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Welcome to the Teaching and Learning Commons learning opportunities. This table presents the synchronous and asynchronous offerings, organized according to the Foundation in Teaching Excellence Framework. To learn more about each session hover over the title, to register click on the block.

FOUNDATIONS IN TEACHING EXCELLENCE - We recommend that you take these foundational courses first before taking anything listed below
Category Learning Technologies Learning Design Learning Assessment Inclusive Teaching Practice Reflective Practice Open Pedagogy
FOUNDATIONS IN TEACHING EXCELLENCE Learning Technologies

The Learning Technologies domain provides an overview of KPU’s learning technology infrastructure and explores how these learning technologies can support different pedagogical approaches. Considerations for selecting suitable technologies are provided, including data privacy and security, relevant policies and procedures, and the digital literacies required to access and effectively use these technologies. Resources for using technologies provided by the Teaching and Learning Commons and IT are introduced, as is the process for requesting additional learning technologies.
Learning Design

The Learning Design domain provides an overview of important concepts related to effective course design and principles of adult learning. The modules within this domain explore foundational pedagogical theories and frameworks that support supportive and engaging course design. Participants will understand constructive alignment and examine policies and procedures that must be considered when designing and delivering courses at KPU. Pre-designed Moodle course templates are introduced and made available to participants for designing inviting, engaging, and effective digital learning environments in Moodle. Additional learning modules that are recommended include: Inviting Spaces: Building Engagement in your Online Courses, Introduction to Open Pedagogy, and Appreciative Inquiry for Faculty.
Learning Assessment

The Learning Assessment domain provides an overview of important concepts related to assessing student learning as prescribed in course learning outcomes. The characteristics of formative and summative assessment are examined and differentiated, and the role of each method is explained. A variety of grading methods will be explored, relevant assessment policies reviewed and strategies for maintaining academic integrity will be provided. Additional learning modules that are recommended include: Developing Authentic Assessments and Incorporating Intercultural Teaching and Diverse Assessment in Online Courses.
Inclusive Teaching Practice

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 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.
Reflective Teaching Practice

