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Welcome to the KPU Teaching and Learning Commons Blog!

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Contributions by KPU Teaching & Learning Community members for the broader community. KPU educators, students, staff and administrators are invited to post your T&L stories, experiences, resources and events. “Login” (bottom right) using your KPU credentials to post. N.B. Postings are moderated to ensure tagging consistency and will appear on the main TL Commons page 15 minutes after approval.

Registration Now Open for the 2018 Teaching, Learning, Scholarship & Research Symposium!

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Are you interested in learning more about the teaching, learning, scholarship and research activities at KPU? Would you like to develop new connections with peers? Do you want to learn more about the work of your fellow colleagues? Join Teaching & Learning and the Office of Research & Scholarship at this year’s 2018 Teaching, Learning, Scholarship & Research Symposium!

Building on the Symposium’s theme, Collaborate, Create, Connect, this year’s event has a wide variety of interactive workshops, presentations, roundtable discussions, field trips and so much more! Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, KPU’s 2017 Honorary Doctor of Laws recipient and Professor Emeritus in UBC’s Faculty of Education, will provide a keynote address on Indigeneity and Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Decolonization, Indigenization, and/or Reconciliation?


Confirm your registration at the above link and we look forward to connecting with you in May!

A New Generation of Learners…How do We Teach Them?

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From the desk of Leeann Waddington, Teaching Fellow in Learning Environments and Nursing Instructor in the Faculty of Health _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Who are they? We call them Gen Z, millennials and digital natives – these are students born after 1990 and they have only known a world full of technology. As a result of their constant access to information, they could be considered the most educated generation even before they visit your classroom. They are wired for constant bits of information sharing.

What we know about them:

  • They like to stay connected at all times
  • They prefer collaboration, discussion and interactive experiences
  • They adopt technology at high levels and expect the same of others
  • They are used to 24/7 access to information and having trouble distinguishing fact from opinion
  • They are inclined to a global and a visual perspective
  • They need visually enhanced methods of teaching
  • They decide quickly if a video is worth watching
  • They have a desire to co-create, live stream and help make the activity as they participate and prefer images, icons and symbols to communicate
  • They listen to their social network
  • They like opportunity and guidance for how to achieve their goals

Technology is not the only way they disrupt our current view of learning environments; they embrace social learning that is hands-on. They want to be involved in the learning plan and process; they expect to be engaged rather than passive. In an article by Forbes (2018), 51% of surveyed students said they learn best by “doing” while only 12% said they learn by “listening”.

How do we support them? Choose a strategy or two that is comfortable to you:

  • Use social media to create ongoing connection
  • Allow/encourage the use of technology in class
  • Avoid lecture – try 10-minute conversations followed by a task
  • Skip the PowerPoint and build interaction in the class and outside of it
  • Try polling for in-class responses to questions using software/apps such as Kahoot and Polleverywhere
  • Provide visuals for learning such as Venn diagrams, models and images
  • Post all material online
  • Connect learning to real world experience
  • Create brief and meaningful experiences

While this may all seem overwhelming for Gen X’ers, take baby steps. One tech tool at a time and you will build better, more engaging courses. These students want to shape their journey with their teacher as a guide.



How Generation Z Is Shaping The Change In Education

Here Comes Z: Strategies To Engage A New Generation Of College Students

Additional Resources


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2018 D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning

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The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn ( D2L) are pleased to invite submissions, from across the world, for the 2018 D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning.

This award celebrates and recognizes innovative approaches that promote student-centred teaching and learning.

Awards are open to all instructors currently teaching at a post-secondary institution, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment. Applications in French or English are welcomed. Applicants do not need to be members of STLHE to apply.

Award recipients are expected to attend the 2018 STLHE conference, which will be held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on June 20 – 22, 2018, and an Award Recipients retreat which will be held the day before the conference.

The Award recipients (up to five per year) receive the following:

  • Up to $2,200.00 to offset the registration and travel costs to attend the Annual STLHE conference and an Award Recipients retreat the day before the conference
  • Two-year membership in STLHE
  • Certificate of Recognition

Deadline: Sunday, February 18, 2018

For further details and award criteria please visit: https://www.stlhe.ca/awards/d2l-innovation-award/

Call for Proposals: KPU’s 2nd Symposium for Teaching, Learning, Scholarship & Research

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Call for proposals: KPU’s 2nd Teaching. Learning, Scholarship & Research Symposium: Collaborate, Create & Connect.

Showcase, celebrate & share your experiences and/or that of your students to KPU Community members & beyond. Proposals invited by any KPU educator. Mon. Feb. 19. (co-sponsored by ORS & the Commons). Info.

2018 BCTLC Festival of Learning – Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

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The BC Teaching and Learning Council has extended proposal submissions for the 2018 Festival of Learning! The new deadline for submissions is Monday December 18, 2017.

