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    At the core of being an educator is a desire to help others learn and grow to become their best self. Appreciative Inquiry is a perspective-changing process that has a personal and professional impact.​ In the last ten years, there's a growing body of literature providing evidence for the use of Appreciative Inquiry in post-secondary environments. At its core, Appreciative Inquiry is about building on strengths to enhance innovation and capacity in human systems.  It provides a framework to focus on strengths and previous successes in the learning environment to support students learn while they adapt to the new online environment.  ​

    This webinar will provide an overview of Appreciative Inquiry and its underlying philosophical constructs. It identifies evidence of its application in various educational contexts, and the research findings supporting the benefits of this approach. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how Appreciative Inquiry tools might be used in their respective teaching environments.  

    As you prepare to facilitate teaching and learning activities remotely you may wish to participate in our BigBlueBasics webinar, which familiarizes you with the basic functionalities.

    In this session, we will help you to maximize this educational conferencing tool as an online learning environment using breakout rooms for group work, and the collaborative whiteboard for brainstorming, and solving problems. BigBlueButton can be used to facilitate student presentations, play videos, and conduct formative and summative assessments. Use BBB to host Q&A periods, virtual office hours, export group notes and shared discussions.

    NOTE: Prior to attending this session, please watch the BigBlueButton basics webinar: BigBlueButton Basics Webinar ​


    KPU students and faculty now have access to free Wordpress sites, which opens up lots of interesting pedagogical possibilities. In this session, you’ll hear from one instructor who has been blogging with her students. Learn how blogging can be used in a variety of classes, how to create and scaffold a blogging project, and how to set your students up for success. 


    Since moving to remote delivery many instructors have had to make changes in how they deliver class content and make their materials available to students. Moving resources online, posting materials to Moodle or elsewhere on the internet brings up copyright considerations.

    In this session you will learn:

    • What materials you can post online, in Moodle, or otherwise provide to your students
    • How much of any given material you can make available
    • The different ways in which you can make materials available
    Join Karen Meijer-Kline, Copyright Librarian, and learn about copyright, fair dealing, and open content. There will also be time to answer any other copyright questions you might have!


    In many courses, the ability to complete collaborative work in a diverse team is a key learning outcome. Without structured instruction and support, however, many student teams fail to develop effective work processes. 

    In this workshop, we will:

    • Compare strategies for forming teams. 
    • Incorporate explicit teaching on team/group processes into your courses. 
    • Facilitate the process of effective team formation and collaborative work in culturally diverse teams. 
    • Use strategies to minimize the possibility of social loafing.
    • Explore strategies for evaluating team projects.


    This workshop was developed to meet a growing interest in alternative formats to assess student learning. If you are interested in re-framing your current strategies, or are perhaps looking to develop new approaches, you will find this session helpful.

    In 90 minutes, we will examine and define the characteristics of these alternative methods and their place in effective course design. We will also discuss ways in which Authentic Assessments may be established in a course, and how their use impacts student learning. Examples will be provided for inspiration!


    Want to use OER but don't know where to find them?

    In this session, Librarians will show you their favourite places to find Open materials and will answer any questions you have about all things Open.


    In this 90-min session, faculty will be introduced to the concept of “folio thinking” and explore various strategies to create more profound learning opportunities for students using ePortfolios. The process of producing an ePortfolio characteristically involves collecting, organizing, and sharing learning experiences and subsequently reflecting on their value and their connectedness in order to construct deeper meaning over time. This session will focus on faculty opportunities to support students in creating ePortfolios and highlight best pedagogical practices for using ePortfolios as a powerful learning tool to create a culture of “folio thinking.”  


    This 2-part workshop is designed to provide you with an opportunity to explore foundational principles of intercultural teaching in the context of a supportive peer learning community. 

