Centre for Teaching Excellence

Program and Events

Program and Events

Please click workshops and programs to see the detail. If you have any question or suggestion, please email us at cte@capilanou.ca!


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 session will be scheduled.

(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.


A terrific place to start your journey into Active Learning in the online world!
(Participant, December 2018)

The Active Learning Online workshop provided me with an enriching and supportive environment in which develop and get feedback on new teaching strategies for online and blended learning. An added bonus was getting to connect and work with colleagues who I may never have met otherwise!
(Derek Murray, PhD, Instructor, History Department)

The experience was very stimulating, engaging, valuable, and worthwhile! I’m excited to try out some new strategies and tools in September!
(Participant, June 2018)

************FULL*********** Course (Re)Design Workshop


If you wish to be on waitlist, please contact us at cte@capilanou.ca.

May 27-29


Are you teaching an new course in the Fall or do you want to redesign a course you already teach?  During this 3 day workshop, faculty with have an opportuntiy to design and receive feedback on  a course syllabi based on learning-centred principles.

Topics include:

  • Backward design
  • aligning course, instructional, and assessment goals
  • writing effective learning outcomes
  • selecting and incorporating teaching and  learning activities
  • selecting technology to enhance learning
  • alignment between outcomes, learning activities, and assessment
  • designing authentic assessments

Limited to 15 participants.

Register now by emailing cte@capilanou.ca

An Experiential Learning Workshop at Cheakamus Centre

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Curious about place-based education? Want to explore how the notion of place matters to your students, your curriculum and your discipline?
Place-based education (PBE) immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. PBE emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.Center for Place-Based Learning and Community Engagement
Place-based education provides a mechanism with which to re-invigorate and restore the importance of “the local in [a] globalized world” (Baldwin et. al, 2017, p. 17)

We are excited to invite faculty to join us on a one day field trip to the Cheakamus Centre on June 7th for in inquiry into place-based education.

We have 25 spots for faculty, which will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis.
Check out our flyer Cheakamus and Click here to apply now.
The Cheakamus Centre is the North Van School district outdoor school, which offers indigenous cultural, nature-based and environmental programs tied to the new BC curriculum. Recognizing that place-based education so far has made few inroads into post-secondary institutions (Baldwin et al, 2017, pp. 15-17), CTE has partnered with the Cheakamus Centre to deliver an educator workshop specifically for CapU instructors to explore how place may matter for teaching and learning at CapU in our various disciplines

Workshop Goals:

  • Explore and experience a range of different approaches to place-based learning
  • Deepen understanding of place-based approaches within a post-secondary context
  • Share successes and extend personal professional practice of place-based inquiry
  • Identify opportunities for developing place-based learning networks


Your inquiry could include (but is not limited to) topics such as:

  • What are some ways to “take my students outside” and align this with the curriculum I’m teaching (especially when outdoor,  environmental education and “place” as a theoretical concept is not part of my curriculum)?
  • How might being in nature and connecting with place support and increase my students engagement and well-being?
  • How could an assignment grounded in “the local” support student learning?
  • How is place relevant to our international students and their learning journey at CapU?
  • In which ways could CapU’s locations and position as a regional university open up more opportunities for place based learning?
  • How could assignments rooted in place engage and connect students in interdisciplinary work and reflection?
  • Why does place matter in higher education?
  • What can we learn from the way cultural, nature-based and outdoor programs are tied into the new K-12 curriculum?
  • How does a place-based approach differ from a land-based pedagogy?
  • What role does “place” have in decolonizing and indigenizing the curriculum?
  • What’s our responsibility to “place” when it comes to climate change, biodiversity and sustainable ways to live on this planet?


Once participants are confirmed, we will coordinate car-pooling.

Center for Place-Based Learning and Community Engagement

Baldwin et. al, 2017

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Dr. Mary Giovannetti, Faculty Associate, Centre for Teaching Excellence, will be leading a faculty learning community (FLC) starting in February, entitled Teacher as Researcher.

Are you interested in and excited about engaging in developing a research question based on your students’ learning or your teaching?

Perhaps you developed a particular assignment or project or tried a new teaching approach that you would be interested in investigating. Together we will learn about the role of teacher as researcher, explore key articles on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and support each other as we move forward to develop a teaching and learning inquiry based on our teaching practices.

The FLC will be stimulating, collaborative, and fun! Meet colleagues from a variety of disciplines who share your interest in this topic!  You will be guaranteed a positive learning environment, the opportunity to meet and learn from colleagues, and, not to be overlooked, some very good food!

CAPU FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY - creating inclusive learning environments

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?

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

Ready to sign up?
Please email cte@capilanou.ca or call us at 604.990.7831 (ex.7831)


TEACHING triangles

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 triangle, 3 X 1.5 class visits, 1 hour wrap up and reflection).

Register now by emailing cte@capilanou.ca


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


Come practice and experience the power of Liberating Structures in a safe and welcoming peer environment. The practice group meets monthly and all faculty are welcome to drop in!

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 territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


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