The Reflective Practice domain introduces models, principles, and intentional activities to promote and support educators in developing their practice. By critically reflecting on our teaching, we can question the validity of our teaching assumptions and the efficacy of our teaching activities. The short, structured modules within this domain explore foundational concepts and perspectives such as a growth mindset, strategies for developing reflective practices, pathways to scholarship, supportive technologies, and the development of a teaching philosophy informed by reflective practice. Guided by clear learning outcomes, participants will consider the role of reflection in the continued improvement of one’s teaching and professional practice.
SYNCHRONOUS Foundations in Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a flexible framework that can increase accessibility, reduce accommodation and plagiarism challenges, and foster student engagement. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to learn about UDL, and to apply principles in a supportive and collaborate environment. Please feel free to bring sample course presentations (syllabi) and/or assignments that you wish to workshop!
Workshop Series:
Workshop 1; Feb 22, 2022 | 10am - 12pm
Workshop 2: March 24, 2022 | 1pm - 3pm
Workshop 3: May 19, 2022 | 11am - 1pm
The Pedagogy and Practice of Blended Delivery
If you are thinking about developing a course to be delivered in a blended environment, and not very sure where to start, this is a series of workshops for you. Teaching in a blended environment brings the best of both in-person and online learning experiences for students. However, a course designed to be delivered in person or a fully online environment does not directly translate into a blended space. Teaching in a blended environment requires careful planning, integration, and blending between different learning spaces as well as delivery modalities. This workshop is developed using a flipped blended model and delivered as three learning blocks. Each block includes several guided online asynchronous learning modules followed by a synchronous online session. During a specified period, participants will complete several learning activities related to designing blended courses. During the synchronous sessions, asynchronous activities completed by participants will be discussed and reviewed. Block one will introduce participants to the ABCs of blended delivery. This will include definitions of blended learning, theories that support blended learning etc. Block two will assist participants to design a pedagogically sound blended course. Here, participants will develop a 13-week full semester block plan for a course to be delivered in a blended environment. In block three, participants will develop a blended lesson plan for one of the selected 13-week semester block plan developed earlier. This will include the development, constructive alignment of learning and assessment activities with learning outcomes and selecting appropriate media and technology tools. The course facilitator will be available to assist participants as they complete the online asynchronous modules.
Workshop Series:
Block 1, Mar 18-31 | synch session April 1, 10am-12pm.
Block 2, Apr 8-29 | synch session April 29, 10am-12:30pm.
Block 3, May 6-June 2 | synch session June 3 10am-12:30pm
Pedagogy and Practice of Peer Review
Do you think of peer reviews as a tool for students to assess the work of their peers, or a way to evaluate peer contributions towards group projects? If these were your initial thoughts, you are not alone. Welcome to the pedagogy and practice of peer review. In this course you will learn peer review to be more than an assessment tool. It is a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning, that builds students skills both in giving and receiving feedback, critically reviewing theirs, and other’s work. Peer review is centered on the social constructivist approach towards learning, that explains knowledge creation as an outcome of a collective process. Participants will engage with this course through a ten-week period. During the first nine weeks, participants will complete a series of self-paced guided online asynchronous modules covering the scope and the value proposition behind peer reviews, deep dive into the pedagogy behind peer reviews, exploring the design, assessment, and facilitation components of peer reviews, examining traditional and technology-based tools available to develop peer reviews and building a peer review activity for a future course that the participant is planning to teach. During this period, participants will have the opportunity to interact with the facilitator asynchronously to get further guidance on the self-paced modules. At the end of the asynchronous workshop series, the facilitator and participants will meet online synchronously (2 hours) to workshop and provide feedback on peer review activity developed by each participant.
WORKSHOP SERIES
Asynchronous
Week 1: Mar 11
Week 2: Mar 18
Week 3-4: Mar 25-Apr 01 (Optional MS Teams office hours Mar 25, 10-11.30am)
Week 5-8: Apr 08 – May 06 (Optional MS Teams office hours Apr 08, 10-11.30am)
Week 9-10: May 13 – May 20 (Optional MS Teams office hours May 13, 10-11.30am)
Synchronous
Synchronous Session May 27 (MS Teams 9.00-11.00am)
Weaving our Knowledge: KPU Indigenization and Intercultural Teaching Program
Weaving Our Knowledge provides a supportive peer learning environment for moving ahead with your Indigenization and intercultural teaching practice.  The program includes four units of study. In Foundations of Intercultural Teaching, you will develop foundational theoretical knowledge and a personal development plan. Foundations of Indigenization enhances your understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, histories, and truth and reconciliation. Inclusive Pedagogies introduces a framework for decoding culturally-based implicit knowledges and making small, but tangible shifts to support students in achieving course outcomes. Finally, Two-Eyed Seeing: Incorporating Indigenous and Intercultural Perspectives in Curriculum Design supports you in applying your knowledge as you envision transformations in course content and learning communities. *This program replaces the earlier Intercultural Teaching Program (ITP). ITP Alumni will be invited to register in a shorter program focusing on the new content in Weaving our Knowledge.
WORKSHOP SERIES:
Workshop 1 : 02 May 2022 | 1:30-4:30 PM
Workshop 2 : 09 May 2022 | 1:30-4:30 PM
Workshop 3 : 16 May 2022 | 1:30-4:30 PM
Workshop 4 : 30 May 2022 | 1:30-4:30 PM
Pandemic Inspired Possibilities: Redesigning your teaching practice
Did the pandemic cause you to question why you teach the way you do? Are you inspired to re-imagine the best way to deliver your courses? This workshop guides faculty through an appreciative inquiry process to explore the learning that occurred during the pandemic to identify strengths and opportunities that could inform future practice. Doing this in a collaborative environment supports learning from each other's experiences and serves to foster innovation and capacity building. Participants will create personalized professional development plans.
Introduction to Pressbooks
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.>
Intro to ePortfolios
Curious and want to know more about ePortfolios? Here is your chance! Over the course of 3, 75 minute synchronous sessions you will learn the basics of ePortfolios, including the pedagogy and the tools that support their use for teaching and learning. We will cover the basics of what ePorfolios are and their uses for teaching and learning as well as introduce some suggestions and strategies for implementation and provide information regarding resources and additional support. Bonus! This offering will be followed up with a 6 week F2F Faculty ePortfolio Lab in the Commons classroom (2410) on the Surrey Campus starting during Reading Week.
Workshop Series:
Workshop 1 : Jan 28 | 10 am - 11:15 pm
Workshop 2 : Feb 4 | 10 am - 11:15 pm
Workshop 3 : Feb 11 | 10 am - 11:15 pm
ISW Workshop
The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is for faculty and instructional staff interested in developing or improving their teaching and learning processes. This intensive multi‐day workshop can accommodate a maximum of six participants. The spring 2022 ISW will be delivered in an online format. Full participation in all sessions is required. In this online workshop, participants will review ideas about teaching, check current practices and, within a safe and supportive environment, deliver three short lessons. In addition, participants will find new ways to reach their learners and they will receive peer feedback that will assist with instructional development. Also beneficial are the supportive relationships that can grow between participants. We look forward to sharing this enriching workshop with you. Overall purposes of the course:
1. To work in a collegial, peer-based instructional process on methods of teaching actively, experientially, interactively, and in a participatory manner.
2. To foster a safe educational laboratory environment in which instructors have the opportunity to conduct individual experiments on their teaching practices.
3. 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 (PIDP) and your Letter of Completion from fully participating in this workshop satisfies the required credits for that course in the PIDP program.
Feb 17 (Thursday) – day 1 – 9.00am to3.30pm
Mar 3 (Thursday) – day 2 – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Mar 10 (Thursday)– day 3 – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Mar 17 (Thursday)– day 4 – 9.00am to 4.30pm
Copyright Awareness for Teaching
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!
Faculty ePortfolio Lab
Interested in implementing ePortfolios into your courses, but don’t know where to start? Have you already started using ePortfolios, but are curious about what others are doing? BYOD and join us for a semi-structured, hands-on, f2f learning lab in the Commons classroom (2410). Designed to complement other offerings around ePortfolios, we will start off with a foundation in Folio Thinking and move on to topics related to implementation strategies, learning activities and assessment with ePortfolios. The learning lab will be modeled on the PebblePad platform, but other ePortfolio tools will be welcome. Come and play with us and share your ePortfolios, ideas, and best practice!
WORKSHOP SERIES:
Workshop 1 : 23 Feb 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM
Workshop 2 : 02 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM
Workshop 3 : 09 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM
Workshop 4 : 16 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM
Workshop 5 : 23 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM
Workshop 6 : 30 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM
Finding Open Educational Resources
Want to use free educational resoruces in your courses but don't know where to find them? In this session:
-Librarians will show you their favourite places to find open materials including textbooks and images and will answer any questions you have about all things Open.
Commons Talks
Join the Teaching and Learning Commons for drop in discussions on Indigenization, Technology and ePortfolios. These sessions are provided to answer any and all questions to help develop your practice in three focused areas. Feel free to email questions to the facilitators in advance. If no one has questions there will be a discussion prompt or activity to get the dialogue started!
Linking to Library Resources
The Library subscribes to over 100 databases offering online access to ebooks, journal articles, and streaming video.
In this session:
-Find out how to incorporate them all into your Moodle course.
Topics include:
Canned Subject Searches
Linking to Articles
Linking to Journal Title Pages
Caroline Daniels, Systems, Web and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, will assistant instructors embed library resources within their Moodle courses!
ASYNCHRONOUS Moodle Gradebook Fundamentals

