~ C T E N E W S L E T T R ~
January 2021
Welcome 2021

My hope for 2021 is that we will meet together again in familiar places with renewed energy and inspiration. Kevin Gannon wrote “there has never been a more difficult time to teach in higher education than in our current moment” (Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, 2020).  This was written pre-COVID. Kevin also wrote “teaching is a radical act of hope...It is an assertation of faith in a better future in an increasingly uncertain and fraught present. It is a commitment to that future even if we can’t clearly discern its shape”.  

Our collective path forward, although challenging, is an act of radical hope: that teaching matters, that students matter.  We in the CTE are here to support you in your acts of radical hope for 2021.  

Laura MacKay
Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence 
Spring Pre-Semester Support - January 4th - 8th
A week of programming to support you as you get ready for the semester. 
See a full list of workshop below, or click here to sign up or for more info!
Connecting with Students and Building Community
Welcome to our Courses!

The first two weeks of your online course offer a unique opportunity to create a learning space that feels welcoming and coherent for students. Your first welcoming message will set the tone for the entire course. Click here for examples from CapU colleagues.
3 Ideas to Get You and Students Off to a Strong Start 

It’s week one of your remote course and you are determined to create a welcoming learning environment that encourages students to thrive and achieve their learning goals. It sounds doable, but where do you start? Read more 
Humanizing the Syllabus

Michelle Brocansky’s Liquid Syllabus encourages student connection and engagement from the start. If you want to learn more about how to support students, join Laura Mackay and Mary Giovannetti Jan. 4th 10-11:30am for Humanizing your Course: Supporting Students from Syllabus to Assessments 

Book a Student Digital Ambassador for Your Class 

Student tech issues? The SDAs are back in January to help your students navigate the ecosystem of online and remote learning technologies. You can invite an SDA to the first 10 minutes of any of your classes for a quick intro to Zoom, MS Teams, eLearn, Webex or Wordpress for ePortfolios. Contact Barry Magrill to book.  
What's New in MS Teams/Zoom?
Happy New Year from MS Teams!  New features include: Live polling in a class meetingTogether mode scene selectionupdates to the Insights app to better measure student engagement and Breakout rooms! Get these updates by updating to the newest version of MS Teams.

For Zoom users, there's news too!  You can allow participants to choose their own breakout room and make your PPT your virtual background. Get these updates and other minor fixes by downloading and installing the latest updates for zoom.
Support from CTE
One-on-One Consultations
Click here to book your individual or departmental session now!
Synch/Asynch Course Preparation
(30 min per session)
January 8, 2021
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

eLearn Checkup
(30 min per session)
January 8, 2021
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Help Session for New eLearn User
(45 min per session)
Tue - Wed
11:00 am – 11:45am
5:00 pm – 5:45pm
For educational technology support, reach out to edtech@capilanou.ca to book a consultation with our Educational Technology Specialists.
Virtual Support
CTE Daily Virtual Support
Monday - Friday
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Evening hours available for January!
Tuesday & Thursday
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Click here to join or save the link

Student Digital Ambassadors
Virtual Support
Monday– Saturday
(except for Stat holidays)
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Click here to join or save the link

Virtual Support:
Decolonizing & Indigenizing Curriculum
Every Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Click here to join or save the link
ePortfolio Drop-In Support
ePortfolio Faculty Associate Brian Ganter is available to help you with setting up and integrating ePortfolios into your curriculum. Email Brian or drop-in for support.

Drop-in Support every 2nd and 4th Wednesday
January 13, 27
February 10, 24
March 10, 24

Click here to join or save the link
Library Corner: Curated Suggestions from the CapU Library
Spring Workshops & Programs  
We have a wide variety of workshops, support sessions and consultations to help you build a solid foundation for your course and start the year with confidence. Check the CTE website for registration and times


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.