~ C T E N E W S L E T T E R ~
May 2021
Last week’s Teaching & Learning Symposium reunited so many of us in inspiring, supportive, and reinvigorating ways. A total of 232 faculty, staff, students, knowledge keepers, Elders, and Indigenous scholars shared and facilitated throughout the week. Many of you documented your experiences of the past year in our Heart, Hope, and Healing Virtual Blanket. Thank you all for joining and sharing! 

Remember that our virtual doors are open to support you, so reach out to connect, learn, ask, or give feedback.  

Laura MacKay
Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence 

Looking Back at an Amazing Week
2021 Capilano Teaching & Learning Symposium: Land & Decolonized Place-based Learning 
The Heart, Hope & Healing Virtual Blanket was a space during the symposium to share with future generations feelings around this past year and to honor ourselves and each other. Take a look at what was shared. 

 Reminder: Please complete the symposium Feedback Survey
CTE Virtual Support - Summer Hours 
Connect with us virtually! 
We are available for one-on-one consultations throughout the summer, Monday through Friday. Email us or contact us directly via Teams. 

Ed Tech Help:
Contact Frank or Mary at edtech@capilanou.ca 

ePortfolio: Brian Ganter 

Decolonizing & Indigenizing Curriculum: Shawna Duncan 

Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Sue Dritmanis 
Educational Developers & Faculty Associates: 
Connect with us to support you in your teaching, course design and lesson planning, answer questions and to explore any new ideas for innovative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. Email cte@capilanou.ca or contact Brit, Bettina, Mary, Barry, Derek, or Jacqueline directly. 
Mixed Mode & Blended Course Design Support 

Are you planning a mixed face-to-face and online course? The CTE will be reaching out after May 21st to those who are scheduled to teach a mixed-mode (also referred to as blended) course for Fall 2021 to provide course planning support. If you’d like individual support before May 21st, contact Brit at britparis@capilanou.ca 

Online Course Development Support & Resources   

For faculty who are considering building a fully online course this Fall, the CTE has developed a supported course design process with templates and individualized support based on evidence-based promising practices for effective online learning. Contact us at cte@capilanou.ca and we'd be happy to set up a meeting to review the resources available to you.  

Student Digital Ambassador (SDA) Updates 

The SDAs are working through the summer to support students struggling with eLearn, Zoom, Teams, Kaltura and more. Your students can reach out to the SDA helpdesk and get live support Monday to Saturday from noon to 6 pm. Contact the SDAs at sda@capilanou.ca or log into the SDA Teams account, which all students have access to.  

Did you know know that the SDAs recently supported the Student Research Symposium? Contact barrymagrill@capilanou.ca to book the SDAs to provide student support at your Fall 2021 orientation event.  

What’s New in eLearn  

  • The Student Digital Ambassador block will now appear automatically in the course shell.
  • Zoom integration into eLearn. Create and embed your Zoom meetings directly into your course shell instead of posting links for your students. These meetings can also be managed on your Zoom account page at zoom.capu.ca. Create recurring or one-off meetings, attach dates and grades to them, hide and unhide, and with a single click, start the meeting from your course site.  

What’s New in Zoom 
  • Immersive view Recreate the feel of your class or conference room by placing up to 25 video participants onto a single virtual background.  To switch this feature on, follow these instructions 
  • New Annotation Tool: Vanishing Pen In addition to the arrow and spotlight tools, Vanishing Pen will allow the annotator to mark on the shared screen, but the markings will fade away within a couple of seconds. This provides easier highlighting of information without having to undo or erase annotations.  
  • Full Emoji Suite for Reactions  Any emoji available for other devices are now available as a reaction in a meeting. The host can also restrict reactions to the standard set or allow use of the full emoji suite. 
To update to Version 5.6.3, go to https://zoom.us/download  

Open Education Resource Opportunity

What if you and your students created an OER together in class as their course assessment?
Learn how with the SPARC* open educational leadership program. SPARC* is accepting applications from faculty in Canada - deadline May 28, 2021. SPARC* is an intensive online professional development program aimed at empowering instructors with the knowledge and skills to create OER for their classrooms.

Quick Facts about OER in BC 
  • About 100,000 students in B.C. have saved as much as $10 million as a result of open textbooks. 
  • More than 520 faculty members at 25 public post-secondary institutions in B.C. have participated in the open-textbook initiative. 
Library Corner: Curated Suggestions from the CapU Library
Upcoming Workshops 
Course (Re)Design Workshop – May 18th to 20th 

Instructional Skills Workshop – June 7th to 10th 

External Conferences and Events 
Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (2021) (Online):
May 30 - Jun 1, 2021 Conference website 

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.