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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.

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.

Scholarly Inquiry Grant Deadline Approaching! – October 1, 2017

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Are you a KPU faculty member interested in investigating emerging or innovative teaching and learning practices? Are you looking to enhance your students’ learning experience through the findings of your investigation?

KPU’s Teaching & Learning department is now accepting Scholarly Inquiry Grant applications for the Spring semester. For more information on this grant program, eligibility and details on the application process, please visit the following link.

Applications are due by 12:00 noon on October 1, 2017. Please email tlcommons@kpu.ca with any questions!

BCcampus ‘grants’ KPU students more financially accessible options

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KPU has cred when it comes to open education.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) can add another credential to the multitude of options for its students and this one comes with free textbooks.

KPU’s arts certificate received BCcampus’s newest grant, the Zed Cred program. The “Z” in Zed Cred refers to zero textbook costs by way of using open educational resources and/or free library materials.

“This recognition really cements KPU’s leadership in accessible post-secondary education,” said Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, a university teaching fellow in open studies and psychology instructor. “Open education is about inclusion, equity and diversity; all central values to the KPU community and, for that matter, to the Lower Mainland community.”

The criteria for the grant requires a set of courses in a specific program area that allows a student to earn a credential, such as a certificate program without having to pay for textbooks. KPU’s certificate in arts program was chosen because it demonstrated significant student savings and an innovative approach to learning and teaching.

With the full $35,000 grant, KPU will develop pathways for students to earn a certificate in arts by adopting and adapting pre-existing free online open education resources as well as creating new ones. The first pathway for the arts certificate program is set to launch this September with at least 2,100 students saving, on average, an estimated $1,000 each per year.

We’re proud to offer one of Canada’s first Zed Cred programs,” said Dr. Salvador Ferreras, provost and vice-president academic. “We’re all about open access and providing multiple means for learners to pursue their dreams. Zed Cred brings that all one step closer. KPU is perfectly positioned to lead the way into a bold and exciting future of open education.”

Any learning materials created under the Zed Cred program will be freely available and fully editable under the Creative Commons licence so that other post-secondary institutions in B.C. and around the world can borrow from their progress.

KPU also received an Open Education Resource Grant, which matches BCcampus funding with KPU funding for creating new open textbooks, redesigning existing resources, and providing workshops, training and other support services.

Story by Tatiana Tomljanovic & Erin Beattie


About BCcampus Established in 2003, BCcampus provides teaching, learning, educational technology and open education support to the post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Canada. We bring together the resources and expertise of the institutions in a collaborative model to develop curricular resources that are then made openly available. BCcampus also introduces and supports innovations in learning and teaching, and helps faculty and institutions evaluate and develop leading practice in the use of technology for learning. The work done by BCcampus enables a systemic approach to student learning in B.C. while recognizing the diversity of British Columbia’s post-secondary system.

Note: This post was reblogged from: http://www.kpu.ca/news/2017/07/14/bccampus-%E2%80%98grants%E2%80%99-kpu-students-more-financially-accessible-options

Employment Opportunity: Senior Manager, Educational Development

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I’m pleased to announce that we have a new position available: “Senior Manager, Educational Development.” Since my position also leads our teaching and learning centre at this time, this position will be my right-hand person, be responsible for Teaching and Learning Commons’ team and operations, developing programs, providing consultations and working with faculty, staff, departments and senior administrators. (In other words, it’s akin to an Associate Director that reports to a Vice Provost). This is an excluded, administrative position with direct reports.

This position is suitable for someone who is interested in having a substantial role in advancing teaching, learning and scholarship at a teaching university and contributing to the development and implementation of an institutional strategy on teaching and learning and related plan. It’s an exciting time at KPU as we are establishing a new Centre, developing internal capacity, and striving to be leaders on a number of fronts.

Ad for the position
Job description & org chart

While the position will remain open until filled, review of applications will start on July 24.