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!

New Faculty Orientation

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Instructional Skills Workshop

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Active Learning Online

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Sep. 25, 2019 CAPU BOOK CLUB

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.

Kick off meeting: September 17, 2019 10:00 am  FR402A

October 1
October 15
October 29

All faculty member welcome!

Email us at cte@capilanou.ca to join.

Sep 18, 2019 TEACHING Triangles

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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).

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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)



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.

Kick off: August 29, 2019 1-2:20 pm LB145

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

Register now by emailing cte@capilanou.ca

Faculty Teaching & Learning with Engagement

Dr. Mary Giovannetti will be leading a faculty learning community (FLC) entitled Teaching and Learning with Engagement. Expect to meet faculty from other disciplines, engage in teaching and learning conversations, and share teaching and learning ideas and innovations. You will be guaranteed to make new friends, enjoy some good food, and experience a comfortable, engaging, learning environment.
Starts on Oct. 3,2019 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Meeting: Oct.17 Oct.31 Nov.13 Nov.27 Dec.12

Sep 27, 2019 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

Sep 13, 2019 FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY - Teacher as Researcher

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

Kick off: September 13, 2019 1:00 –3:00 pm FR402

“Are you interested in and excited about engaging in developing a research inquiry 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!

The FLC will meet generally every second Friday for the first term and possibly every third Friday for the Spring semester.

September 13
September 27
October 11
October 25
November 8
November 22
December 6

Please email cte@capilanou.ca to register.

Sparkshops – On Demand Mini Workshops (Sparkshops)

Sparkshops aron demand mobile mini-workshops, facilitated by CTE or a CTE faculty associateSparkshops 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. 




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

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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