Centre for Teaching Excellence

Getting Started

CapU uses a Single Sign On system to control access to all of the software systems used across campus. If you haven’t yet received your login information, contact Human Resources to follow up. 


Microsoft Office 365

Faculty, staff and students at Capilano University all have access to the full Microsoft Office 365 software suite, including Word, Excel, Calendar and Outlook. To access your email, calendar and other Office 365 tools using your Single Sign On ID, go to http://portal.office.com


The Registrar’s Office maintains student records in the Banner system. This is where you will find class lists, wait lists and where you will enter your final grades. Here is the Faculty User Manual. Your Coordinator or Departmental Assistant can help you with any questions about this system or you can send an email to AskIT@capilanou.ca for support. 


Every course at Capilano University has a course shell created for it in eLearn, which is built on Moodle, an open source Content Management System. To find your course shell, sign in and go to elearn.capu.ca. Your course will appear in the Dashboard. Also in your Dashboard you will find a course called Introduction to eLearn. This is a resource designed to guide you in the setup and use of your eLearn course site.  

Welcome to Students

Use the Announcements forum in eLearn to post a welcome to your students before the first day of class. Messages posted here will also be sent out via email to all students. This is an opportunity to introduce yourself and your syllabus, connect students with the services they need and to create a strong teaching presence in your course. You can do this with text, images, video – any format that works for you. Add this information to your course site as well so that students can refer back to it at any time.

You can also use the class email list address, which is automatically generated and updated for each class (e.g. 202210-BADM101-01@lists.capilanou.ca).

This will send a message to all capilanou.ca email addresses connected to your students. Encourage them to check there for course messages. *Note that when referring to the term, 10 is Spring, 20 is Summer and 30 is the Fall term.

Faculty Services uses a system called Banner to manage student information and this can also be used to send messages. Follow these instructions from IT to use this service.

Three Key Ideas to Get You and Your Students Off to a Strong Start

Microsoft Teams

A few departments also use Microsoft Teams as their primary course site. To invite students to your Teams site, first create the site and then use code Term-CourseCode-Section [STU] (e.g., 202130-NABU470-66) When you click on Add it will send an invite to the students. If a student signs up late they will have to be manually added. *Note that when referring to the term, 10 is the code for the Spring term, 20 is Summer and 30 is the Fall term. So the Spring term of 2023 would be 202310.

Put a link to the Team on your course eLearn page and let students know that they should email you so if they need to be added to the Teams site.

Print Services

To access Print Services at CapU you will need to have an account set up by your department attached to their cost centre. Your departmental assistant should be able to help you set that up. Once you have your account you can make requests online via https://www.printservices.capilanou.ca/ . For more information about how to make a printing request see Order Process for Print Services.

First Day

Before your first day of class:

  1. Check your class list in Banner.
  2. Review your department’s requirements for grading and reports.
  3. Prepare your course site in eLearn and set up your Gradebook. 
  4. Post an announcement on eLearn or use the class email list to send a welcome message to all students.
  5. Make sure that your course site is visible to students by changing the course visibility status from ‘Hide’ to ‘Show‘.

This template will help you quickly organize your course materials:
Planning Worksheet
Check with your Departmental Assistant to get a Course Syllabus Template for your area. 


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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