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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
604.362.8137 (c)
Office: Arbutus 2416, KPU Surrey

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. Consultations info. 

Katherine Boleszczuk

Katherine Boleszczuk, BA
Administrative Manager
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Katherine supports the leadership team, and oversees the administrative and Financial operations. 


Radka Quigley
Communications & Events Specialist
Office: Fir 3425, KPU Surrey

Radka coordinates event logistics and communications.

Learning Technologies Team

Leeann Waddington

Leeann Waddington, RN, MS
Manager, Learning Technology & Educational Media
Office: Arbutus 2416, KPU Surrey

In addition to leading the Learning Technologies team, Leeann's area of focus is technology in the classroom and hybrid learning environments. If you are considering moving some of your face-to-face course online, would like to engage students in the classroom with technology or need support with online program design she looks forward to supporting your needs. Consultations info. 


Junsong (Jun) Zhang, MEd, MDM
Teaching & Learning Technologies Strategist
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Jun develops learning technology training, and consults with faculty on the interface between technology and pedagogy.

Robin Leung

Robin Leung, BBA
Educational Media Strategist
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Robin oversees KPU's educational media tool portfolio, and supports faculty in the development of educational media.

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Mustafa Mohammed
Learning Technology Support Analyst
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Mustafa supports faculty with their Moodle and Mahara development needs.

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Anmol Mangat
Student Assistant
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Anmol provides faculty with in-person assistance with their Moodle sites. Contact her by email to schedule a site visit.

Educational Consultants & Teaching Fellows

Lesley McCannell

Lesley McCannell, BA, MBA
Educational Consultant, ePortfolio (.25) & Internationalization (.25)
Business Instructor


Kristie Dukewich
Educational Consultant (0.25)
Psychology Instructor


David Burns, PhD
Teaching Fellow, K-12 Transformation (Jan 2018 - Aug 2019)
Educational Studies Instructor
Principal Investigator, Kwantlen Educational Policy Incubator

As one of the two Teaching Fellows in the K-12 Transformation portfolio, David partners with Surrey Schools to collect concrete examples of the kind of work produced in the new curriculum. In addition to these examples, he produces 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.

Nancy Norman, PhD
Teaching Fellow, K-12 Transformation (Jan 2018 - Aug 2019)
Education Assistant Instructor
Faculty and Practicum Coordinator

Nancy is also a Teaching Fellow in the K-12 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.

Farhad Dastur

Farhad Dastur, PhD
Teaching Fellow, Experiential Learning

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; and 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. 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.