Centre for Teaching Excellence

Program and Events

Program and Events

“Faculty Workshops Fall 2019” Brochures are now available at CTE! Click here to take a look.

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

Instructional Skills Workshop

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Active Learning Online

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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

TEACHING Triangles

New inspiration, reflection on teaching, peer support! Join a Teaching Triangle this fall and experience how this low-commitment, non-evaluative program can inspire or transform your teaching. Contact CTE or click here to learn more.

Sign up here

If you have any question, please contact us at cte@capilanou.ca


Teaching Portfolio

Join us for our four-session series on developing your Teaching Portfolio. 

All session will be held on Tuesdays in Fir 402A from 1:00 – 2:20 p.m. on the following dates:

October 8 Introduction to Teaching Portfolios

October 22 Curating Evidence of Effective Teaching

November 5 How to Use WordPress

November 19 Showcasing and Sharing Your Teaching Portfolio

Register now!

Community of Practice


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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.

1:00 –3:00 pm FR402
September 27
October 11
October 25
November 8
November 22
December 6

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This fall we will be reading and discussing The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker J. Palmer.

Meetings: 10:00 am  FR402A
October 15
October 29

All faculty member welcome!

Email us at cte@capilanou.ca to join.


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! Last Thursday of the month at 1:00 – 2:30 pm in LB145.

1-2:20 pm LB145

October 31, 2019    **LB321
November 28, 2019  *Online
January 30, 2020
February 27, 2020
March 26, 2020

Register now by emailing cte@capilanou.ca

Reconnect Reflect Recharge

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You are invited to the Centre for Teaching Excellence’s newest event – Reconnect! Reflect! Recharge!

Thursday, November 7, 2019
11:30 am – 12:50 pm in the CTE, Fir 402

Designed especially for faculty who started teaching at Capilano since 2018, this event promises

• delicious food

• interactive learning activities


Opportunities to

• Reconnect/connect with teachers from other disciplines

• Reflect on teaching at CU

• Recharge following midterms

Register now!

Flexible & Online Teaching Group
  • Are you teaching an online or mixed mode course this fall?
  • Interested in more support, or in learning from others, perhaps as a weekly chat group, a book club, a community of practice or workshops?

If yes, come help shape this group! This session is your opportunity to share questions and ideas for effective, engaged and learning centred teaching through flexible and online formats. You will come away with new connections and inspiration, and be able to sign up for professional development opportunities with others who teach online in the fall.

Facilitators: Barb Mathieson & Bettina Boyle

Register now by emailing cte@capilanou.ca

Workshops for Department

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:

  • Using Formative Assessment to Gauge Student Learning in the Classroom
  • Easy Active Learning Strategies
  • Rubrics in a Flash: A Tool for Students and Teachers
  • Engaging students with In-Class Online Quizzes
  • Virtual Coaching hours: An alternative to Traditional Office Hours
  • Powerful Questions for Deeper Thinking and Better Classroom Discussions

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.

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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