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February 2019
As we begin activities in support our BCcampus Open Education grant, we are thinking broadly and deeply about it means to teach and learn in the open. How can we encourage free and open access to knowledge and learning for both faculty and students? In November last year UNESCO approved Open Education recommendations to support access and affordability for all learners. These recommendations include building capacity, developing policy, encouraging equitable and inclusive quality open educational resources, creating sustainable models, and facilitating international cooperation. How can Capilano contribute to this?

In this newsletter, we share ideas about open education, our upcoming land and place-based learning dialogue series, and ongoing events and programs.

Laura MacKay, Director CTE

News from CTE
Welcome Shawna

We are pleased to welcome Shawna Duncan, our new educational developer focused on indigenous pedagogies. If you are looking for support with decolonizing and indigenizing curriculum, please contact Shawna. Read more about Shawna
Reading Break 

We are here and open during reading break. Drop by the Centre with any of your teaching and learning questions.

We still have space in our I nstructional Skills Workshop (ISW) February 18-20, 2020. The next ISW isn't until April.  
Liberating Structures Heroes! 
Pictured here are our Liberating Structures meet-up members committed to trying out a new Liberating Structure for engaging every student in their classes.

Click here for more info on our monthly meet-ups. 
We neglected to acknowledge Kym Stewart among the contributors for Capilano's Universal Design for Learning eLearn resource site. Thank you Kym and colleagues for all the work you have done on this! The faculty peer support is amazing! For those wanting access to the eLearn site, please email us for the password.  
Open Educational Events & Resources
Open Educational Resources (OERs) & Open Teaching
Using an open textbook can be an exciting opportunity for faculty to customize a course to their learners and specific context. Open textbooks can also mean huge cost saving for students and impact success, engagement and completion rates. But OERs are more than textbooks. They include any “ openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets” and are part of a larger Open Pedagogy  or Open Teaching movement that see learners are seen as contributors of knowledge and not just consumers of knowledge. In this newsletter we’ve collected some resources to get you started with Open Teaching. 

Open Education Week March 2-6, 2020 
Open Education: Transforming Practice through Innovative Classroom Projects 

March 3, 9am-12pm, CapU Lonsdale  
BC Open Librarians. Open to all. Free but registration is required.
Capilano University Open Education Showcase 

March 4 1:00-4:00pm

  • What is Open?
  • Faculty & student panel
  • Creative commons licensing
  • Intro to Pressbooks 

Lunch Provided Email to register 
Apply to review an Open Textbook at BCcampus 

To ensure the content in the BC Open Textbook collection achieves or surpasses the academic requirements of the post-secondary institutions of BC, applications are invited to a review an open textbook. Approved reviews will earn a $250 honorarium.  
Video with Dr. Robin DeRosa , professor of English at Plymouth State University and editor of Hybrid Pedagogy

“Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.” ( Wikipedia )
6 Ways to Get Started with Open Teaching  

1.      Include an assignment in your course to have students publish or share resources with a public audience.

2.    Use open educational resources as content in your course (i.e. see here for open case studies ). Find, curate and remix open educational resources in your courses and programs.

Encourage networking beyond the classroom. Have students develop an open blog or portfolio to....

What are other faculty & BC Post-Secondaries doing?

In this video, Dr. Jennifer Barker , a Biology instructor at Douglas College , says that a big turning point that sparked her interest in open education was when she had a student submit a written exam, filled with odd, sort of related, but way too specific answers.
Land & Place-based Learning:
A Dialogue and Workshop Series
Why learn about land and place? What does the land teach us? How might this be relevant to your teaching, your discipline, and your students? What does it mean that our campuses are located on the ancestral unceded territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations?

Join one or more of our upcoming dialogues and workshops on land and place as it relates to our teaching and learning at CapU: 

  • March 2, 10am - noon: Land as Teacher with Bonnie Van Hatten (Morgan) Secwepemc from St’uxwtews First Nation sign up now!
  • March 6: Dr. Lyn Baldwin: Spring into Land & Place-based learning - read more & register
  • March (date to be confirmed) Everything Cedar with Carman McKay, Musqueam/Stó:lō artist.
  • March 30 (time to be confirmed): Dr. Carrie Nolan, Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Coast Mountain College: Experiential Place-based Learning Sign up Now!

Additional Opportunities for Exploring Land, Place-based Learning and Pedagogies: 

Outdoor Classrooms at CapU 

Did you know that our North Van campus has several "outdoor classroom spaces" and a 1.6km walking trail ( CapU 50 Trail) to be used any time your class needs some fresh air and perhaps a change of pace or space? For example, in your next class, pair up your students and have them discuss a reading or class topic on a walk and talk.  
Workshops Spring 2020
Teaching Portfolios

Want to create your own Teaching Portfolio? Join us for our four-part series on developing your Teaching Portfolio. This is an excellent way to document evidence of your teaching and to showcase your teaching and learning accomplishments. Teaching Portfolios can be included as a self-submission in your evaluation file.

All session will be held on Tuesdays in Fir 402A from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m. on the following dates:

February 25
ISW Instructional Skills Workshop

Option 1: February 18, 19 and 20, 2020
Option 2: April 28, 29 and 30, 2020

The Instructional Skills Workshop is an internationally recognized program designed to enhance teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. The ISW is an intensive 24-hour peer-based experiential workshop grounded in learning-centered instruction.

Limited to 10 participants.

Active Online Learning

Tuesday, February 18 – Tuesday, March 3, 2020     
2 weeks online

This two-week workshop is developed specifically for CapU faculty interested in complementing or rethinking a course with active and engaging online learning activities. The course emphasizes the value of collaboration with peers online, and models active learning examples in order to facilitate understanding and reflection of the online learner experience. Participants will draw upon existing teaching experience as they experiment with a practical learning activity of their own choice online and gain feedback from peers.

Come practice and experience the power of Liberating Structures in a safe and welcoming peer environment. The practice group meets monthly and all faculty are welcome to drop in!

Learn more about Liberating Structures here

Last Thursday of the month at 1:00 – 2:30 pm in LB145.
February 27, 2020
March 26, 2020
Reconnect Reflect Recharge
Our first " Reconnect! Reflect! Recharge! event took place in early November and was so successful that the CTE is hosting a Spring 2020 Reconnect, Reflect, Recharge meet-up on

February 27, 2020 from 11:30 - 12:50 at the CTE.

You will have the opportunity to

  • connect/reconnect with colleagues from other disciplines,
  • reflect on your teaching experiences at Capilano, and
  • recharge after midterms.

Light lunch will be provided

This event is open to all faculty and limited to the first 25 people who sign up, so sign up now!
Upcoming Teaching & Learning Events
February 29, 2020 Kwantlen Park Secondary 

Tuesday March 10 2020
4:30–6:30 PM PST
Diamond Alumni Centre (DAC), Simon Fraser University

May 4 - 8, 2020

May 11, 2020 – May 13, 2020 all-day
The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
1133 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3

May 29-31, 2020 Atlanta 

June 9-12, 2020 Ottawa 

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.