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About Us

Our Team 

Members of our team would be pleased to hear from you! Our general email address is tlcommons@kpu.ca We are located at the Surrey campus, Arbutus 2400, but are currently all working remotely.

Leadership

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Rajiv Jhangiani, PhD | Pro Tem Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning & Associate Vice Provost, Open Education
Contact: rajiv.jhangiani@kpu.ca | 604.599.3253
Office: Arbutus 2412, KPU Surrey

Rajiv leads KPU's open education initiatives, including the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources, the zero textbook cost (ZTC) program, and support for open pedagogy and open education research. Since February 2020 he has also provided leadership to the Teaching & Learning Commons (including educational development and learning technologies) and Continuing & Professional Studies.

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Leeann Waddington, RN, MS | Manager, Learning Technology & Educational Media
Contact: leeann.waddington@kpu.ca | 604.599.2114 | 604.316.3223(c)
Office: Arbutus 2414, KPU Surrey

Leeann leads the Learning Technology and Education Consultant teams in their efforts to support teaching excellence, through development of training and resources as well as individual and group consultations. She was previously an experienced faculty member, holds a Post Masters Certificate in Curriculum Design and is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Distance Education. She oversees the teaching and learning software acquisition and maintenance across the University. Leeann is passionate about learner centered design and alignment to 21st century skill development. She is an advocate for portfolio supported learning and the thoughtful integration of technology and hybrid course design.

Joel Murray

Joel Murray, EdD | Director, Flexible Learning and Academic Integrity 
Contact: joel.murray@kpu.ca |  604.599.3447
Office: Arbutus 2413, KPU Surrey

Joel is responsible for university-wide project management and operations in the development, implementation, coordination, evaluation, promotion, and growth of Continuing & Professional Studies (CPS). He also provides leadership and coordination for the development and implementation of strategies to help strengthen Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and to further build our institutional culture that values and upholds academic integrity. 

Adminstrative Support Staff

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Janice Webster | Administrative Coordinator
Contact: janice.webster@kpu.ca | 604.598.6215
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Janice is responsible for our day-to-day administrative support operations and supervises members of the team. Additionally, she supports the Vice Provost with calendaring, finances, projects, initiatives and events.

Andrea Votto

Andrea Votto | Administrative Assistant
Contact: andrea.votto@kpu.ca  | 604.599.2758
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Andrea is responsible for our day-to-day administrative support operations. She supports the T&L team as well as KPU faculty with various projects and requests. Andrea considers herself to be a lifelong learner and is passionate about encouraging an inclusive environment at KPU.

 

Linda Chance | Communications Support
Contact: linda.chance@kpu.ca

Linda comes to us temporarily from the Human Resources Auxiliary pool where she has held a variety of exciting auxiliary roles over the past 6 years. Linda is with us for 1 day/week to assist with communications tasks.

  ON LEAVE -- Radka Quigley | Communications & Events Specialist

Learning Technology

The Learning Technology Team supports our educators with adopting and using KPU tools and technologies for teaching. They provide one-on-one and small group consultations, as well as support and training. Though the team can assist with "how" to use tools and technologies, they can also assist you with the "why" (pedagogy). 

Lisa Gedak

Lisa Gedak | Teaching & Learning Technologies Strategist
Contact: lisa@gedak@kpu.ca | 604.598.5463
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Lisa’s role is to support faculty by using innovative strategies that create opportunities for the implementation of technology within their teaching practice, through a variety of methods including workshops, and individual and group consultations.  Lisa is passionate about instructional design and the intersection of pedagogy and technology.

Robin Leung

Robin Leung, BBA | Educational Media Strategist
Contact: robin.leung@kpu.ca | 604.599.2168
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Robin oversees KPU’s educational media platform Kaltura and supports faculty in the creation of media related projects. He can provide practical strategies to incorporate media-based assessments, engaging content; and can enhance traditional methods of teaching and learning by introducing faculty to digital innovations. Robin also supports our WordPress site for those who wish to incorporate blog-based assignments and communications.