Still using a spreadsheet, a pen, and paper to calculate grades? Moodle Gradebook automatically aggregates marks and feedback from assignments, activities, and manual grades from your Moodle course, making grading more efficient. Students can view their grades through individualized reports, and the reports generated are protected, so student privacy is not compromised. In this workshop, faculty will learn how to set up and manage a gradebook in their Moodle classes, and how to export it to an excel spreadsheet. 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 grading, hiding grades, and exporting the gradebook.
ePortfolios Explained

Interested in how ePortfolios can enhance student experiences or how they can be used as an assessment tool? ePortfolios can provide an engaging, highly student-centered experience, and can foster collaboration, reflection, emotional intelligence, and deeper learning. ePortfolios provide students with a personalized digital space that can be used to curate a collection of artifacts that documents their skills and abilities over time. From an instructional perspective, ePortfolios can be used as an assessment and feedback tool and can be used to assess the curriculum. This webinar will introduce faculty to the purposes, benefits, and methods of evaluating using ePortfolios, and contains student testimonials which reinforce the value of using this incredible tool. Faculty will additionally be provided with open resources for supporting the use of ePortfolios in their practice.
Getting Unstuck: Helping Students Move Beyond Learning Bottlenecks
In this webinar, you will be explained reasons why disciplinary “experts” may have difficulty making key concepts explicit to students, identify a learning ”bottleneck” in your course, describe the steps in the Decoding the Disciplines model, identify the next steps in creating a scaffolded exercise or assignment. This webinar includes reflective prompts and exercises. Allowing 60-90 minutes to work through both the webinar content and exercises is recommended.
Introduction to Open Education

