~ C T E n e w s l e t t e r ~
October 2020

For many faculty, this fall is the first full semester of remote teaching and learning. It can be both exhausting and exhilarating. Wherever you are in the process, the CTE is here to support you through our daily drop-ins and individual consultations. If you are looking for inspiration, read below about how Kym Stewart has reimagined the three-hour synchronous class, or join the Open Classroom week November 2-6 to see how your colleagues are teaching remotely. If you have discipline specific questions, join us weekly with our Faculty specific virtual support. And if you want to build connections, we have just started a Funday Friday Social and De-stress.  

Laura MacKay
Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence

CTE 2019-2020 Engagement by the Numbers
With COVID and the transition to remote teaching and learning, engagement with the CTE 2019/2020 academic year has seen tremendous growth. We have reached 73.5% of all faculty at Capilano and offered over 100 workshops for faculty and students. This is an increase of over 352% from the prior academic year. 
Remote Adapted Teaching 
On October 7, CapU announced that “similar to this fall, the Spring 2021 term will continue in an adapted mode of delivery.”   

CTE offers workshops and practice sessions to get you started, or to further assist you in moving your course to a remote environment. Check out the:

How is that Class Going?
Formative Feedback & Assessment 

Are your students learning what you intended? What are you doing in your teaching that either helps or hinders their learning?

Formative feedback such as a Start-Stop-Continue activity can help you find out before it’s too late and can be done synchronously or asynchronously. Read more on Formative Feedback and Assessment, and check out this Faculty Focus article on Three Ways to Use Student Feedback to Improve Your Course
For Faculty By Faculty – updates 

Are you looking for help with an aspect of your course? Want to talk to other faculty who are also teaching remotely? You’ll be joined by a CTE Faculty Associate, Educational Developer, and an Educational Technologist. Drop-in to our Faculty-specific support sessions at the times below! 
Zoom link: Click here to join 
Reimagining the Three-hour Synchronous Online Class
Welcome to Kym Stewart’s
Three-Hour Circuit 
Kym’s innovative approach to teaching her course includes having four groups composed of 7-9 students participate in four alternating class components, which are each 25 minutes in length. Students all join at the beginning of the class and all come back together at the end of the class, after they have rotated through the four groups. Read more 
Open Classroom Week, Nov 2-6
Five days of online class visit opportunities
Feeling isolated in your remote teaching space this fall? Looking for inspiration, reflection and dialogue on your remote adapted teaching this fall? 
Join us for Open Classroom Week! 
November 2 - 6, 2020

The week will start with a live kick-off Zoom session, then during the week, a set of classes will be ‘opened’ for you to visit. Visit one or all, and in the process reflect on what can be learned about your own teaching. You can also choose to open your own classroom (synchronous or asynchronous) for fellow CapU instructors. The week will close with a Zoom session on the Friday as we reflect on what we’ve learned. Expect appreciative dialogue with colleagues and new ideas for teaching and learning to add to your (remote adapted) teaching repertoire.  

Read more and sign up here  
Decolonization is a Journey  
Where do you start with decolonizing and Indigenizing a course or program? 

The process begins with your professional development. Our Introduction to Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curriculum five-day micro course provides you with the basic principles required for decolonizing and Indigenizing curriculum. 95 faculty have participated in our two offerings of this micro course. Join us for our next offering in the Spring. Shawna Duncan our Educational Developer, Indigenous Pedagogies, is available weekly for for virtual support 9am - 10am on Thursdays and for individual consultations.

Missed that CTE Workshop?  
Don’t worry CTE archives recorded webinars at video.capu.ca in the Webinars Playlist of the CTE Channel. Click on the direct link for immediate access and browse the content.  
Or, check out some of the recently recorded webinars listed below: 

Work-Integrated Learning Update 
What do a student-led restoration project within the Howe Sound biosphere, gamification-based biochemistry research, and mentoring fellow students in the CapU Writing Centre have in common?
These are all examples of mutually beneficial projects and exciting opportunities for students, designed by Faculty Curriculum Members, who received sections of release through funding by the university’s successful proposal to the Ministry of Advanced Education (CO-OP WIL Initiative). Kudos to the fabulous 14 faculty members from across all campuses, representing 12 different credentials and programs, who are currently incorporating Work-Integrated Learning experiences into 28-plus courses at Cap.
To learn more about CapU’s WIL initiatives and how these are supported through the CTE, Career Development Centre, CityStudio, Riipen and others, contact CTE WIL Faculty Associate, Sue Dritmanis 

 Update from The CapU Liberating Structures Group
 Min Specs for Enabling an effective student learning experience online 

  1. Be responsive and build relationships  
  2. Keep things simple  
  3. Don’t make assumptions 
  4. Encourage participation and opportunities for engagement  
  5. Accommodate student interests 

Join the next Liberating Structures Meet-up for faculty on October 29th at 1pm 

CTE Recommends 
Reducing Student & Faculty Stress with Outdoor Walks
The middle of the new semester is a stressful time, add onto that a global pandemic and it’s no wonder we feel stressed. This article from Faculty Focus gives some ideas on how even when teaching and learning online, incorporating outdoor walks can facilitate student encounters with nature to reduce stress. 

