Centre for Teaching Excellence

Program and Events

Sparkshops – On Demand Mini Workshops


Sparkshops are on demand mobile mini-workshops, facilitated by CTE or a CTE faculty associate. Sparkshops take place during department meetings, faculty meetings or other teaching related gatherings.

The intention of the Sparkshops is to stimulate exploration and departmental conversations around teaching and learning. Each session offers:

  • An introduction to a specific evidence-based instructional practice or teaching technique
  • Examples of applications in the classroom
  • Reflection on how and why to implement this technique

Current Sparkshop Topics Include:

  • Helping Your Students Get Organized and Stay on Track (eLearn) – Use Scheduler, Checklist and Completion Progress to give students ongoing feedback on their progress 
  • Building a Glossary in Your Course (eLearn) – Build a resource or create a collaborative assignment for your course 
  • Sharing in Zoom – Whiteboard/Virtual Backgrounds/PPTs – Engage your audience with a variety of visual tools 
  • Setting Up Your Gradebook (eLearn) – Avoid common pitfalls and communicate clearly with your students about grading 
  • Annotating Feedback in Assignments (eLearn) – Learn how to add audio, video and annotation to your assignment feedback 

Click here to book a workshop for your next department meeting


While each of our Sparkhops above are designed with CapU faculty in mind, we would like to acknowledge Boise State University Center for Teaching and Learning as the inspirer and originator of the concept.




Sparkshop Request Form

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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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