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    Available workshops

    Drop-in sessions are scheduled every Monday from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

    This workshop is for those who are new to Moodle - for those new to KPU or just have not used Moodle before. In this hour, we will introduce what Moodle is, how it is being used at KPU, how to navigate in Moodle, and will show you what it takes to simply setup your course site. We will cover topics such as uploading content to your course site and communicating with students using Moodle. Lastly, we will show you how to backup your course content.

    7 January 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Location: Richmond 2050

    8 January 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

    9 January 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Location: Langley 2025

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    Interested in using videos in your Moodle course but not sure where to start?

    This webinar will describe the basics of video management. We will demonstrate how to upload and manage videos in your Moodle course, and how to setup a video assignment and provide audio/video feedback.

    22 January 2020, 2:30 PM – 22 January 2020, 3:30 PM

    Location: Webinar

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    Have you thought about implementing synchronous learning opportunities into your blended or online course(s)? Synchronous learning experiences provide multiple ways of interacting, sharing, and the ability to collaborate and ask questions in real-time. Big Blue Button is a tool integrated with Moodle that allows faculty to design opportunities for students to engage with one another and with the instructor. The instructor can host a large session or can create breakout rooms for smaller groups. Opportunities for students to host are also possible.  Synchronous learning experiences can be engaging, collaborative, and interactive. Come to this workshop, curious, leave with practical ideas on how to incorporate synchronous learning experiences into your classes.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Location: Webinar

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    A camera can function as an incredibly powerful tool in the classroom. From assessment & feedback to documentation & analysis, using a camera in your class encourages experimentation, collaboration and creativity. Whether you own a cellphone or a DSLR camera, including photography and videography within your curricula and classroom activities can positively impact learning outcomes and learner experience. In this workshop you will learn how to use your own camera as well as a collection of other cameras and photography technology. No photography experience required. Participants will need to bring their own camera(s) to the workshop. Phone cameras can also be used.

    6 March 2020, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

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    If you are thinking about creating quizzes in Moodle but do not know how, this workshop is for you. In this workshop, we will introduce different ways of creating quizzes and/or importing quizzes via question bank. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to: recognize the settings and components of Moodle quiz, identify the usage of a variety of question types in quiz, create and edit your own quiz within Moodle, reuse, import, and export questions via question bank.


    25 March 2020, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

    15 April 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Location: Richmond 2160

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    Are you looking to create collaborative group activities for your course(s)? This workshop will prepare faculty to design activities and resources that foster discussion, critical thinking, analyzing, critiquing, sharing ideas, reflection, and the development of communication skills through group activities in Moodle.  Creating forums, debates, wikis, and working groups using the group function in Moodle facilitates group work inside and outside the classroom as well as streamline faulty supervision of these activities.    

    By the end of this workshop, faculty will begin to create activities that can support student achievement of the learning objectives in their respective courses.

    6 March 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Location: Richmond 2155

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    Note: This webinar is for members of the Intercultural Teaching Program Alumni group only.

    Increasingly, higher education institutions are recognizing that the merit based systems we have in place only recognize a very narrow set of knowledge, approaches and perspectives. Originating in Western European traditions this creates barriers to knowledge generation and dissemination. Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are increasingly being recognized as drivers of innovation, excellence and student success. This in turn is creating a growing demand for knowledgeable and skilled EDI professionals to lead institutions into an era whereby the research ecosystem embraces and leverages EDI.

    How can we support currency of knowledge about issues of EDI in higher education? How do we provide shared access to resources, practices and information? How do we provide a combined voice to support structural and systemic change across institutions and how do we support each other to identify actions and solutions to problems within our individual institutions? With increasing focus on institutional EDI action plans and the recent launch of the Tri-Agency Dimensions program, how can we best network to share promising practices, useful resources, challenges and successes?

    Join Dr. Denise O'Neil Green, Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (VPECI) at Ryerson University as she interrogates practical approaches to forming an EDI Community of Practice in research and provides steps higher education personnel can take in creating sustainable EDI communities

    March 10 2020, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Location: Surrey A2410

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    Bored by traditional assessment tools and strategies? Wondering about the connection between outcomes and assessments? Interested in gathering information and ideas for assessing learning? Searching for creative ideas for assessment? Wondering about how to use Moodle to ease your assessment woes? Interested in expanding your pedagogical toolbox? This session will be of interest to you!