    In this workshop, you will: 

    • Describe your cultural and disciplinary identities and explore the impact of these identities on your teaching practice. 
    • Define intercultural teaching. 
    • Use value frameworks to increase your understanding of learning dynamics in the intercultural classroom.
    • Explore global models of education. 
    • Explore two theoretical frameworks that can guide your journey of intercultural teaching.
    • Begin a personal program of intercultural development. 

    Your learning in this workshop will take place through a blend of self-paced asynchronous activities and two synchronous sessions. You will leave the workshop with a personal intercultural teaching development plan to guide the next steps in your journey.


    Have you ever wondered how your international students’ experiences and values shape their experience of your class? 

    In this workshop, we will focus on listening to perspectives from several KPU students about what most impacted them in their transition to the Canadian classroom, and the small shifts that faculty can make to support student success.


    Do you find that there’s a learning task or assignment in your course where the majority of your students seem to continually struggle? Wondering if there’s a solution to this challenge? 

    In this workshop, we will explore a method called Decoding the Disciplines that systematically breaks down the process of helping students move through these learning bottlenecks. You will leave the workshop with a series of next steps to move forward with your students and strategy for building up a collegial network of support through the process. 

    FYI - The Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks book is (happily) available as an ebook in our library:


    Educators want to engage and connect with students virtually, and KPU's three supported conferencing tools can be used to hold office hours, deliver content and feedback, and create opportunities for students to connect, collaborate, discuss and reflect on key course topics and concepts.

    In this multi-day virtual workshop offering, faculty will explore exemplar activities that can be used with KPU's three conferencing tools to support best pedagogical practices. 

    NOTE: This workshop will focus on pedagogical approaches using KPU's supported conferencing tools and NOT the "how to's." All three 90-min sessions are held online, and each session is hosted in a different tool as follows: Session #1 in BBB, Session #2 in Teams, & Session #3 in Zoom.

    If you have not logged into BigBlueButton, Teams or have yet created a KPU Zoom account, you will be required to do so before attending the first session. 

    We ask participants to log in 5-10 minutes early to ensure we can start each session on time. We also recommend participants log in with a microphone and, if comfortable, be prepared to use their webcams to participate in all the session activities.

    This workshop builds on the principles explored in Foundations of Intercultural Teaching. We will explore how our implicit expectations about teaching and learning processes can create barriers for students and explore shifts to create a more equitable learning environment for all students. 

    Through a blend of asynchronous and synchronous learning, you will: 

    • Reflect on the ways in which cultural expectations and personal histories shape expectations of students’ skills and prior knowledge.
    • Identify the academic literacies/skills required to successfully achieve the learning objectives of a course/assignment. 
    • Identify strategies to find out student academic experiences. 
    • Practice strategies for adjusting content delivery and “making the implicit explicit.”
    • Redesign an assignment to include scaffolded skills development. 

    Prerequisite: Foundations of Intercultural Teaching or previous ITP


    In this second workshop , we discuss how to consider diversity and inclusivity when designing the course structure and assessment. We will suggest ways to support students' learning and engagement throughout the course and provide multiple ways of assessment that could support diverse leaners.


    This workshop provides support towards KPU's Vision 2023 goal to "embrace all cultures and promote a renewed, authentic approach to Indigenization". The session will be facilitated by KPU Library's Indigenous Engagement and Subject Liaison. She will share how to integrate asynchronous video instruction on the respectful use of Indigenous information with the Indigenous Information Literacy video playlist; add special topic support through the Indigenous Studies guide for areas such as Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous literature, and more. There will be Ample time for discussion to help generate ideas for optimal classroom use.


    How do we prepare our students to live well in local and global intercultural contexts? In this workshop, we will explore strategies for building intercultural content and learning opportunities into courses. 

    By the end of this module, participants will be able to: 

    • Identify institutional, Faculty, program, and course level learning objectives related to student intercultural skills development/ career preparation for a global world.
    • Discuss the cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal domains of student intercultural development.
    • Identify one or more course topics where additional non-dominant cultural perspectives may be added to course content. 
    • Select resources to support students in identifying intercultural development goals and connecting these to their broader learning/career goals. 