Academic Integrity
A recurring topic at the moment is promoting academic integrity and reducing incidents of academic dishonesty. But what can be done? Here are a few ideas from Teaching Online. Instructors may also find this Academic Integrity Toolkit from Dalhousie University useful. In addition to adjusting how our quizzes work in eLearn, we should also look at how our assignments and assessments are designed. Here are some suggestions from Inside Higher Ed

Want to make your Zoom sessions more engaging?
Check out this article from Teaching in Higher Ed: How Do You Make Zoom Breakout Rooms Less Boring? Instead of Google Docs, keep student data private by using MS Teams to share documents and provide a space for students to collaborate. 

What’s New in Zoom & MS Teams?
Read our latest blog post  
 Antiracism Resource Hub 
Ki Wight, recipient of the 2019-2020 Teaching Innovation Fund, has co-created an eLearn site with engaging with antiracist educational practices, and other topics relating to race and a more socially just educational landscape. The themed sections contain readings, videos, podcasts, web links, free online courses, and other resources. The eLearn site is also available within the interdisciplinary library research guides for Indigenous Resources, History & Activism, and the Anti-Black Racism Reading List. 

Upcoming Teaching & Learning Support
These 30-min sessions provide hands-on tutorials for moving your face-to-face assessments,
instructional activities, etc. to eLearn. Each tutorial focuses on the “mechanics” of eLearn by walking you through the steps and answering a “How do I …. on eLearn?" question. Sign up for one of the available sessions/dates. Resources related to each of the sessions will also be provided.  Register now!

Funday Fridays: Social and De-tress, every Friday, 3-4pm
If you need to let off some steam, have your say or commiserate with colleagues, you are not alone!  Bring your coffee, tea or kombucha and join us this and every Friday to hang out with instructors from across CapU. Share experiences, ask for advice, offer solutions or just let off some steam with a small group in one of the breakout rooms or in the larger hangout. We look forward to seeing you there!  Join now or save the link!

ePortfolio Drop-in Support Hours
Drop-In Hours: 11:30 am -1:00 pm 
Every 2nd and 4th Monday: November 9 & 23, December 14

New to ePortfolios? Want to find out what they are all about? Already using ePortfolios and want to build new projects? Are your students doing projects and need help setting their ePortfolio up? All of these are good reasons to visit our ePortfolio drop-in support hours. Brian Ganter, CTE's ePortfolio lead, will respond to questions and concerns one-on-one. Faculty and students are both welcome. Drop-in now or save the link!

Upcoming CTE Workshops & Events 

Remote Teaching & Educational Technology 

Online Assessment and Exams Fri, Oct 23, 2-3pm, Fri, Nov 27, 2-3pm, and Mon Dec 14, 1-2pm 

Accelerate Learning in Zoom Nov 5, 2-3pm

Convert Your Syllabus to an eLearn Course 3-part series, Nov 9, 10, 13, 10-11:30am or Dec 14, 15, 18, 10-11:30am

Teaching & Learning Pedagogy 

Liberating Structures - Online Next meet-up: Oct 29, 1:00-2:20 pm 

Open Classroom Week Five days of online class visit opportunities. Nov 2-6 

Assessing Journals, Open Access, and Author Rights in Publishing Thurs, Nov 5, 12:30-1:50 pm (from our colleagues at the library) 

Moving Beyond Multiple Choice – Workshop Series Starts Mon, Nov 9, 9-10:00am
Developing Student Feedback Literacy Wed, Nov 18, 2-3:00pm 

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) - Remote Adapted Dec 9, 10, 16, 17. See website for detailed schedule. 

Scholarly Teaching 

FLC: Teacher as Researcher Full! New FLC starting in January. Contact Mary for details.


Other Teaching & Learning Events

The Open Education Conference Virtual Nov 9-13, 2020  

BC Campus: Studio20 Nov 17-19, 2020 


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.