Centre for Teaching Excellence

Program and Events

Program and Events


Are you curious about how to create a more inclusive and engaging learning environment in a diverse classroom?
Do you want to be part of a safe, welcoming space with a group of colleagues on a monthly basis?

Next meet-up is January!

Inspired by the principles of Universal Design for Learning, we will focus on practical strategies for creating engaging, fun, accessible learning experiences and for making every student feel they belong in the classroom. To make this community as rich as possible, we invite faculty from all disciplines, new and experienced, reg. and non-reg. We will share stories, ideas, questions, resources and likely food!) and support for each other.

Curious or wondering if this is for you? Talk to us!
Contact CTE or email Nadja Neubauer.

Ready to sign up?
Please email cte@capilanou.ca as soon as possible.

Annabella Cant, PhD, Instructor School of Education and Childhood Studies
Nadja Neubauer, Instructor, Coordinator HCA Program, School of Allied Health
Bettina Boyle, BSc, MA, Educational Developer, Instructor, Centre for Teaching Excellence, School of Business


Active Learning Online Workshop

December 3-14, 2018  (2 weeks, online)

This 2-week workshop is developed specifically for CapU faculty interested in complementing or rethinking a course with active learning activities online. The course emphasizes the value of collaboration with peers online, and models active learning examples in order to facilitate understanding and reflection of the online learner experience. Participants will draw upon existing teaching experience as they experiment with a practical learning activity of their own choice online and gain feedback from peers. Participants can expect to spend 8-10hours per week on the workshop.

The workshop will prepare you to:

  • Demonstrate an Ed Tech Tool or Online Learning Process based on active learning
  • Adopt/develop a student-centered active learning approach to online learning

Learning Strategies:

  • Experience active learning in action
  • Explore how to elevate the student learning experience and include active learning strategies in the online component of their course(s)
  • Map out an active online learning process, which supports student learning and learning outcomes

Learning Platforms:

The workshop will take place online, primarily in Moodle and WebEx. Live online sessions are scheduled for:

  • Monday, Dec 3, noon-1pm
  • Monday, Dec 10, noon-1pm
  • Friday, Dec 14, 1pm-2pm

(The live session will be recorded, however, since we will demo active learning, it’s recommended that you participate if at all possible)


Time Commitment:

8-10 hours/week, mostly self-paced.

Instructional Skills Workshop

January 11, 18 and 25   8:30am-4:00pm LB321/322
March 1, 8 and 15    8:30am-4:00pm

The Instructional Skills Workshop 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. During the workshop, participants design and deliver three 10 minute lessons and receive feedback from their peers in a supportive environment. Participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, writing learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for encouraging active learning, and suggestions for evaluation of learning, and engage in reflective practice. The ISW counts as a three credit course in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP 3220: Delivery of Instruction).

Limited to 12 participants.

Register now by emailing cte@capilanou.ca



Come practice and experience the power of Liberating Structures in a safe and welcoming peer environment. Liberating Structures are a collection of interactive, engaging and easy to use methods/facilitation strategies that can be used in the classroom. The practice group meets monthly and all faculty are welcome! Each meeting is an opportunity to experience and practice facilitating 2-4 structures, as well as reflect on their value and usefulness in our classrooms.

Next meet-up is January 22, 2019, 1pm-2:30pm

Drop in to participate and/or sign up with CTE to co-facilitate one of the structures.
Questions? Please contact Bettina

Liberating Structures (LS) are a growing collection of group processes and methods that make it easy and quick for members of any group to radically change how they interact and work together. Their purpose is to liberate energy, tap into collective intelligence, stimulate creativity, and get surprisingly better results by engaging people and unleashing the power of self-organization.”
(Quoted from: Kimball, Lisa. (2009). Liberating Structures: A New Pattern language for Engagement. Available at: https://thesystemsthinker.com/liberating-structures-a-new-pattern-language-for-engagement/ [Last accessed September 20, 2018])


Teaching Triangles

Started from Sept 26

Interested in observing and learning what other faculty do in the classroom? The Teaching Triangles Program provides faculty with an opportunity to gain new insight into their teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. Three faculty members in each “teaching triangle” agree to visit each other’s classes over the course of a semester and then meet to discuss what they’ve learned from their observations and reflections. Teaching Triangles celebrates teaching excellence, builds rapport among faculty in different disciplines, and encourages reflection of teaching practice. Time commitment is approximately 8 hours over the course of the semester (1 hour orientation, 1 hour meeting with faculty in teaching square, 3 X 1.5 class visits, 1 hour wrap up and reflection).

Register now by emailing cte@capilanou.ca


Faculty Mentoring Program

The faculty mentoring program supports faculty at all levels of experience and promotes an ongoing sense of community for faculty. Mentoring can focus on any aspect of professional activity from teaching-related activities (e.g., implementing new instructional activities, managing marking, flipped classrooms, blended learning, online learning) to program and curriculum development to scholarly inquiry and research. The mentoring program is geared towards the particular needs of the faculty member. Faculty requesting mentors are paired with experienced faculty.

*Application form for faculty wanting a mentor or willing to be a mentor available by emailing cte@capilanou.ca