KPU is a leading adopter of open educational resources (OER) and home to Canada’s first Zero Textbook Cost programs. Watch this asynchronous session for an introduction to Open Education and to learn:
- Tips for putting Open Education into practice
- Supports at KPU that may enable your enagement with Open Education
Urooj Nizami, Open Education Strategist, is happy to answer questions by email at open@kpu.ca.
Moodle Gradebook Advanced

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..
Under Construction
Moodle Quizzes - Basics

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.
Moodle Quizzes - Advanced

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.
BigBlueButton - Basics

In this pre-recorded webinar, faculty will be introduced to the educational conferencing tool BigBlueButton (BBB), which can be set up within KPU Moodle course sites for easy access. BBB can be used to hold virtual office hours, host synchronous sessions, and more! This pre-recorded webinar will provide instructions on setting up a BigBlueButton space in Moodle and provide an overview of this tool's basic features and functionality.
BigBlueButton - Advanced

In this pre-recorded webinar, you will discover how to maximize the KPU supported BigBlueButton educational conferencing tool as an online learning environment. Faculty will learn how to use polling, breakout rooms, shared notes, and the collaborative whiteboard to support best pedagogical practices. BBB can be used to host Q&A periods, virtual office hours, and to facilitate group work, collaborative problem-solving debates, and discussions. Before attending this session, please watch the BigBlueButton basics webinar: BigBlueButton Basics Webinar.
Under Construction
Kaltura Series

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.  
Getting Started with PebblePad

Looking to learn more about how you can get started with PebblePad? This short video will walk you through the basics of how you can get the most out of this learning journey platform. The content is focused around Pebble+, the creative and collaborative workspace. Viewers will be taken on a tour of how to navigate through their Pebble+ home, as well as given instruction on the basic concepts used throughout PebblePad such as Assets, Portfolios, and Tags. Lastly, this video will take viewers through the steps needed to begin creating and customizing their own very pages and portfolios in Pebble+!

    Available workshops

    Did the pandemic cause you to question why you teach the way you do? Are you inspired to re-imagine the best way to deliver your courses? This workshop guides faculty through an appreciative inquiry process to explore the learning that occurred during the pandemic to identify strengths and opportunities that could inform future practice. Doing this in a collaborative environment supports learning from each other's experiences and serves to foster innovation and capacity building. Participants will create personalized professional development plans. 


    REGISTER HERE:

    Register for Pandemic Inspired Possibilities: Redesigning your teaching practice Registration


    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 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.


    REGISTER HERE:


    The Learning Assessment domain provides an overview of important concepts related to assessing student learning as prescribed in course learning outcomes. The characteristics of formative and summative assessment are examined and differentiated, and the role of each method is explained.  A variety of grading methods will be explored, relevant assessment policies reviewed and strategies for maintaining academic integrity will be provided. Additional learning modules that are recommended include: Developing Authentic Assessments and Incorporating Intercultural Teaching and Diverse Assessment in Online Courses.

    REGISTER HERE:

    FTE – Learning Assessment Domain


    The Learning Design domain provides an overview of important concepts related to effective course design and principles of adult learning. The modules within this domain explore foundational pedagogical theories and frameworks that support supportive and engaging course design. Participants will understand constructive alignment and examine policies and procedures that must be considered when designing and delivering courses at KPU. Pre-designed Moodle course templates are introduced and made available to participants for designing inviting, engaging, and effective digital learning environments in Moodle. Additional learning modules that are recommended include: Inviting Spaces: Building Engagement in your Online Courses, Introduction to Open Pedagogy, and Appreciative Inquiry for Faculty.


    REGISTER HERE:

    FTE – Learning Design Domain


    The Learning Technologies domain provides an overview of KPU’s learning technology infrastructure and explores how these learning technologies can support different pedagogical approaches. Considerations for selecting suitable technologies are provided, including data privacy and security, relevant policies and procedures, and the digital literacies required to access and effectively use these technologies. Resources for using technologies provided by the Teaching and Learning Commons and IT are introduced, as is the process for requesting additional learning technologies. 