The theme of this year’s event is Higher Education: Handle with Care and is based around the health of students, faculty, campuses and institutions in the context of post-secondary education. If you are interested in facilitating or presenting on educational technology, open education or teaching and learning, please visit the Call for Proposals website for more information on how to submit your proposal.

KPU faculty members who have accepted proposals and attend the 3 days of the Festival can receive a substantial subsidy from the Office of the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning. The subsidy amount available is dependent on the number of applications received; please email tlcommons@kpu.ca is you are interested.

Call for Presenters Teaching with Pizzazz 2018 – Building Communities in Higher Education

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Call For Presenters

Teaching with Pizzazz! Conference
‘Building Communities in Higher Education’

KPU Faculty of Health Research & Scholarship Committee and KPU Office of Research and Scholarship Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Faculty of Health (FoH) invites faculty, administrators, students and industry partners to submit proposals for presentations at our 2nd annual ‘Teaching with Pizzazz!’ Conference, Building Communities in Higher Education.

“Building Community” is the key to everything we do and to our success. Community-Campus partnerships that integrate educational programs, local business and industry stakeholders, students and teachers work together in a variety of settings – real and virtual.

Building communities in higher education positively impacts learning. It offers “real world” opportunities that translate classroom theory into practice.

We look forward to presentations that highlight best practice, scholarly inquiry and/or strategies for successful community engagement. Topics may include but are not limited to: integrating open resources, building empowered classroom communities, creating strong and collaborative program communities and/or establishing effective service learning experiences.

KPU Faculty of Health invites you to come and share tools that you have found particularly useful within your own teaching practice. We welcome examples from the classroom, online, lab and experiential environments.

Sessions may be conducted in a variety of ways; formal and informal presentations, discussions, panels, workshops – your choice!                                                                                                             Presentations must fit within either a 20 or 45 minute time frame. Proposals will be subject to a blind peer review.

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: 0900 – 1600
Location: KPU Langley Campus
20901 Langley Bypass
Langley, BC, V3A 8G9

  • Presenters are encouraged to be informal and engaging. Be creative! Have fun!
  • Faculty presentations that involve student presenters are welcomed.
  • Presenters will be notified of acceptance by email on: Friday, March 16, 2018.

Submission Requirements
Name of presenter(s) and institution, university or college affiliation.
Title and brief description of presentation.
Brief description of how student learning is positively impacted.
If applicable, include links to associated technologies and/or tools (including any associated costs).
Presenter Responsibilities
Maintain timely communications with the Conference staff.
Advise conference staff of any required equipment.
Presentations must fit within either a 20 or 45 minute time frame (your choice).

If you are interested in presenting, please reply by Friday, December 22, 2017:
KPU Faculty of Health: FoH@kpu.ca
Subject Line: Teaching With Pizzazz 2018!

Great Web Literacy Resource

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Mike Caulfield, Director, Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University, Vancouver, and lead on the Digital Polarization Initiative, was the keynote speaker at the BCcampus Educational Technology User Group’s Fall Workshop last week. It was an excellent talk followed by a hands-on workshop of practical strategies for evaluating information on the web.

His excellent resource, Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers, is freely available via Pressbooks: https://webliteracy.pressbooks.com.


2018/19 Teaching Fellows Appointed!

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The Teaching & Learning Commons is excited to announce the appointment of the next round of Teaching Fellows with terms beginning January 1, 2018. Welcome to….




Leeann Waddington, MS

Teaching Fellow, Learning Environments

Instructor, Nursing, Faculty of Health

Appointment Term: January 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019



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Dr. Farhad Dastur

Teaching Fellow, Experiential Learning

Instructor, Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Appointment Term: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018







Dr. David Burns

Teaching Fellow, K-12 Transformation

Instructor, Educational Studies, Faculty of Arts

Appointment Term: January 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019




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Dr. Nancy Norman

Teaching Fellow, K-12 Transformation

Instructor, Education Assistant Program, Faculty of Arts

Appointment Term: January 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019


The Office of the Vice Provost and Teaching & Learning Commons would like to extend their sincere thanks to the outgoing 2017 Teaching Fellows. Thank you to Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Teaching Fellow, Open Studies, Dr. Larissa Petrillo, Teaching Fellow, Experiential Learning and Dr. David Burns, Teaching Fellow, Learning Outcomes for your continued commitment and contributions to your areas of expertise!

Call for KPU Teaching Fellows & OER Grants now available

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Thanks to the extensive leadership and work by our current Teaching Fellows during our 2016/17 pilot, I’m pleased to announce the continuation of the Teaching Fellows program. Opportunities for faculty to take on leadership roles in current areas of priority are now available in Experiential Learning, Learning Environments and the K-12 Transformation. Deadline for applications: October 2, 2017. More information.

Additionally, KPU has received a BCcampus grant for Open Educational Resources. This funding is being matched by the Provost. The Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant program provides funding and staff support to KPU faculty members interested in creating, adapting, and adopting OERs (and other types of Open Pedagogy). Applications will be reviewed starting on October 15, 2017 until the available funding has been allocated. More information.