Open Education. A series of opportunities are being planned for raising awareness about open education, open pedagogy and open educational resources. For information on upcoming open education events, please visit our Open Education page.
Teaching Fellows. The Teaching Fellows have begun their fellowships in Open Studies, Learning Outcomes and Experiential Learning. To contact them for consultations or department-specific workshops or session, please see "About Us".
We continue to plan Teaching & Learning Professional Development activities for the coming months. New and exciting upcoming events include the Teaching, Learning and Research Symposium from June 7th to 9th at the Surrey campus. The Symposium will provide faculty and students with an opportunity to showcase their areas of study and share lessons learned in teaching, learning and research. More details on upcoming workshops can be found on our Events & Programs page.
HRMT faculty member and ePortfolio champion, Lesley McCannell, has be working with the Teaching & Learning Commons to support faculty members interested in exploring ePortfolio learning. She has been delivering workshops, coaching sessions and facilitating an ePortfolio resource site and community of practice: http://bit.ly/KPUeport (click the Guest Access button if you don't have a Moodle account).
To see Mahara in action, visit our KPU Eportfolio Case Studies page. History: On April 25, 2016, we upgraded to a new version of Mahara (15.10) providing students and faculty with a new responsive theme and improved usability. The Mahara eportfolio platform was officially implemented in the summer of 2015 and is now a fully supported service with single-sign on from our main Moodle site.
The digital badge for the Plagiarism Awareness Tutorial was implemented in Fall 2015. As of May 2016, over 3,700 students have earned a digital badge for completing the tutorials. A digital badge is issued to those students who enroll in the "I Cite My Sources" Moodle course and successfully complete the tutorials and quizzes. The badge appears in the students' Moodle profile and students can send a link to their badge to other instructors as proof of completion as an alternative to the current paper certificates. We are getting feedback from instructors and students and will work with the Library to make a decision on whether to fully implement open badges for these tutorials for the Fall 2015 semester.
For an overview of Open Badges and how they are being implemented elsewhere, see the slides from Don Presant's March 5, KPU presentation: http://bit.ly/1B1QtXW or visit Don's eportfolio page on open badges
The Learning Technology team will be upgrading KPU's Moodle instance in April 2017. More information to come or contact Meg Goodine.
In 2017, a Richmond classroom will be updated to support active and collaborative learning. Working with faculty members and instructors, we'll determine the equipment, furniture and set up together and test it out to inform future classroom designs. An existing room that was reconfigured in 2015 is FIR 136. If you are using this room and are interested in providing feedback and looking at its potential impact on students' learning, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of faculty, staff and administrators have formed the Acetate Transition Working Group to determine a solution for phasing out acetates in classroom learning at KPU. The group's mandate is to determine the best solution possible and establish a transition plan to the new learning technology chosen. The group hosted its first meeting during the week of March 27, 2017.