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June 2020

We continue to be inspired by our colleagues during this new reality. In many ways we have built stronger connections with each of you in the past three months than ever before. Many thanks for your participation in our educational technology workshops and virtual support sessions. Our Online Teaching Fundamentals micro course had 189 faculty participate and our Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curriculum micro course had 70 faculty participate. We learn by doing, which fundamentally means learning from each other and building a supportive community of learners: a key goal of the CTE. We have several workshops planned throughout June. Please see details below.

Have an enjoyable summer term or stay-vacation! 

We are open this summer!

June - August

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Drop-in Virtual Support
June and July

Monday - Friday
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We are pleased to introduce you to a few firsts for the CTE: 

  • Student Digital Ambassadors
  • Decolonization and Indigenization Support and Resources 
Capilano Student Digital Ambassadors 

The Student Digital Ambassadors will provide peer-to-peer support for students navigating the online environment and the educational technology tools used at Capilano. The Ambassadors have received training and mentoring from the CTE.
Our ambassadors will support students in navigating the online learning environment principally in the following ways: 

  • Providing weekly virtual student peer-to-peer support for online learning and use of educational technology tools 
  • Assisting our Educational Developers in creating educational technology resources for students 
  • Supporting students with uploading assignments, using MS Teams or WebEx for presentations, or using other educational technology resources such as Kaltura video and eLearn  

Ambassadors will be available virtually in Teams.

Monday to Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Share this link with your students to connect with one of our Digital Ambassadors  

Decolonization and Indigenization
Support and Resources  

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curriculum Virtual Support

Weekly until June 18 with Shawna Duncan

Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Over the next several months, the CTE will be exploring various themes that seek to enable and promote the decolonization and Indigenization of educators, curriculum, and ultimately the institution in its Newsletter.

Each CTE newsletter will feature a Decolonizing and Indigenizing Resources section, which will be broken into weekly resources to watch, listen to, and read for all aspiring allies.  

You are encouraged to connect with other aspiring allies throughout the month and join the virtual monthly Aspiring Allies Gathering. At the monthly virtual gathering, aspiring allies will have an opportunity to engage with the weekly decolonizing and Indigenizing resources and support each other as aspiring allies.  

Aspiring Allies Gatherings:   

3 Wednesdays
June 24, July 22, August 19
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Click here to join ** No registration required.

Link to this month's resources, which are available on the CTE website:

Student Success in Online Learning Environments 
Students, like their instructors, may have experienced challenges along with successes in adapting to teaching and learning in an online environment. Listed below are a few resources that you may consider sharing with your students to assist them in making the transition from a face-to-face to an online learning classroom.   


Frequent Requests Received by the CTE  

During our virtual support sessions, the CTE has received a number of requests for help with remote adaptive teaching in these two key areas: Creating quizzes in e-Learn and using the book function in e-Learn to organize your course. 

The following recorded webinar and short videos are expected to be helpful in getting you started with creating quizzes and Book Function in e-Learn: 
Creating Quizzes in e-Learn:   

*Note: Use Chrome Browser to access videos listed below:

Book Function in e-Learn:
The Book Function enables you to design your e-Learn course site so that material is organized like a multi-page document with chapters and sub-chapters and features a Table of Contents that makes information easily accessible to students.
Click on this link for a demonstration of the book function in e-Learn: 

Making Ed-tech Fun, Again

Educational technology has evolved quickly in the last few years, especially in online learning. Once upon a time, you could adopt a new App without even creating an account but now the ed-tech environment is riddled with ethical choices, privacy laws, and complicated software. At a time when we’re pulled in so many different directions in terms of ed-tech, it’s comforting to listen in on this conversation about making ed-tech fun.  

Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast with Bonni Stachowiak and Tannis Morgan from BCcampus.  

Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning: The Debate 

When it comes to planning your upcoming courses, it is important to consider a number of factors when deciding how you will meet the learning outcomes of your courses. One key factor is which combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning works best to meet the learning outcomes as stated in the course outline. 

Consider the course content, student availability, student needs, the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous learning, and what would work best to build a community of online learners.

The following articles explore the pros and cons of both synchronous and asynchronous approaches and recognize the value of including both approaches.  

Calendar of Events  
Getting Started with WebEx
June 8, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
This session is for faculty who are just getting started with WebEx. We will cover: 
  • Setting up a host account to host sessions 
  • Sharing documents or sharing your screen 
  • Recordings 
  • Student access and communication 

MS Teams for Teaching
June 10, 2020, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  

This session is for faculty who wants to set up a class team for student collaboration and virtual office hours. We will cover: 
  • How to access MS Teams 
  • How to set up a class team 
  • Creating channels for group work and collaboration 
  • Hosting meetings and virtual office hours in MS teams 

WebEx Breakout Rooms
June 11 OR June 24, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

This session is for faculty who have experience with WebEx meetings, and who are looking to use the WebEx Training Centre and break out rooms for teaching synchronously online. We will cover: 
  • Setting up a training session 
  • Creating polls  
  • Creating breakout rooms  
  • Using other interactive features inside a training session 

Creating Interaction and Engagement in the Synchronous Classroom  
June 16 OR June 30, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

This session is for faculty who know the basics of using Teams and WebEx, but would like some more ideas for how to create interaction and engagement. We will: 
  • Discover tools in Webex and Teams that can help support interaction 
  • Explore facilaition techniques that encourage interaction and create space for learning

Maximizing e-Portfolio Use
June 17, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

e-Portfolios are an effective tool for student assignments. Learn how to maximize the potential for student self-reflection, peer-to-peer sharing and ideation. 

Creating Video in Kaltura
June 18, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

The Kaltura video platform is a simple but powerful tool for creating video for your students and by your students. Learn more about how to create short but compelling videos segments. 

Setting Up Your Course in eLearn
June 22, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   

This session is for faculty with limited or some experience with eLearn, who would like to explore how best to format and use eLearn to support student learning. We will: 
  • Explore different options and principles for clear learning-centred formats and design in eLearn 
  • Discuss ways to guide and direct students asynchronously 
  • Consider formats and tools that work for your course(s)  

eLearn Special Topics
June 23, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
This session is for faculty who would like to dive deeper into special topics or activity options in eLearn. Final agenda will be decided based on input from registrants.

Kool Ideas in Kaltura
June 25, 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  

The Kaltura video platform has a variety of options that can enhance your videos. Learn about how to include chapters, quizzes, and interactive transcripts and more. 

Online Teaching Fundamentals
August 17 – 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  
This five-day micro course is designed for faculty interested in developing and/or teaching an online or blended course. This course is delivered both asynchronously and synchronously. Each day begins with a daily webinar covering a different topic of course design and delivery that is followed by self-paced activities that allow you to build on what you learned. The course models an approach you can take with your students. 

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.