Impact, Ability, Alignment, and Imperfection: Making Pedagogical Decisions 
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Impact, Ability, Alignment, and Imperfection: Making Pedagogical Decisions 

As I near the end of my time in the Teaching and Learning Commons, I am reflecting on the last two years. I have reconceptualized my role as an educator several times since April 2020, integrating new tools, enacting greater pedagogical care, and problem solving in different ways. I’ve been introduced to new methodologies and…

Faculty Spotlight: Catherine Chow
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Faculty Spotlight: Catherine Chow

Catherine Chow is a Chemistry Instructor with the Faculty of Science and Horticulture at KPU. She completed her graduate studies at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in organometallic chemistry, and following a post-graduate internship at a chemical research lab in Germany, Catherine returned to Vancouver and joined us at KPU in 2013. In 2021,…

Promoting Expert Learning: Strategies for the Start of the Semester
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Promoting Expert Learning: Strategies for the Start of the Semester

As we enter each new semester, we look forward to greeting our students, anticipating their journey of learning and development, hopeful for what our students will achieve. In the midst of that hope, our expectations may be tempered with our knowledge, gained from past experience, that some of our students may not succeed. If only…

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Farhad Dastur
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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Farhad Dastur

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Farhad Dastur, a psychologyinstructor at KPU. We had a fruitful and energizing conversation where wediscussed his love for nature, his extensive traveling (I have a feeling I haven’theard half of the destinations he has explored), his passion for teaching, hisnew position in T&L Commons as an…

The Pedagogy and Practice of Peer Review
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The Pedagogy and Practice of Peer Review

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about peer reviews? Ponder for a moment and write down a few thoughts before you proceed. Did you think about peer reviews as a tool for students to assess the work of their peers, or a way to evaluate peer contributions towards…

Looking back and Looking ahead: Building on the lessons from the pandemic
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Looking back and Looking ahead: Building on the lessons from the pandemic

Recently, I gave a virtual keynote at the 2021 OLC Accelerate Conference. The title of my talk was 20/21: A Pedagogical Journey. In it I reflected on the journey of higher education over the past 18 months, including the many lessons learned and some of the lessons that have gone begging. In this post I share two…

Lessons from the Pandemic: Embedding open in your practice
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Lessons from the Pandemic: Embedding open in your practice

Many of us come to our work with complex and multifaceted values. For those of us engaged in work around open education, a common and shared value is the unwavering belief that education should be a public good. For many of us, this means that the learning taking place within our institutions should be as…

Faculty Spotlight: Rachel Chong
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Faculty Spotlight: Rachel Chong

Taanishi kiiyawow. As Rachel Chong greets me in Michif, the native tongue of her people, she smiles brightly. “I’m in no way an expert, but I’ve been trying to learn the traditional language of my ancestors recently. I’m still very new at this.” Crediting her newfound skill to St. Albert Further Education, where she recently…