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The Teaching & Learning Commons

KPU's teaching and learning centre has been renamed to the "Teaching and Learning Commons", formerly known as INSTL. The Commons extends beyond the typical definition of a teaching and learning centre. As you'll see through this website, the "Commons" is a place for all members of the University Community who have a common interest in teaching and learning. We invite and recognize contributions and experiences from the KPU community. Feel free to post in the blog and/or contact us if you have expertise you'd like to share (e.g. co-facilitating workshops, communities of practice, co-developing pro-d programs for KPU educators, etc.)

The Teaching and Learning Commons serves as catalyst, collaborator, connector, communicator and coordinator for teaching and learning at KPU. In other words, we are stewards, work in partnership with other academic and administrative departments and provide complementary expertise. Together, we will achieve exemplary student learning experiences and leadership in distinctive areas of teaching and learning within the BC post-secondary community, and beyond. You will have multiple opportunities to contribute to KPU's teaching and learning plan, as well as the Commons' directions. In the meantime, we welcome hearing from you.

For consultations or department-specific sessions or workshops, please contact the appropriate person below.


Stephanie Chu

Stephanie T.L. Chu, PhD
Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning
Office: Arbutus 2412, KPU Surrey

Gina Buchanan

Gina Buchanan, MEd, EdD (Cand.)
Senior Manager, Educational Development
604.362.7147 (c)

As the Senior Manager of Educational Development, Gina’s role is to collaborate with staff, faculty and administration to facilitate the development of teaching and learning excellence within the KPU community. In addition to the design, development and provision of information, resources and development opportunities for faculty and instructional staff (including workshops and other learning opportunities), Gina is also available for and interested in individual, group and departmental/faculty consultations and collaborations. For example, Gina would be interested in exploring strategies to enhance student engagement, assist educators in employing reflective journals and developing alternative assessment tools/strategies.

Katherine Boleszczuk

Katherine Boleszczuk, BA
Administrative Manager


Meg Goodine, Associate Arts, MA
Manager, Learning Technology

Meg works with the Learn Tech team to provide training and support for the KPU academic community in the use of KPU’s learning management system and other tools for use in teaching and learning.

Robin Leung

Robin Leung, BBA
Senior Learning Systems Administrator

As a key member of the Learn Tech team, Robin supports a suite of learning tools and platforms at KPU. Robin’s role includes:
• Collaborating with members of the Learn Tech team, IT, and faculty to provide administrative support to all learning platforms at KPU,
• Working with faculty and staff to provide user support through education and learning together,
• Providing user training in a one-to-one setting and in a workshop environment

Robin's interest lies in using digital tools to enhance the realms of teaching and learning.

Jay Singh

Judhbir (Jay) Singh, B.Tech
Learning Systems Support Specialist

Jay joined the Teaching and Learning department as the Learning Technologies Specialist in September 2016. As part of the small but mighty LearnTech team, Jay handles a variety of day-to-day IT service desk requests related to KPU's core suite of learning technology tools including Moodle, Mahara, Kaltura and VoiceThread.

He also provides systems administration, training and support through online forums, communities of practice sites, one-on-one consultations and face-to-face workshops. Jay is highly adept in systems analysis, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and conflict resolution. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from KPU.


Mustafa Mohammed

Mustafa Mohammed
Student Assistant (Moodle & Mahara support)

Mustafa is student assistant working with the Learn Tech team to provide drop-in support for faculty using Moodle and Mahara. He works out of the Learning Centres on each campus on a rotating schedule.

Lesley McCannell

Lesley McCannell, BA, MBA
ePortfolio Faculty Liaison
Business Instructor

Lesley supports Faculty and students with the integration of ePortfolios into their learning and development environments. Faculty can receive support in the following ways:
• Attend a Learning with ePortfolios hands-on workshop or schedule one specifically for your department,
• Schedule a one-on-one consult with Lesley to design and refine ePortfolio assignments and rubrics,
• Book a hands-on introduction to ePortfolios for your students,
• Explore the material on the ePortfolio Faculty Resources Moodle site.

David Burns

David Burns, PhD
Teaching Fellow, K-12 Transformation
Educational Studies Instructor
Principal Investigator, Kwantlen Educational Policy Incubator

As one of the two recently appointed Teaching Fellows in the K-16 Transformation portfolio, David will continue to partner with Surrey Schools to provide concrete examples of the kind of work produced in the new curriculum. In addition to these examples, he will produce explanatory resources about how KPU can prepare for this shift in educational practice. He is available to consult on the ways in which the new K-12 curriculum can be built on in KPU classrooms, the key changes KPU needs to be ready for, and the pedagogical experience the new BC grade 12 graduate will expect. (Term: Jan. 2018 to Aug. 2019)



Rajiv Jhangiani

Rajiv Jhaniani, PhD
Teaching Fellow, Open Studies (Outgoing)
Psychology Instructor
Senior Open Education Advocacy & Research Fellow, BCcampus

Farhad Dastur

Farhad Dastur, PhD
Teaching Fellow, Experiential Learning (Incoming)
Psychology & Interdisciplinary Amazon Field School Instructor
OER Research Fellow, Open Education Group
Member, Research Ethics Board

As the Teaching Fellow for Experiential Learning, Farhad is excited about supporting experiential learning opportunities in teaching. Many educators, across disciplines and programs, share some common teaching aspirations. We want our learners to:
• Become independent and reflective thinkers;
• Reflect on their learning by assessing their decisions against the consequences of those decisions;
• Apply their skills and conceptual understandings to authentic, real-world situations and problems.
Experiential learning—which happens whenever students learn from experience or learn by doing—can help support these pedagogical aspirations. To quote Lewis & Williams (1994), “Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking” (p. 5). Experiential learning activities are limited only by our imaginations. Here are diverse examples of how KPU faculty have used experiential learning in their teaching:

If you are interested in how to expand or deepen experiential learning opportunities in your teaching, Farhad is happy to meet over coffee/tea (his treat!) and begin the conversation.

Nancy Norman

Nancy Norman, PhD
Teaching Fellow, K-12 Transformation (Incoming)
Education Assistant Instructor
Faculty and Practicum Coordinator

Nancy is also a newly appointed Teaching Fellow in the K-16 Transformation portfolio. Her expertise centres around pedagogical approaches that use Universal Design as a framework for teaching and learning, and emphasize Differentiated Instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Nancy is available to support faculty in developing their toolbox of student-centred teaching approaches and resources, as well as provide insights and expertise about the recent changes to the K-12 curriculum in BC and how these changes will impact faculty instructional needs. (Term: Jan. 2018 to Aug. 2019)

Leeann Waddington

Leeann Waddington, RN, MS
Teaching Fellow, Learning Environments (Incoming)
Nursing Instructor

Thinking about how to enhance learning environments face-to-face and online? Want to get rid of lectures but not sure how? Trying to figure out this new generation of students and how they learn? Interested in blended or technology-enhanced learning but need support selecting apps and tools or what to do in class vs online? Leeann can help! Currently completing her doctorate of education in distance learning, Leeann is passionate about student engagement and supportive learning communities. She is knowledgeable about course and curriculum planning and supports her peers and colleagues in other programs to try new things. (Term: Jan. 2018 to Aug. 2019)