    REGISTER HERE: 



    The Reflective Practice domain introduces models, principles, and intentional activities to promote and support educators in developing their practice. By critically reflecting on our teaching, we can question the validity of our teaching assumptions and the efficacy of our teaching activities. The short, structured modules within this domain explore foundational concepts and perspectives such as a growth mindset, strategies for developing reflective practices, pathways to scholarship, supportive technologies, and the development of a teaching philosophy informed by reflective practice. Guided by clear learning outcomes, participants will consider the role of reflection in the continued improvement of one’s teaching and professional practice.


    REGISTER HERE:





    The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is for faculty and instructional staff interested in developing or improving their teaching and learning processes. This intensive multi‐day workshop can accommodate a maximum of six participants. The spring 2022 ISW will be delivered in an online format. Full participation in all sessions is required. In this online workshop, participants will review ideas about teaching, check current practices and, within a safe and supportive environment, deliver three short lessons. In addition, participants will find new ways to reach their learners and they will receive peer feedback that will assist with instructional development. Also beneficial are the supportive relationships that can grow between participants. We look forward to sharing this enriching workshop with you. Overall purposes of the course: 

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

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

    3. 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 (PIDP) and your Letter of Completion from fully participating in this workshop satisfies the required credits for that course in the PIDP program.

     

    Feb 17 (Thursday) – day 1 – 9.00am to3.30pm

    Mar 3 (Thursday) – day 2 – 9.00am to 5.00pm

    Mar 10 (Thursday)– day 3 – 9.00am to 5.00pm

    Mar 17 (Thursday)– day 4 – 9.00am to 4.30pm



    Register here:

    Register for ISW

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a flexible framework that can increase accessibility, reduce accommodation and plagiarism challenges, and foster student engagement. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to learn about UDL, and to apply principles in a supportive and collaborate environment. Please feel free to bring sample course presentations (syllabi) and/or assignments that you wish to workshop!

    Workshop Series:

    Workshop 1; Feb 22, 2022 | 10am - 12pm

    Workshop 2: March 24, 2022 | 1pm - 3pm

    Workshop 3: May 19, 2022 | 11am - 1pm


    Register here:

    Register for Foundations in Universal Design for Learning


    Want to use free educational resources in your courses but don't know where to find them? In this session: -Librarians will show you their favorite places to find open materials including textbooks and images and will answer any questions you have about all things Open.

    Register here:

    Register for Finding Open Educational Resources


    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!

    Register here:

    Register for Copyright Awareness for Teaching

    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.

    Register here:

    Register for Introduction to Pressbooks

    Interested in implementing ePortfolios into your courses, but don’t know where to start? Have you already started using ePortfolios, but are curious about what others are doing? BYOD and join us for a semi-structured, hands-on, f2f learning lab in the Commons classroom (2410). Designed to complement other offerings around ePortfolios, we will start off with a foundation in Folio Thinking and move on to topics related to implementation strategies, learning activities and assessment with ePortfolios. The learning lab will be modeled on the PebblePad platform, but other ePortfolio tools will be welcome. Come and play with us and share your ePortfolios, ideas, and best practice!


    WORKSHOP SERIES:

    Workshop 1 : 23 Feb 2022   | 10 am - 11:30 PM

    Workshop 2 : 02 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM

    Workshop 3 : 09 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM

    Workshop 4 : 16 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM

    Workshop 5 : 23 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM

    Workshop 6 : 30 March 2022 | 10 am - 11:30 PM


    Register here:

    Register for Faculty ePortfolio Lab

    Curious and want to know more about ePortfolios? Here is your chance! Over the course of 3, 75 minute synchronous sessions you will learn the basics of ePortfolios, including the pedagogy and the tools that support their use for teaching and learning. We will cover the basics of what ePorfolios are and their uses for teaching and learning as well as introduce some suggestions and strategies for implementation and provide information regarding resources and additional support. Bonus! This offering will be followed up with a 6 week F2F Faculty ePortfolio Lab in the Commons classroom (2410) on the Surrey Campus starting during Reading Week.