    This dynamic and interactive session will provide participants with an opportunity to

    • Describe the connection between outcomes and assessments
    • Acquire several alternative strategies for assessment
    • Discover creative assessment strategies designed by KPU colleagues
    • Discover how Moodle can be used for assessment
    • Explore successes and challenges of your KPU colleagues!
    24 March 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Location: Surrey A2410

    25 March 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Location: Langley 2010

    Many educators use slides as a digital projection of their talking points. However, slides designed using empirically derived principles of multimedia learning are a powerful teaching tool that can dramatically improve student outcomes. This workshop introduces faculty to some of the research and theory behind the principles of multimedia learning, illustrates examples of these principles, and give faculty the opportunity to explore how to implement these principles in Powerpoint. Participants will need a laptop with Powerpoint (desktop version).  

    Please note that the workshop will be facilitated using Powerpoint 2016 (PC & thin clients) but participants can also use the Mac version of Powerpoint 2016, and many of the features covered in the workshop are available in Keynote (Mac) and Google Slides.  

    10 January 2020, 1:30 PM – 10 January 2020, 1:30- 3:00 pm

    Location: A2410

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    Developing and modelling intercultural capacity has become an important objective for university staff and faculty. We are working and interacting in environments that are increasingly diverse and are required to prepare our students for a workplace that expects them to have a thorough understanding of diversity (demographic, cultural and cognitive) and an ability to work effectively across difference.

    This three-day program will provide a foundation for KPU professionals to plan the creation of a classroom culture of inclusion by reflecting on our intercultural capacities, reviewing intercultural theories, reconsidering inclusive pedagogies for the changing student demographics and revising learning outcomes to support intercultural capacity development for all students.

    Registrants must commit to participating in all 3 days (9:00 to 4:00). 

    Day 1

    • Exploring culture in the classroom
    • Our individual intercultural development

    Day 2

    • Facilitation for an inclusive classroom
    • Intercultural communication 
    • Supporting diverse and inclusive student teams and group work

    Day 3:

    • Internationalization of the curriculum
    • Developing intercultural learning outcomes
    • Assessments and learning activities​

    13 January 2020, 9:00 AM – 27 January 2020, 4:00 PM

    Location: A2410

    6, 20, 21 May 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location: A2410

    23, 24, 25 June 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Location: A2410

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    Are you wondering why we need technology in education? Questioning what technology to implement and how? Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Please join me for a discussion group of all things tech, why, how and what? This discussion/learning group is meant to provide a safe supportive environment to understand (the drivers of change in education and identify how they impact your teaching practice. Topics will be flexible and determined by the group. We will begin in September with a presentation on the drivers of change and evolution of technology in education. Topics the following month could include technology basics, digital pedagogy, course redesign. For more information please contact leeann.waddington@kpu.ca

    Date: TBD

    Location: TBD

    New to KPU?  New or newer to Teaching?  Interested in learning more about teaching? 

    Join Gina and Leeann from the Teaching and Learning Commons and your colleagues for the Instructional Foundation workshop. This instructive, interactive and engaging two-day session has been designed to provide faculty with an overview of basic course design and instructional principles! Topics to be covered in these engaging two days include 

    •  Course outlines and presentations (syllabus) 
    •  Assessment basics 
    • Engagement strategies 
    • Learning activities 
    • and so much more!   

    Note: The 2 day workshop will be held on February 12 and 26.  Participants must be able to attend both days.


    12 February 2020, 9:00 AM – 26 February 2020, 4:00 PM

    Location: A2410

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    In this 1 hour and half session we explore differing cultural assumptions that relate to citation and identify approaches to support students in applying citation rules. You will leave with an approach to discussion citation requirements and tools to help your students learn and apply this skill.

    15 January 2020, 11:00 AM – 14 January 2020, 11:11 AM

    Location: A2410

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    The Instructional Skills workshop (ISW) is for faculty who are interested in developing or improving upon their teaching and learning processes. This intensive 4-day workshop can accommodate a maximum of six participants and is facilitated by an experienced ISW Facilitator, who is also a KPU faculty. Participants review ideas about teaching, check current practices and, within a safe and supportive environment, deliver three short lessons. Find new ways to reach your learners and receive peer feedback that will assist with your instructional development. In addition, you will also benefit from the supportive relationships that can grow between participants. We look forward to sharing this enriching workshop with you. Overall Purposes of the course: 

    To work in a collegial, peer-based instructional process on methods of teaching actively, experientially, interactively, and in a participatory manner. 

    To foster a safe educational laboratory environment in which instructors have the opportunity to conduct individual experiments on their teaching practices. 

    To give instructors the opportunity to develop a strong campus-based support system so they can continue to get peer feedback on their teaching over time. This course is the equivalent of ID3220 of the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma Program and your Letter of Completion will be accepted for credit for that course in the program. 

