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: Amanda Bickell

Faculty Spotlight: Amanda Bickell

Amanda Bickell is the Program Chair of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Entrepreneurial Leadership program at KPU. For this edition of our Faculty Spotlight, Amanda joins us in a conversation about her entrepreneurial spirit, her role as a learning coach in the classroom, and creating spaces for failure. “The one thing I show…

Open Pedagogy and the Inclusion of Marginalized Students  
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Open Pedagogy and the Inclusion of Marginalized Students  

You can listen to this blog! Audio version of Open Pedagogy and the Inclusion of Marginalized Students Introduction In 1976, for my high school capstone project, my teacher supported my chosen topic: the dispute over Indigenous rights and the proposed Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline through the Yukon and Northwest Territories. I heard Dr. Thomas Berger…

A Suite of Checklists to Develop Blended Courses @ KPU

A Suite of Checklists to Develop Blended Courses @ KPU

As we gradually return to the classroom after almost two years of online teaching, you may be thinking about your teaching practice, perhaps creative ways to combine both in-person and online learning. If you are interested to develop a course in a blended format, and not very sure where to start, I hope to pique…

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,…

A Foundational Path to Initiate Any Course Design: Constructive Alignment, Backwards Design & SAMR 

A Foundational Path to Initiate Any Course Design: Constructive Alignment, Backwards Design & SAMR 

When seeking to expand your theoretical inspiration for teaching, it is sometimes hard to know where to start; and whether a theory you are exploring is applicable to the design in general, or better suited to specific stages in the selection, creation or delivery of content. This is something every instructor must decide for themselves…

How the Metaverse Will Change Teaching & Learning
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How the Metaverse Will Change Teaching & Learning

The implications of the Metaverse are ubiquitous and will alter many aspects of our lives. In this blogpost I focus on two ways the Metaverse will change teaching and learning in higher education. But first, a question: What is the Metaverse? a) a Digital Disneyland where we can escape from the banality of lifeb) self-referential…

Sorry to Disrupt You: Learning through turmoil to unlock our future potential
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Sorry to Disrupt You: Learning through turmoil to unlock our future potential

As 2021 was drawing to a close, I found myself reflecting on the challenges and successes of the past year and anticipating a more normal 2022. As we began the New Year, it was clear that it would not be normal, and I began to wonder what normal even is? The pandemic continues to challenge…