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Mustafa Mohammed, BTech | Learning Technologies Systems Analyst
Contact: mustafa.mohammed@kpu.ca | 604.599.2125
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Mustafa oversees the KPU learning management system, Moodle, and supports faculty with the development and management of their sites and integrated tools, platforms, and functions, including Big Blue Button, H5P and Mahara. Mustafa can support end-users with the design of course templates to meet the unique needs of KPU departments and programs. 

Omar Jakir

Omar Jakir | Learning Technologies Support Junior Analyst
Contact: omar.jakir@kpu.ca | 
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Omar provides system and application administration and technical support for the development, maintenance, and enhancement of KPU's learning technology systems and technologies. Omar also troubleshoots problems with institutionally supported systems and technologies as well as provides other supportive functions. 

Open Education

Urooj Nizami

Urooj Nizami, MISt, MA | Open Education Strategist
Contact: urooj.nizami@kpu.ca 
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Urooj supports open education initiatives by providing expertise through consultations and technical training. She oversees the management of the Zero Textbook Cost Program (ZTC), the Open Education Research Institute, and provides support to Open Educational Resources (OER) grantees, Open Pedagogy Fellows, and Open Education Research Fellows. Urooj also co-facilitates the use of our Open Publishing Suite (OPUS).

Educational Consultants

Educational Consultants support KPU educators to further advance their teaching and scholarship practices, as well as the activities and efforts of the Teaching and Learning Commons. They are available for one-on-one or small group consultations and work with programs/departments to develop and facilitate tailored professional development (e.g. workshops, reading circles, etc.) or resources. 

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Gordon Cobb, PhD | Educational Consultant, Teaching with Technology (50%)
Contact: gordon.cobb@kpu.ca

Gordon worked as a composer, sound designer and filmmaker before completing a PhD in Arts Education from SFU.  He brings to the Teaching & Learning Commons a passion for creating experiential workshops and learning resources for both teachers and learners that are multimodal, interactive, interdisciplinary, and technology-oriented.  By incorporating current and emerging educational technologies into existing curricula, Gordon believes learners of all ages can develop and refine essential 21st Century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. 

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Jennifer Hardwick, PhD | Educational Consultant, Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Contact: jennifer.hardwick@kpu.ca

Jen is passionate about ensuring access and supports for learners who face barriers. She has spent the last 15 years teaching diverse students in large lecture halls, small seminars, academic bridging programs, Writing/Learning Centres, online environments, and co-curricular and community programs  She loves to problem solve and work collaboratively, and is keen to provide resources and supports to faculty as they adopt and practice Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She also welcomes conversations and consultations about intersecting fields such critical, digital, open, and decolonial pedagogies.

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Christina Page, MA | Educational Consultant, Intercultural Teaching Competency (50%)
Contact: Christina.page@kpu.ca

Christina supports faculty in their journey of understanding and enriching learning for culturally diverse students, while aiming to facilitate a more joyful intercultural teaching experience. In addition to her work in the Teaching and Learning Commons, her KPU Learning Strategist role allows her to see the learning process from the student side and to integrate her understanding of both faculty and student perspectives.  Her educational background includes applied linguistics and educational studies, and her roles have included ESL instructor, literacy consultant, researcher, and adult educator in both Canadian and international contexts.  Christina facilitates workshops, connects faculty with relevant resources, and is available for individual consultations.

Nishan Perera

Nishan Perera, PhD | Educational Consultant, Course Design and Assessment (50%)
Contact: nishan.perera@kpu.ca

Nishan considers himself as a creative professional educator with a passion for teaching and research in the fields of Business and Marketing. He has over twenty-five years of consolidated experience in teaching, curriculum development, academic administration, training, entrepreneurial and commercial business management. He loves to use technology for teaching and has a deep appreciation in integrating technology with pedagogy to enhance student learning. Nishan provides consultations to faculty on curriculum development with an emphasis on delivering courses in a blended and an online format. 

