~ C T E n e w s l e t t e r ~
November 2020
This marks the beginning of an important week of learning with Capilano University’s Truth and Reconciliation activities. We hope you are able to join some of the events this week planned by Indigenous Education and Affairs. This is also Open Classroom week - an opportunity to discover what your colleagues are doing in both their synchronous and asynchronous courses. We have 14 classes open this week for you to visit. Join one or all and reflect on what aspects can be incorporated into your own teaching. Thank you to the generous faculty who have opened their virtual doors! 

Laura MacKay
Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence

Open Ed @ CapU 

Who is using open resources at CapU? 
The visibility of Open on campus is growing, from Chemistry to Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies to Statistics. 

  • In 2020 alone, over 25 courses at Capilano used Open Educational Resources 
  • This resulted in savings of $123,200 for more than 850 students 

Take a look at which courses currently use open textbooks at CapU. 
Fall 2020: 
Find out more about what is happening at Capilano with our Open Education Sustainability Grant from BC Campus by reaching out to Open Education Faculty Associate Alyssa Hamer. Read Alyssa's latest blog. 
Thank You to our CTE Ambassadors! 

Did you know that we have 20 CTE Ambassadors representing all the different Schools at Cap? 
You may have seen one of them giving an update on CTE initiatives and workshops at your recent department meeting. But were you aware that they also connect with CTE on challenges, suggestions and concerns specifically in your area? We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to all our ambassadors for playing this important role in liaising with CTE and making sure we connect with as many faculty members as possible.  
Christy Goerzen 
Becky Wayte 
Blake Rowsell 

Zoe Evamy 
Michael Molson 
Dave McMichael 
Nancy Nowlan 
Mandy Koolen 
Laura Carr 
Tanya Wrobleski 
Peter Sinclair 
Hammond Tarry 
Lydia Watson 
Tracey Azlyn 
Greg Coyes 
Pam Gliatis  
Carol Schoen 
Bridget McClarty 
Jerome Genz 
Alison McNeil  
School of Performing Arts 
kálax-ay/Sunshine Coast Campus  
School of Tourism Management and School of Outdoor Recreation Management 
IDEA School of Design 
School of Legal Studies 
School of Business 
School of Business 
School of Humanities 
School of Allied Health 
School of Education and Childhood Studies 
School of STEM 
School of Social Sciences 
School of Communication 
School of Access and Academic Preparation - EAP 
School of Motion Picture Arts 
School of Access - CDO 
School of Access - ABE 
School of Global Stewardship 
School of Human Kinetics 
School of Public Admin 
Happening this Week: Open Classroom Week 

Open Classroom Week is in full swing, with visits, inspiration, reflection and appreciative dialogue on teaching and learning. Come join us! Thank you to all the instructors, who have opened the virtual doors to their synchronous and asynchronous classes this week: Nazmi Kamal, Michael Begg, Dara Greaves, Lydia Watson, Bridget McClarty, Derek Murray, Celeste Chamberlain, Becky Wayte, Laurie Prange and Lily Yen. 
Read more and sign up here  

Updates: the Teaching & Learning Advisory Committee 

The Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee provides a forum for discussion on the issues related to teaching and learning enhancement and a campus culture that recognizes, promotes, and celebrates effectiveness in teaching and learning. Advice and recommendations are provided to the Centre for Teaching Excellence, the Senate Subcommittee on Teaching and Learning, the Educational Technology Advisory Committee, and the University as whole as appropriate.  There are representative members from all faculties as well as the CFA, Indigenous Education and Affairs, and a student representative. The first meeting of the committee is on November 4th. Please contact Brit if you’re interested in joining or finding out more. 
What’s New in Zoom/MS Teams 
Notification settings have a new look 

Check out the new notification settings in Teams. The updated organization makes it easier to find the exact notifications you want so you can keep track of the activity you care about. To access, Settings > Notifications

New attendee audio option for meetings 

Meeting organizers can now disable attendee mics to prevent them from unmuting during a meeting. In Meeting options, go to Allow attendees to unmute and switch the toggle to Yes
Get these updates and other minor fixes by updating to the newest version of MS Teams. Click here to learn how. 
eLearn Xtreme Makeover 
Is your eLearn course looking a little drab and dated. Do you want to make it easier and more engaging for you and your students - then it is time for a refresher makeover! 
Please contact CTE – cte@capilanou.ca - and book your “free” consultation with one of our DYI reno experts... 

Have a look at a blog post about one of our faculty's “before” and “after” experiences.
Upcoming Teaching & Learning Support
Every Thursday
Ready to take your in-class activities to the next level? Would you like to finish the semester with a bang? Upcoming Teaching with eLearn Thursday workshops will focus on how to move some of your favourite face-to-face interactive sessions onto eLearn, e.g. field trips, think-pair-share. The 30-min tutorial sessions will focus on the “mechanics” of eLearn by walking you through the steps. Each session will answer a question “How do I …. on eLearn?”.   Future sessions will focus on moving your final exam to eLearn and grading and providing feedback. 

Funday Fridays: Social and De-tress, every Friday, 3-4pm

We had our first successful Funday Fridays. The people, who participated really enjoyed sharing their thoughts, the relaxing conversations while ending off their week with a smile on their faces.   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 

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

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

Teaching & Learning Pedagogy 

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 

Liberating Structures - Online Next meet-up: Nov 26, 1:00-2:20 pm 

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.