    Workshop Series:

    Workshop 1 : Jan 28 | 10 am - 11:15 pm

    Workshop 2 :  Feb 4 | 10 am - 11:15 pm

    Workshop 3 : Feb 11 | 10 am - 11:15 pm


    Register here:

    Register for Intro to ePortfolios

    If you are thinking about developing a course to be delivered in a blended environment, and not very sure where to start, this is a series of workshops for you. Teaching in a blended environment brings the best of both in-person and online learning experiences for students. However, a course designed to be delivered in person or a fully online environment does not directly translate into a blended space. Teaching in a blended environment requires careful planning, integration, and blending between different learning spaces as well as delivery modalities. This workshop is developed using a flipped blended model and delivered as three learning blocks. Each block includes several guided online asynchronous learning modules followed by a synchronous online session. During a specified period, participants will complete several learning activities related to designing blended courses. During the synchronous sessions, asynchronous activities completed by participants will be discussed and reviewed. Block one will introduce participants to the ABCs of blended delivery. This will include definitions of blended learning, theories that support blended learning etc. Block two will assist participants to design a pedagogically sound blended course. Here, participants will develop a 13-week full semester block plan for a course to be delivered in a blended environment. In block three, participants will develop a blended lesson plan for one of the selected 13-week semester block plan developed earlier. This will include the development, constructive alignment of learning and assessment activities with learning outcomes and selecting appropriate media and technology tools. The course facilitator will be available to assist participants as they complete the online asynchronous modules.


    WORKSHOP SERIES

    Workshop Series:

    Block 1, Mar 18-31 | synch session April 1, 10am-12pm. 

    Block 2, Apr 8-29 | synch session April 29, 10am-12:30pm. 

    Block 3, May 6-June 2 | synch session June 3 10am-12:30pm


    Register here:

    Register for The Pedagogy and Practice of Blended Delivery

    Do you think of peer reviews as a tool for students to assess the work of their peers, or a way to evaluate peer contributions towards group projects? If these were your initial thoughts, you are not alone. Welcome to the pedagogy and practice of peer review. In this course you will learn peer review to be more than an assessment tool. It is a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning, that builds students skills both in giving and receiving feedback, critically reviewing theirs, and other’s work. Peer review is centered on the social constructivist approach towards learning, that explains knowledge creation as an outcome of a collective process. Participants will engage with this course through a ten-week period. During the first nine weeks, participants will complete a series of self-paced guided online asynchronous modules covering the scope and the value proposition behind peer reviews, deep dive into the pedagogy behind peer reviews, exploring the design, assessment, and facilitation components of peer reviews, examining traditional and technology-based tools available to develop peer reviews and building a peer review activity for a future course that the participant is planning to teach. During this period, participants will have the opportunity to interact with the facilitator asynchronously to get further guidance on the self-paced modules. At the end of the asynchronous workshop series, the facilitator and participants will meet online synchronously (2 hours) to workshop and provide feedback on peer review activity developed by each participant.

    WORKSHOP SERIES

    Asynchronous

    Week 1: Mar 11
    Week 2: 
    Mar 18
    Week 3-4: Mar 25-Apr 01 (Optional MS Teams office hours Mar 25, 10-11.30am)
    Week 5-8: Apr 08 – May 06 (Optional MS Teams office hours Apr 08, 10-11.30am)
    Week 9-10: May 13 – May 20 (Optional MS Teams office hours May 13, 10-11.30am)

    Synchronous

    Synchronous Session May 27 (MS Teams 9.00-11.00am)


    REGISTER HERE:

    Register for Pedagogy and Practice of Peer Review


    Weaving Our Knowledge provides a supportive peer learning environment for moving ahead with your Indigenization and intercultural teaching practice.  The program includes four units of study. 

    • In Foundations of Intercultural Teaching, you will develop foundational theoretical knowledge and a personal development plan. 
    • Foundations of Indigenization enhances your understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, histories, and truth and reconciliation.
    •  Inclusive Pedagogies introduces a framework for decoding culturally-based implicit knowledges and making small, but tangible shifts to support students in achieving course outcomes. 
    • Finally, Two-Eyed Seeing: Incorporating Indigenous and Intercultural Perspectives in Curriculum Design supports you in applying your knowledge as you envision transformations in course content and learning communities. 

    *This program replaces the earlier Intercultural Teaching Program (ITP). ITP Alumni will be invited to register in a shorter program focusing on the new content in Weaving our Knowledge.


    WORKSHOP SERIES:

    Workshop 1 : 02 May 2022 | 1:30-4:30 PM
    Workshop 2 : 09 May 2022 | 1:30-4:30 PM
    Workshop 3 : 16 May 2022 | 1:30-4:30 PM
    Workshop 4 : 30 May 2022 | 1:30-4:30 PM


    REGISTER HERE:

    Register for Weaving our Knowledge: KPU Indigenization and Intercultural Teaching Program


    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.