    Prerequisite: Foundations of Intercultural Teaching or previous ITP


    In this workshop, participants will learn the "who", "what", and "why" of Open Pedagogy (OP) and then have an opportunity to explore OP options and ideas that may work in their teaching environments. Break-out groups and spontaneous brainstorming will help direct the workshop activities. Participants should come somewhat prepared with an idea of a course they'd like to infuse with new pedagogical practices that better centre student discovery, expression, and experiences.


    Learn how to make web-ready textbooks! In this session, you will be exposed to the possibilities of Pressbooks, our open textbook publishing platform. 

    In this session you will learn about:

    • LaTex, a programming language that can be used to create well-formatted formulas and equations.
    • H5P, a plugin to create interactive content such as excesses and quizzes.
    • Formatting options such as tables and charts Leave ready with resources to get started in Pressbooks.


    Teaching online and creating an engaging online course experience can be challenging. We are not robots, yet if not carefully planned, online courses can make students and instructors feel less than human, so how can educators create an engaging and "present" experience for their online learners? 

    In this 90-minute virtual workshop, KPU faculty and instructional staff will examine how to build engagement in their online courses to enhance their students' learning experiences. Workshop participants will be provided with tips and strategies for building personal connections with their students and creating inviting online spaces.


    This 2-part webinar series will introduce you to our video platform, Kaltura and capture tool that allows you to make screencast or make video and audio recordings for your course. Media is an excellent way to build engagement and share content. In addition, the use of video facilitates learning preferences of a variety of students and supports Universal Design for Learning. In these sessions, you will learn to upload existing video content and how to share it in your Moodle course, you will learn to set up a video assignment, and make videos for content delivery and feedback


    This 3-part workshop series will introduce you to KPU’s video platform, Kaltura; a capture tool that allows you to make a screencast of video and audio recordings for your course and using video quiz to engage your students with formative assessments. Media is an excellent way to build engagement and share content. Also, the use of video facilitates the learning preferences of a variety of students and supports Universal Design for Learning. In these sessions, you will learn to upload existing video content and how to share it in your Moodle course, you will learn to set up a video assignment and make videos for content delivery and feedback.

    At the end of session 1, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the fundamentals of using video
    • Upload media to their Kaltura My Media in Moodle
    • Add media to Moodle course site
    • Setup a Kaltura video assignment

    At the end of session 2, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the importance of asynchronous video/audio delivery compared to synchronous
    • Identify tools and best practices for video and audio recording
    • Record a video recording using Kaltura Capture
    • Record a PowerPoint presentation using Kaltura Capture
    • Record an audio recording or feedback using Kaltura Capture

    At the end of session 3, participants will be able to:

    • Navigate the Kaltura quiz editor
    • Identify and create a variety of question types with video quiz
    • Engage your students with video quiz and hotspots


    Did you know you can engage your learners with more than just using videos? This webinar will introduce you to Kaltura video quiz, which will help you create engaging and reflective content with your already created video. We will walkthrough how to create a formative video quiz with common question types like multiple choice, true/false, and written reflective points to be fully integrated with the Kaltura video player. This webinar requires you to have completed both Engaging students with video and Teaching with video & audio workshops or the 2-part series of the Getting started with Audio/Video workshops.

    At the end of this session participants will be able to:

    • Navigate the Kaltura quiz editor
    • Identify and create a variety of question types with video quiz
    • Engage your students with video quiz and hotspots


    This intensive online learning-intensive experience will provide faculty with a learning opportunity to conceptualize online learning and design an effective and engaging online course. We will provide a space to build relationships with colleagues and learn about digital delivery at the same time. We will guide you through envisioning this new way of teaching, outline the building blocks for a well-developed online course, and show you how to effectively facilitate learning in digital spaces. There will be a daily synchronous session in BBB and daily asynchronous activities in the course site. Participants will work on their own course elements as we move through the week. 

    NOTE: All participants will require a working mic, webcam and device to access this course. 

