Centre for Teaching Excellence

Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

The Capilano University Certificate in University Teaching and Learning provides a professional development framework for faculty to develop, reflect, and deliver effective learning experiences that are pedagogically informed and inclusive to diverse learners.   

The Certificate consists of six workshops offering you the chance to increase your understanding of course design, assessment and evaluation, instructional skills to promote active learning, develop inclusive learning environments and relationships, utilize scholarly research about teaching and learning in your own practice, and reflect upon your teaching philosophy to develop a teaching portfolio for your own career development and advancement.  

You can sign up to complete the six facilitated workshop series of the Certificate over as little at 11 months, decide to move at your own pace over a longer period, or even take the individual facilitated workshop series of interest to you without having to commit to completing the entire Certificate.  


Purpose and Rationale 

  • Reinforce commitment to student learning and faculty teaching
  • Recognizes faculty continuous development and improvement
  • Student and faculty recruitment tool
  • Financial incentive for faculty in comparison to Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP)
  • Aligned with Envisioning 2030 and the 2030 Academic Plan
  • Able to be completed within one year​
  • Zero cost to Capilano University faculty


Core Principles

Focusing on the process of learning and co-creation of knowledge through a decolonizing approach.

Building on scholarly teaching, effective learning strategies, and Indigenous ways of knowing & being.

Inclusive & Equity-focused
Recognizing the importance of inclusiveness and anti-racist education in line with Capilano’s commitment to Reconciliation.

Supportive & Collaborative
Creating supportive environments for experimentation and innovation in teaching.


Learning Outcomes

  • Design and deliver effective, engaging, and inclusive learning experiences.
  • Develop inclusive teaching practices that are informed by principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization and Indigenization.​​
  • Develop methods of assessment for and of learning that support course and program learning outcomes. ​​
  • Reflect on and document your teaching and learning values, beliefs, and practices.​​
  • Engage in the scholarly inquiry of teaching and learning.​​


Courses and Upcoming Offerings

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


Teaching Portfolios
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During this facilitated workshop series, participants will reflect upon, explore, and document their teaching and learning experiences, philosophy, approaches, and effectiveness. 
Inclusive Teaching Practices
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The facilitated workshop series provides faculty with the background pedagogy on culturally relevant pedagogy and inclusive teaching practices to support all learners. 


Assessment and Evaluation of Learning
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This facilitated workshop series provides the knowledge and skills to design and implement a comprehensive strategy for obtaining information that is used to inform learners of their progress and guide them to successful completion. The facilitated workshop series enables the participants to plan, construct and use assessment instruments that are appropriate and ethical to their teaching context. 


Course (Re)Design
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This 3-day facilitated workshop series is an intensive, hands-on experience, where participants work in a supportive atmosphere, both individually and collaboratively, to create a new course or redesign an existing course. Participants will increase their understanding of learning-centered course design principles as they apply to courses in an iterative and dynamic process. 


Scholarly Inquiry
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During this facilitated workshop series, participants will be invited to consider their teaching and learning context and to critically explore social responsibilities in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), teacher/student identities, as well as general and discipline-specific teaching and learning scholarship. 

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the unceded sovereign Indigenous Nations of Lil’wat, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Shíshálh (Sechelt), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).


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