    REGISTER HERE

    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 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.

    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.

    REGISTER HERE

    The Library subscribes to over 100 databases offering online access to ebooks, journal articles, and streaming video. 

    In this session: 

    -Find out how to incorporate them all into your Moodle course. 

    Topics include: 

    • Canned Subject Searches
    • Linking to Articles
    • Linking to Journal Title Pages Caroline Daniels, Systems, Web and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, will assistant instructors embed library resources within their Moodle courses!

    Register here:

    Register for Linking to Library Resources


    It goes without saying that over the course of the pandemic, educators have faced countless challenges. What have these challenges taught us and where do we go from here? Even as we begin to return to some semblance of normal, we’re reminded that navigating change can be challenging. This workshop will provide an opportunity to pause, reflect, and reset, before beginning again. Learn the benefits of applying a beginner’s mind to your teaching practice and understand how mindfulness, meditation and reflective practice can be used as supportive tools moving into the new year.

    Workshop Date: 09 December 2021

    Time: 10am - 12pm

    REGISTER HERE


    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! The PebblePad Rollin' Stones Tour is a low time commitment high reward asynchronous opportunity that will provide a practical introduction to Pebble+ and the mobile app PebblePocket.This series of activities will allow KPU faculty to engage with this platform, learn the basic features actively, and effectively navigate and create in this personally managed, password-protected space. Over nine weeks, for thirty minutes per week, participants will be provided with easy to digest content and activities that will have them well on their way to Rockstar status! Participants will choose what they create and are only limited by their imagination - whether its for professional development, assessment design, or just a showcase of hobbies, the result will be a product to be proud of! The series will be capped off with a showcase competition that participants can choose to enter their Pebble+ creations with the KPU faculty community for a chance to win visa gift cards! Do not miss the bus, the tour bus that is, and join us on the exciting PebblePad Rollin' Stones Tour! 

    REGISTER HERE


    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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    Engaging your learners with Video Quiz.

    This is Part 3 of the Kaltura workshop series. This self-paced webinar is for those wanting to build engagement with their learners using video. This workshop will give you an introduction to Kaltura Video Quiz, so that your students become active learners when consuming your videos. 

    By the end of this session, you will be able to recognize the impact of using video to enhance student engagement, describe how to navigate the video quiz editor, create a variety of question types, and identify applications for using video quizzes.

    Recording media with Kaltura Capture.

    This is Part 2 of the Kaltura workshop series. This self-paced webinar is for those getting started with recording their own media content. This workshop will give you an introduction to the Kaltura Capture recorder application. 

    By the end of this session, you will be able to identify the importance of asynchronous media delivery compared to synchronous, identify tools and best practices for your video and audio recording setup, how-to record a talking head video using Kaltura Capture, how-to recording a PowerPoint presentation using Kaltura Capture, and how-to record an audio clip to provide feedback using Kaltura Capture.

    If you are thinking about creating quizzes in Moodle but don't 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 45-minute 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 is Part 2 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.

    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 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.

    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.

    REGISTER HERE

    In this webinar, you will

    •Explain reasons why disciplinary “experts” may have difficulty making key concepts explicit to students

    •Identify a learning ”bottleneck” in your course

    •Describe the steps in the Decoding the Disciplines model

    •Identify the next steps in creating a scaffolded exercise or assignment

     

    This webinar includes reflective prompts and exercises.  Allowing 60-90 minutes to work through both the webinar content and exercises is recommended.

     

    Related reading: Middendorf, J. K., & Shopkow, L. (2018). Overcoming student learning bottlenecks: Decode the critical thinking of your discipline (First edition). Stylus. https://tinyurl.com/yfb5a45g


    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 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.


    The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is for faculty and instructional staff interested in developing or improving their teaching and learning processes. This intensive multi‐day workshop can accommodate a maximum of six participants. The spring 2022 ISW will be delivered in an online format. Full participation in all sessions is required. In this online workshop, participants will review ideas about teaching, check current practices and, within a safe and supportive environment, deliver three short lessons. In addition, participants will find new ways to reach their learners and they will receive peer feedback that will assist with instructional development. Also beneficial are the supportive relationships that can grow between participants. We look forward to sharing this enriching workshop with you. Overall purposes of the course: 

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

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

    3. 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 (PIDP) and your Letter of Completion from fully participating in this workshop satisfies the required credits for that course in the PIDP program.

