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?

Join the new CapU Faculty Learning Community on Creating Inclusive Learning Environments!
Kick off on Tuesday October 23, 2018

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


BC Campus Online Book Club

Starts September 10 to November 12.

Let us know if you want a free book: How Learning Works
The BCcampus Online Book Club is a community-driven project by a group of volunteer post-secondary educators interested in opportunities to connect with colleagues on topics of professional interest in teaching and learning.  The guidelines for this book club will be that it be open, informal, and fun—an easy way for participants to share ideas and strategies and take what we learn to practice.

For more information https://bccampusonlinebookclub.wordpress.com/



November 22
1:00 – 2:30 pm   LB145
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.

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

Kick off event Sept 26th 1:00pm

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