    *This is not a “how- to” use technology course, we have other resources to support your development in the arena. 


    • A New Way of Teaching – Intro to online learning
    • Building blocks for online design 
    • Where Does All the Time Go? – Re-imagining content and activities in digital spaces
    • How Do You Know They are Learning? – Feedback and assessments in digital spaces
    • Becoming a Guide On the Side – Facilitating in digital spaces


    The Library subscribes to over 100 databases offering online access to ebooks, journal articles and streaming video. Find out how to incorporate them into your Moodle course. 

    Topics include:
    • Canned Subject Searches
    • Linking to Articles
    • Linking to Journal Title Pages In this registered session, Caroline Daniels will assistant instructors embed library resources within their Moodle courses!
    NOTE: Please view the asynchronous how-to recordings in advance of this workshop.


    Ever wonder about the Lesson option in the Moodle activity menu? Lessons are largely under-utilized in course design, but faculty who do use them, love them, and so do their students. Here’s your chance to find out why…

    This series of three, 60-minute, weekly synchronous/asynchronous sessions will introduce participants to the pedagogy and practicality of Moodle Lessons. 

    • The What? will provide a brief overview of Moodle Lessons 
    • The Why? will focus on the pedagogy of using Moodle Lessons
    • The When? will focus on when it is best practice to use Moodle Lessons
    • The How? will focus on how to create Moodle Lessons. 
    Participants will have the opportunity to plan, develop and receive feedback on a sample lesson either individually or collaboratively. So, bring a friend and discover the secrets of Moodle Lessons!


    This series of three, 60-minute, weekly synchronous sessions will introduce those new to Moodle the bare bones basics. These sessions are for those with no previous experience using Moodle - or very little…have you opened it, looked at it, then closed it again? Then this course is for you!


    Set to coincide with the upgrade to Moodle 3.9, this series of three, 60-minute, synchronous sessions will introduce those new to Moodle, the basics of Moodle course site set-up and design. These sessions are designed for those new to Moodle or those who have muddled through on their own during remote delivery and want to improve their competency with the newly updated 3.9 version Moodle. 

    • Session 1 will focus on selecting and setting up a course format, and Gradebook. 
    • Session 2 will focus on setting up or adapting a course template structure using common resources and activities. 
    • Session 3 will focus on setting up groups and group activities.
    A development site will be set up for those who want to muddle around and test their learning. Additional resources and suggestions for further learning and support will be provided with each session.


    KPU faculty have access to tremendous support and opportunities to engage in open education. If you’re curious about open education research, this session is for you. In this session, you’ll hear from one instructor who is completing a research study on the perceptions of faculty and students towards open pedagogy. Learn more about her project and gain tips and advice to help launch your own research project.

    This event will be hosted on Zoom. To join, please follow this link and ensure that you have a registered Zoom account: 

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 633 6384 3416

    Passcode: 785736

    2 March 2021, 10:00 AM – 2 March 2021, 11:00 AM

    Go to registration option.

    No textbook? No problem! In this session you will learn how one faculty member designed a 4th year capstore course so students could become the Content Creators for the course. In 13 weeks, 34 KPU students designed and published an OER that now serves other educators, students, and a broader audience of users. Hear from the instructor on how to structure such an ambitious project (online!) and from the students themselves who participated in the course and co-authored the OER.


    Important MessageBefore registering for the Rollin' Stones PebblePad tour, Faculty must create a Pebble+ account: Getting started with PebblePad

    Are you ready to get innovative in your teaching practice by using a technology that supports effective pedagogy? Do you want to become a facilitation Rockstar? Then come along with the Teaching and Learning Commons on the PebblePad Rollin' Stones Tour starting in January 2021! 



    In this workshop we provide a conceptual framework of how to address intercultural education when designing your course. We will also discuss tools and platforms that could support students' engagement, knowledge exchange, and community building.