    February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location: Cloverdale 1855

    April 21, 22, 23, 24, 2020, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

    May 25, 26, 27, 28, 2020, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Richmond TBD

    June 15, 16, 17, 18, 2020, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

    August 4, 5, 6, 7 2020, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Langley TBD

    August 24, 25, 26, 27 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Location: Surrey TBD

    October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Cloverdale TBD

    December 14, 15, 16, 17, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Location: Richmond TBD

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    You may have heard of UDL, you may have been to a UDL workshop or you may have tried some UDL strategies in your class. As the name suggests, this one hour session will be dedicated to a snappy presentation of 12 simple UDL strategies that you can implement in your class starting today to support inclusion, address conceptual conundrums, ease marking, and push engagement. We’re gonna move fast and we’re gonna move well so bring along your pens for questions, your phones for pictures, and your collaboration hats because we’re also gonna want to keep the conversation going.

    6 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

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    Any good instructor works hard to address the needs of the students in their class, from answering questions to changing class activities (midstream!?) to improve engagement. Quick, ad hoc modifications can not only be stressful, but may not end up meeting your learning outcomes or supporting students in developing depth of knowledge. In this half-day workshop, we will develop a sense of how ad hoc modifications come to be and how we can use that valuable information to deliberately design course activities, projects, assignments, and evaluation that address learner needs. Please come prepared with three examples of ad hoc modifications you have encountered in your teaching. We will work together with these examples to make a move to thoughtful planning that you can start implementing immediately.

    10 March 2020, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

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    Curious about your responsibilities for students with disabilities? 

    Do you have students requiring academic accommodations? 

    Have you received a letter showing accommodations that you don’t understand? 

    Do you have concerns about accessibility matters such as test accommodations, audio recording issues, note taking or attendants? 

    Unsure about how to have conversations about disabilities?  

    We invite you to come have conversations about accommodations. Each conversation will be led by Seanna Takacs, accommodation expert in Accessibility Services and a member of the Teaching and Learning Commons team. No question is too big or too small; we hope to see you soon. 

    17 March 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

    19 March 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Location: Richmond 2050

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    Academic accommodations enable access for students with disabilities. Access to courses and programs of study for persons with disabilities in post-secondary institutions is a human right in Canada so from a humanist, legal, and ethical standpoint, it's important to get accommodation planning right. Join me in Accommodations 101 to learn about the ins and outs of access, where to find support, your rights and obligations as an instructor, and how to create harmony around accommodation planning. 

    3 March 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

    5 March 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Location: Richmond  2630

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    Instructors often use high-stakes assignments as part of their summative assessment strategy. Designing effective summative assignments requires instructors to consider a number of variables. In this workshop, participants will review an outcomes-based approach to assignment design, explore variables to consider, and learn about specific strategies for designing effective assignments. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their assignments with the group for feedback, and conversely hear about assignments from the group for inspiration.


    5 March 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Location: A2410

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    Last year KPU launched an open pedagogy fellowship program in which KPU faculty were paired with faculty from Montgomery College (Maryland, USA) to design course assignments that focused on the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs). This inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary, and international program led to the creation of 9 “renewable assignments” that will go on to have a larger audience, life, and impact than traditional course assignments. During this student showcase event, you will hear from participating faculty from KPU and (virtually) Montgomery College, along with students from both institutions. For more information about the program and to watch brief video summaries from the KPU faculty participants, visit: https://www.kpu.ca/open/un-sdg-fellowship

     Note: The UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship is being renewed for 2020 and the call for applications will be shared at the student showcase event.

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    Open Pedagogy may be understood as an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education and as a process of designing architectures and using tools for learning that enable students to shape the public knowledge commons of which they are a part. In practice, open pedagogy can involve creating, adapting, or updating open educational resources with students, building course policies, outcomes, assignments, rubrics, and schedules of work collaboratively with students, or facilitating student-created and student-controlled learning environments. This session will introduce principles of open pedagogy, showcase examples of innovative applications at KPU, and equip you with resources and mentorship to support further experimentation. 

    16 January 2020, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

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    Wordpress is an open-source platform that powers a quarter of all websites. It is especially popular as a platform for blogging, including by students as part of their coursework. This workshop will introduce you to Wordpress and its potential applications within education, with a particular focus on its use for student blogging assignments and e-portfolios. You will learn how to set up and customize a course blogging site powered by Wordpress. You will also learn about SPLOTs, privacy-conscious tools which makes student blogging within Wordpress easy and accessible; http://splot.ca/ 

    7 April 2020, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Location: Surrey A2410

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