     

    Feb 17 (Thursday) – day 1 – 9.00am to3.30pm

    Mar 3 (Thursday) – day 2 – 9.00am to 5.00pm

    Mar 10 (Thursday)– day 3 – 9.00am to 5.00pm

    Mar 17 (Thursday)– day 4 – 9.00am to 4.30pm



    Register here:

    Register for ISW

    The overarching goal of this professional development experience is to support faculty to reflect on their experiences teaching online; identify their best experiences and strengths; and to imagine the possibilities for the future. From this they will identifying an action plan for working toward those future possibilities.

    There are 5 synchronous sessions for this professional development experience. 

    Day 1 - large group

    Day 2 - small groups Option A.   and Option B       

    Day 3, 4, 5 large group 




    In this 90min 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.”  

    8 March 2021, 1:00 PM – 8 March 2021, 2:30 PM

    Go to registration option.

    Did the pandemic cause you to question why you teach the way you do? Are you inspired to re-imagine the best way to deliver your courses? This workshop guides faculty through an appreciative inquiry process to explore the learning that occurred during the pandemic to identify strengths and opportunities that could inform future practice. Doing this in a collaborative environment supports learning from each other's experiences and serves to foster innovation and capacity building. Participants will create personalized professional development plans. 


    REGISTER HERE:

    Register for Pandemic Inspired Possibilities: Redesigning your teaching practice Registration

    This course will be offered on Courses.kpu site. 

    Please enrol yourself into the course using self-enrolment option HERE

    Course Start Date: 25 August 2021

    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.  

    Curious and want to know more about ePortfolios? Here is your chance! Over the course of 3, 75 minute synchronous sessions you will learn the basics of ePortfolios, including the pedagogy and the tools that support their use for teaching and learning. We will cover the basics of what ePorfolios are and their uses for teaching and learning as well as introduce some suggestions and strategies for implementation and provide information regarding resources and additional support. Bonus! This offering will be followed up with a 6 week F2F Faculty ePortfolio Lab in the Commons classroom (2410) on the Surrey Campus starting during Reading Week.


    Workshop Series:

    Workshop 1 : Jan 28 | 10 am - 11:15 pm

    Workshop 2 :  Feb 4 | 10 am - 11:15 pm

    Workshop 3 : Feb 11 | 10 am - 11:15 pm


    Register here:

    Register for Intro to ePortfolios

    This series of three, 60minute, 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!  

    Finally, the wait is over; ATLAS is here! 

    This online, asynchronous course will introduce KPU instructors to the ATLAS side of PebblePad. Altas can be applied in formative and summative assessments while also allowing KPU instructors to support students with self-reflection, peer review, and guidance using various pre-built and custom templates, rubrics, and grades. ATLAS also allows external assessors to comment and provide feedback on student work, opening a world of new possibilities!

     “ATLAS is designed specifically to support rich, iterative and conversational styles of assessment and feedback.” - [PebblePad Help, 2021]

    COMING SOON

    Engaging your learners with Video Quiz This is part three of the Kaltura workshop series. This self-paced webinar is for those wanting to build engagement with their learners using video. This workshop will give you an introduction to Kaltura video quiz, so that your students become active learners when consuming your videos. By the end of this session, you will be able to recognize the impact of using video to enhance student engagement, describe how to navigate the video quiz editor, create a variety of question types, and identify applications for using video quizzes.

    Recording media with Kaltura Capture This is part two of the Kaltura workshop series. This self-paced webinar is for those getting started with recording their own media content. This workshop will give you an introduction to the Kaltura Capture recorder application. By the end of this session, you will be able to identify the importance of asynchronous media delivery compared to synchronous, identify tools and best practices for your video and audio recording setup, how-to record a talking head video using Kaltura Capture, how-to recording a PowerPoint presentation using Kaltura Capture, and how-to record an audio clip to provide feedback using Kaltura Capture

    Looking to learn more about how you can get started with PebblePad? 

    This short video will walk you through the basics of how you can get the most out of this learning journey platform. The content is focused around Pebble+, the creative and collaborative workspace. 

    Viewers will be taken on a tour of how to navigate through their Pebble+ home, as well as given instruction on the basic concepts used throughout PebblePad such as Assets, Portfolios, and Tags. Lastly, this video will take viewers through the steps needed to begin creating and customizing their own very pages and portfolios in Pebble+!