make learning accessible and inclusive by rethinking assessment approaches, using different delivery modalities, and incorporating open educational practices.

Laura MacKay
Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence 

Accessible & Inclusive Assessments 
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The pivot to online has forced us to reconsider many things about the way we teach and learn, but one of the most impactful choices we make is how we design assessment. There are good alternatives to traditional assessment methods that can help reduce the barriers and disadvantages magnified by the pandemic. These articles offer design choices that can make the difference for students in your course: 
Mary Burgess at BC Campus asks who is being left behind by current assessment practices and offers design alternatives. 

The Taylor Institute proposes a set of principles and strategies to guide meaningful assessment design with enough flexibility to meet the needs of a diverse group of students. 

A rich, searchable resource for innovative assessment ideas to promote student engagement and provide alternatives to high stakes examinations.  

Accessibility Resources
  • What’s the learning experience like for students with disabilities? What can I do to help them learn? Visit the Justice Institute of BC’s webpage to learn about the disabilities CapU students experience, what instructors can do and case studies that provide the students’ perspective.

  • All post-secondary institutions in BC have a legal requirement to provide students with an equitable opportunity to access and to fully participate in post-secondary education. Learn about the instructor’s and the institution’s Duty to Accommodate.

Towards a Pedagogy of Inclusion 

A practical and reflective guide for faculty by Capilano University faculty Julia Balck, Annabella Cant, Nadja Neubauer and Kym Stewart. 
Who’s Behind that Video? 

Want to make your online course more accessible? Video can be a tool to let students see a more personal side of their instructor and to let you see a more personal side of them. Video helps create a social and cognitive presence. Universal Design for Learning, when applied to video, has the capacity to engage learners with multiple means of representation, self-expression, and accommodates alternative ways of understanding. Check out Helen J. DeWaard’s resource

A Break from the Screen: Learn by Audio – for you 

Faculty Focus now offers insights via live podcasts. Recent episodes include such compelling topics as Using Trauma-Informed Pedagogy; Asynchronous vs Synchronous; and Seeing Instructors as People, Not Just Textbook Reciters  

Teaching in Higher Ed is another great podcast source. Check out this recent episode with Maha Bali from Equity Unbound on building trust and community.
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How to Ensure Teams and Zoom are Accessible 

Teams and Zoom have many built-in features that, when used, can make the synchronous components of your course more accessible for all students, and many don’t require additional effort on your part!  For example: 

Get more information about accessibility features in Teams by clicking here and in Zoom by clicking here or pass the links along to your students so they can take control of their learning. 

Academic Integrity Module Launched
A self-paced learning module is now available on eLearn to help students meet Capilano University’s academic integrity standards. Faculty can add the module as a prep activity for an exam or essay assignment, as a pre-course activity for Summer 2021 or as a response to an academic integrity violation (per Section 2 of Academic Integrity Procedure 2017-05-01). Everything you need to know about the new Academic Integrity Learning Module is available here. 

Open Education 
It’s Open Education Week! 

From March 1-5, join BC Campus for a series of panels, events, and challenges. Here's a sampling of what's on offer: 
A micro-learning challenge series designed for instructors and faculty to learn about open pedagogy and practices in a fun and low-stakes way. 
If you would like to learn more about open education and open educational resources but don’t know where to start 
A Discussion with Kory Wilson, Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at BCIT. 
CapU Open Education Information Hub for Faculty and Students 

It's official – The CTE has a new Open Education information hub for Faculty and Students. To browse resources or to get involved, take a look here.

Library Corner: Curated Suggestions from the CapU Library

Check out these library picks with focus on assessment practices: 
Congratulations & News 

Congratulations to Deb Jamison (Legal Studies) on Chairing and organizing the 2021 Paralegal Seminar Rising Above Adversity March 3, 2021. This is a significant undertaking and a huge kudos to Deb.

Barry Macgrill (CTE), Austin Cove, Mehmet Sarigul, Ishita Sharda, Brenda Cervantes, Alviss Luu, Josie Buno, Argel Monte de Ramos, Nandini Sharda
Etienne Rutkowski (CTE Student Digital Ambassadors) (February, 2020). Transforming Learner-to-Learner Remote Support. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning ISSOTL Connect 2021.

Brit Paris (CTE) & Jeffs, C. (2021, February). An open access guide to creating a teaching dossier [Conference session]. Educational Developers Caucus, Virtual Conference. https://edc.stlhe.ca/conference-2021/show-and-tell-sessions/

Bettina Boyle (CTE) (March 2, 2020). Provincial Virtual Instructional Skills Facilitator Workshop Buzz Group.

Virtual Support

Book a one-on-one with an educational developer by email
or join in
Mon - Fri
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Book a one-on-one with an educational technology specialist by email.


Contact Brian Ganter, ePortfolio Faculty Associate, for one-on-one support or join drop-in support
March 10 & 24
10:00 -11:30 am

Teaching & Learning Workshops  

Save the dates! 2021 Teaching & Learning Symposium - Land and Decolonized Place-based Learning, May 4-7 (call for proposals coming up).

We have a variety of workshops, support sessions, and consultations to help you build a solid foundation for your course. Check the CTE website for registration and times.
  • eLearn Check-up Fridays 10-10:30 and 2-2:30pm
  • Educational Technology Lunch and Learns Wednesdays 12-1pm
  • March 3 Microsoft/Office 365 Workflow for Teaching 
  • March 10 Introduction to Kaltura
  • March 17 eLearn Course Makeover
  • March 24 Microsoft/Office 365 Workflow for Teaching
  • March 31 ntroduction to Kaltura
External Conferences/Events 

The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) fosters excellence, innovation, and collaboration in teaching and learning by supporting faculty and staff through programming, mentoring, professional development opportunities, and research on effective teaching.