    Do you want to help your students become more confident, capable writers? Join Dr. Jennifer Hardwick (English) and Arley Cruthers (Applied Communications) for a discussion about how facilitate and evaluate student writing in a non-writing-intensive classroom. Learn how to introduce students to the writing conventions of your discipline, avoid common grading pitfalls, and use writing activities to deepen student content knowledge. Bring your writing questions!


    In our present online learning environments, we engage with students living in a wide variety of global contexts, many of whom are new to online learning. In this workshop, we will explore processes to enhance inclusivity in online learning environments. 

    By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 

    • Consider differences in teacher and student roles across cultures and their impact on online learning.
    • Discuss processes to create a shared class “micro-culture.” 
    • Adapt a current topic/lesson to incorporate UDL principles. 
    • Identify digital literacies needed to successfully meet course learning outcomes.
    • Create a student support ecosystem within an online class.

    Prerequisite: Inclusive Pedagogies or previous ITP


    Supporting students in developing effective writing skills while respectfully honouring their language development creates tensions and dilemmas for many instructors.

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

    • Discuss ways in which culturally-influenced communication styles may shape student writing. 
    • Distinguish between writing difficulties at the discourse/genre, and grammar/vocabulary levels of language.
    • Use basic text analysis techniques to support the acquisition of discipline-specific genres.
    • Apply feedback strategies that support language and writing development.
    • Use intercultural communication strategies to support academic integrity development. 
    Prerequisite: Inclusive Pedagogies or previous ITP


    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.

    January 15, February 3, March 10: 1-2 PM

    Do you have some questions about your Moodle site? Maybe you just can’t set up your page the way you want to and need some advice, or maybe you’re concerned something hasn’t been configured quite right? From general questions about Moodle to specialized questions about any platform within our Learning Technology ecosystem, feel free to join us virtually from 2:00pm to 3:00pm every Tuesday (starting January 5) to get support on all of your Learning Technology needs!

    This is part two on how to use Gradebook in Moodle. This workshop is for those who have used Gradebook before (or completed "Gradebook Fundamentals"), are familiar with the basics of setting up a gradebook, and are looking to incorporate more grading options. This workshop will enable you to navigate the gradebook from different perspectives, adjust grading calculations in unique situations, configure accommodations for special circumstances, and customize your preferences for a much more personalized gradebook.

    This is part one on how to use gradebook in Moodle. This workshop is for those who are using the gradebook for the very first time or those who have struggled with setting up the gradebook in Moodle. In this hour, we will demonstrate how to setup gradebook, including viewing permissions and exporting grades.


    This advanced quiz workshop assumes a working knowledge of the basics of Moodle, as well as some experience in using Moodle quizzes, or previous attendance of the Moodle Quiz Basics Workshop. 

    At the end of this 45-minute session, participants will have learned how to create their own question banks and randomize the questions their quizzes use. They will also be able import and export questions between different courses and tag these questions to locate them easily within their question banks. Lastly, participants will be instructed on creating section headers and other advanced layout settings in order to fully customize a quiz to their needs.

    If you are thinking about creating quizzes in Moodle but do not know how, this workshop is for you. This session has been designed to introduce participants to the basics of creating a quiz in Moodle. At the end of this 45minute session participants will be able to create a Moodle Quiz and establish quiz settings. Participants will also be able to identify and create a variety of question types in a quiz, assign points to individual questions, and preview questions themselves, or the quiz as a whole.

    This UDL Check-In and Development space is your place to try out your ideas, work together, and innovate. Whether you're ready to take little steps or big steps, have a sticky problem, or simply want to think about some new ideas, consider joining in. Our meetings are informal maker-spaces where we can create new ideas on universal design and report back our successes and questions. Think big or think little, the choice is yours.

    No registration required.

    Learning to exploit Moodle’s sophisticated grading functions can save you time and mental resources during the assessment process. In this workshop, participants will be walked through how to design and implement marking rubrics in Moodle, and explore the ways in which Moodle allows instructors to provide feedback to students. The workshop will emphasize sustainable and efficient marking practices.

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