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How I Stopped Being the David Lee Roth of 1990’s Instruction
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How I Stopped Being the David Lee Roth of 1990’s Instruction

I first stood in-front of a class in the early 90’s. This was back when we still had chalkboards, and “no smoking” signs in the classrooms.  Having a handful of papers (remember paper?) shoved in my face accompanied by the imperative, “here, teach that!” represented the totality of my training.  So, I did what we…

Faculty Spotlight: Paola Gavilanez
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Faculty Spotlight: Paola Gavilanez

Why interior design?“It was always an interest,” Paola begins. “Growing up, I was always doing things with my hands,” such as making houses out of cardboard boxes for her Barbies. “Instead of playing with the Barbies, I would do staging and not touch it.” This isn’t surprising to learn. Paola’s father and aunt were architects,…

5 tips to create engaging educational videos
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5 tips to create engaging educational videos

Now that we are in the endemics, I am certain that most educators have at least created one video either through a conferencing tool like Zoom or Big Blue Button, a talking-head video with a webcam, or a voiceover of a PowerPoint presentation. But have you ever thought how your learner engages with this content?…

Service Learning: Creating connections and building community
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Service Learning: Creating connections and building community

One of my most enduring memories from my undergraduate years is a reading break project I participated in during my first year. I was assigned to a team of science students who would be volunteering in an elementary school in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, close to the Downtown Eastside. I remember feeling surprised when I saw…

Faculty Spotlight: Nishan Perera
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Faculty Spotlight: Nishan Perera

Nishan Perera is a regular faculty member of the KPU Marketing department, the Educational Consultant for Course Design and Assessment with the Teaching and Learning Common, and the former Chair of Marketing. For this edition of our Faculty Spotlight, Nishan shares his story with us. Also known as “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” Sri…