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Gillian Sudlow, BA, BEd, MET | Educational Consultant, Course Design
Contact: gillian.sudlow@kpu.ca
 
Gillian has been supporting learners in their journey to develop their skills and obtain their educational goals for over twenty years. She is a fierce advocate for open access to education and her scholarly interests include competency-based assessment, micro-credentials and open pedagogy. She is excited to work with the inspiring and dedicated team in KPUs Teaching and Learning Commons and is looking forward to supporting faculty with consultations on instructional design and assessment, particularly in blended and online formats.

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Seanna Takacs, PhD | Educational Consultant, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) (50%)
Contact: seanna.takacs@kpu.ca

Seanna has worked with children, teens, and young adults with learning difficulties from the earliest stages of her career. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from SFU where she studied reading comprehension and more broadly, variation in language acquisition and literacy processes. Seanna was an instructor in post-secondary for ten years, teaching courses on instructional psychology, reading, and learning disabilities. Her interest in Universal Design for Learning is contemporaneous with her investigation of learning differences: what differences exist, are those differences meaningful, and how can we ameliorate those differences through strong teaching and curriculum design practices? Combined with her role in Accessibility Services at KPU, Seanna is excited to work on both sides of the fence supporting both students and instructors in equitable educational access for all.

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Laurel Tien, PhD  | Educational Consultant, Course Design
Contact: laurel.tien@kpu.ca

Laurel's teaching and research over the past ten years has focused on holistic, integral and transformational approaches to education. This has given her experience in supporting learners at a wide variety of places in their academic journey. She has a variety of educational development experiences, including curriculum development, program assessment, and instructional design.

Teaching Fellows

The Teaching Fellows support and advance the quality of our teaching and learning at KPU by supporting educators through consultations, sessions and developing resources and liaising with related, external networks. Focus areas align with key priorities in our Academic Plan.

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Arley Cruthers, BA, MFA | Teaching Fellow, Open Education (25%)
Contact: arley.cruthers@kpu.ca
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Arley's area of interest is open education and open pedagogy. She's happy to help you find open educational resources or find ways to bring open pedagogy into your classroom.

Lesley McCannell

Lesley McCannell, MBA | Teaching Fellow, Intercultural and Internationalization (25%)
Contact: lesley.mccannell@kpu.ca | 604.599.2168
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Lesley supports faculty to create a culture of inclusion by supporting the development of intercultural capabilities and incorporating inclusive pedagogies.  Lesley also provides consultations for individuals and maintains a resource site and community of practice for faculty and departments as they explore approaches to internationalization and intercultural teaching.

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Lilach Marom, PhD | Teaching Fellow, Intercultural and Internationalization (25%)
Contact: lilach.marom@kpu.ca | 604.599.2814
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Lilach Marom is a graduate of the Department of Education Studies at the University of British Columbia. She has a wide experience in formal and informal education in diverse contexts. Lilach’s research is focused on questions of equity, multiculturalism, and social justice in education. She lives with her family on the unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-waututh and Musqueam Nations.

Larissa Petrillo
 

Larissa Petrillo, PhD | Teaching Fellow, Experiential Education & Community Engagement (50%)
Contact: larissa.petrillo@kpu.ca| 604.599.2312 | Experiential Learning Website (kpu.ca/experiential)

Larissa is available to consult with faculty and instructors to realize KPU’s polytechnic mandate through the expansion and enhancement of experiential learning opportunities and to establish a network/community of practice, resources and plan to sustain Experiential Learning at KPU. Specifically, she will:

  1. Provide consultation, support, resources and training to educators and programs to design, implement and evaluate (e.g. through scholarly inquiry) new or advanced experiential learning opportunities and initiatives.
  2. Initiate systems for showcasing common interests, projects, and deliverables.
  3. Connect, communicate and celebrate experiential learning at KPU (both internally and externally).
  4. In collaboration with the Vice Provost, establish strategic directions and a plan for experiential learning and related community engagement for KPU.
  5. Lead KPU's participation in the Canadian pilot for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.