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The Teaching and Learning Commons serves as a catalyst, collaborator, connector, communicator, and coordinator for teaching and learning at KPU. The teaching and learning blog “Pedagogy + Practice” strives to increase connection with faculty by sharing our thoughts on important teaching and learning topics and inviting you to share with others. We hope to invoke curiosity and provide resources for further exploration. If you would like this to be delivered weekly to your email, please subscribe, if you prefer to browse at your leisure, please visit as often as you like.

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A Rose by Any Other Name: Competency & Mastery-Based Learning and Assessments
Learning Assessment

A Rose by Any Other Name: Competency & Mastery-Based Learning and Assessments

Introduction In the ever-changing landscape of Canadian higher education, discussions persist around the “best” pedagogical approaches to student learning, instruction, and assessment. Traditional education often relies on seat time, percentage-based grading, and conventional “pen and paper” assessments like essays and exams (Malan, 2000; Diegelman-Parente, 2011; Sturgis, 2014). Non-traditional education, particularly evolving over the last century,…

Embracing the Chaos: The Power of Authentic Assessments and the Beautiful Messiness of Learning
Technology

Embracing the Chaos: The Power of Authentic Assessments and the Beautiful Messiness of Learning

Teaching and Learning’s continuing endeavor to create more active intentional partnering has me engaged in more conversations with faculty and staff. In some of our conversations, I asked instructors to share their thoughts and feelings regarding their practices and perception of the educational landscape from the start of the pandemic to now. Responses varied from…

Recognize the Whole Person: A Student-Centered Intercultural Teaching Framework
Intercultural Teaching

Recognize the Whole Person: A Student-Centered Intercultural Teaching Framework

If we asked our students to tell us what is most important in an intercultural teaching practice, what would they say? That’s the question that came to my mind as I began my doctoral research several years ago. I’d read a number of helpful frameworks that provide guidance for my professional development as an instructor…

Introducing the FSH Notebook – A resource for STEM education
Technology

Introducing the FSH Notebook – A resource for STEM education

Access the FSH notebook here! At KPU, our faculty and staff in the Faculty of Science and Horticulture play a critical role in the education and training of the next generation of scientists. The work of our students will no doubt be needed in the future to tackle some of the biggest challenges humanity has…

Embracing technology-enhanced learning: Provides support, accessibility, and flexibility for students in their educational journey
Technology

Embracing technology-enhanced learning: Provides support, accessibility, and flexibility for students in their educational journey

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we (as humans) are flexible beings and various examples show there is increased flexibility coming out of the pandemic. Remote and hybrid work models provide flexibility in work and life balance, telehealth enables patients to access healthcare in remote and hard to access areas, and…

The league of champions: ePortfolio initiatives supporting excellence at KPU
ePortfolios | Faculty

The league of champions: ePortfolio initiatives supporting excellence at KPU

“The electronic or digital portfolio is an ideal format for collecting evidence of student learning, especially for those outcomes not amenable or appropriate for standardized measurement. Additionally, ePortfolios can facilitate student reflection upon and engagement with their own learning across multiyear degree programs, across different, and across diverse learning styles while helping students set and…