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The Team

Meet the brains behind the operation and get acquainted with our leadership, administrative support staff, learning technology, open education, and educational consultant teams. We’re here to help!

Our Team 

Have a question? Send us an email at tlcommons@kpu.ca. We'd love to hear from you!

The Commons team has embraced a blended approach to work, but our offices (located in Arbutus 2400, Surrey) are open during regular business hours. 

Leadership

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Rajiv Jhangiani, PhD | Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning
Contact: rajiv.jhangiani@kpu.ca | 604.599.3253
Office: Arbutus 2412, KPU Surrey

Rajiv is responsible for the strategy and leadership of the Teaching & Learning Commons. This includes overseeing the development of resources, training, and other supports for faculty professional development, the enhancement and ongoing maintenance of KPU’s suite of learning technologies, and, currently, supporting the continuity of teaching and learning activities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Rajiv also oversees 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. His portfolio also includes the development and execution of a new strategy for Continuing & Professional Studies and oversight of a Ministry-funded project designed to provide supports for experienced learners and working adults.  

Rajiv holds a doctorate in Social & Personality Psychology and a Master’s degree in Cognitive Science (both from UBC) and was previously a faculty member in the Psychology department at KPU. His teaching has been recognized by the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award in the Department of Psychology at UBC and the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence Award at KPU.  

Rajiv is a ukulelist, a tennis player, and a retired professional dancer.  

Rajiv’s SUPERPOWER 

The Artist: Envisions a more beautiful world, sketches outlines, mixes colours, and works to paint this reality.  

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Leeann Waddington, RN, MS | Director, Learning Technologies and Educational Development
Contact: leeann.waddington@kpu.ca | 604.599.2114 | 604.316.3223(c)
Office: Arbutus 2414, KPU Surrey

Leeann leads the Learning Technology and Educational Consultant teams in their efforts to support innovation in teaching and learning at KPU. Leeann oversees and advances existing KPU supported educational technologies and tools to align with institutional values and current best practices.  

Previously an experienced faculty member, Leeann holds a Post Masters Certificate in Curriculum Design and is a doctoral candidate in the Distance Education EdD at Athabasca University. Leeann is an advocate for the culture of folio thinking pedagogy and its potential to revolutionize KPU's learning landscape. 

Leeann loves to garden, quilt and relax at her island home and is always up for a culinary challenge as a self-taught chef.  

Leeann's SUPERPOWER  

The Magician: Gives the illusion that juggling numerous tasks is as simple as Abracadabra, and has the ability to see the possibilities and strengths in people and systems.  

Marcelina

Marcelina Piotrowski | Director, Flexible Learning and Academic Integrity
Contact: marcelina.piotrowski@kpu.ca
Office: Arbutus 2413, KPU Surrey

Marcelina has a tripartite portfolio. She is responsible for academic integrity strategy university-wide, directs Continuing and Professional Studies at KPU, and provides leadership on prior-learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) initiatives. 

Marcelina holds a doctorate in cross-faculty inquiry in Education from UBC and has taught courses in Media and Communication Studies, Adult and Higher Education, and Teacher Education. She loves to research, write, mountain bike, and ski.  

Marcelina's SUPERPOWER

The Astronomer: Examines objects in motion and surges in energy that produce new events and can also lead to black holes. 

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 in their efforts to support innovation in teaching and learning at KPU. Janice manages the Commons’ Scholarship and Funding initiatives and also supports the Vice Provost with calendaring, finances, projects, initiatives, and events. 

Janice loves to garden on her rural acreage and enjoys canning her home-grown veggies every fall. 

Janice’s SUPERPOWER  

The Investigator: Janice is determined to find the answers and works with her colleagues to provide a high level of support to the KPU community. 

Kim Wdowiak

Kim Wdowiak | Administrative Assistant
Contact: kim.wdowiak@kpu.ca | 
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Kim is the first friendly face you will see when you enter Arbutus 2400. In addition to being a warm welcome to our space, some of Kim’s responsibilities include calendaring, assisting in the day to day operations of the TL Commons office, supporting the TL Commons email inbox, coordinating departmental meetings and supporting funding applications and grants for the Teaching & Learning Innovation Fund program. 

Kim is a strong advocate for cat rescue centers and often volunteers by fostering abandoned female cats and their kittens until they are healthy and ready for adoption.

Kim’s SUPERPOWER  

The Greeter: Kim strives to be friendly, personable, and will always welcome you with a friendly hello and warm smile.

Andrea Votto

Andrea Votto | Communications & Events Specialist
Contact: andrea.votto@kpu.ca  | 604.599.2758
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Andrea assists in the daily marketing, communications, promotion, and event planning strategies for the Teaching & Learning department. In addition to managing our newsletter, Andrea also contributes to the coordination of our blog, Pedagogy + Practice, and helps develop and maintain the department's website and social media channels. 

Andrea considers herself a lifelong learner. She is an avid reader and enjoys watching various documentaries at home with her three cats, Oliver, Frankie and Maisie. 

Andrea’s SUPERPOWER 

The Shape-Shifter: The ability to smoothly adapt to and learn new tasks. 

Tina Ly

Tina Ly | Communications & Events Specialist
Contact: virginia.ly@kpu.ca
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Alongside Andrea, Tina also assists in the daily marketing, communications, promotion, and event planning strategies for the Teaching & Learning department. In addition to managing our newsletter, Tina also contributes to the coordination of our blog, Pedagogy + Practice, and helps develop and maintain the department's website and social media channels.

As the daughter of first-generation refugees, Tina is passionate about personal and community histories and the power of storytelling. At home, you can find her wading through strange baking recipes and writing stories about love.

Tina's SUPERPOWER

The Storyteller: Connecting with people within spaces of creativity and compassion to empower our stories and experiences to be heard.

  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 aims to inspire faculty to innovate their teaching practices by using modernized strategies that support their chosen pedagogical approaches and create technology implementation opportunities. Lisa assists the faculty in re-imagining their course and program design.   

Lisa supports faculty through various methods, including workshops, webinars, and individual and group consultations.  Lisa is passionate about instructional design, the intersection of pedagogy and technology, and philosophical approaches supporting learner-centred education. Lisa is currently completing a Master of Arts degree in learning and technology through Royal Roads University (RRU).  

Additionally, Lisa loves impromptu sing-alongs and is a self-proclaimed comedian.  

Lisa's SUPERPOWER  

The optimist: Spinning a positive twist on otherwise challenging solutions.

Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan, M.Ed. | Teaching & Learning Technologies Strategist
Contact: christopher.ryan1@kpu.ca 
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Chris works to help instructors clarify their learning outcomes and the best path(s) to these outcomes. He works by applying time-proven instructional design theory to articulate a variety of solutions to effectively mix KPU technology with instructor experience.  

He helps by providing one-to-one consultations, workshops and any other useful methods to help maintain and improve KPU’s academic excellence. Chris loves to learn and deepen his knowledge of real-world and online education to not just transfer curriculum through pedagogical principles, but enliven it with creative applications of the ever-growing suite of learning tools.  

He is the second funniest team member next to Lisa and loves to play music, get outdoors to hike or snowboard and loves meeting new people from all walks of life. 

Chris’s SUPERPOWER 

The Talker: Engages in meaningful conversation with humans and animals, powered by the Blarney Stone of his ancestors’ homeland. 

Robin Leung

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

Robin brings both technical and creative experience to his interactions supporting faculty in creating and implementing educational media content, activities and assessment strategies in various teaching and learning contexts, which faculty can use to support student engagement, digital skill development, and facilitate learner-created content.  

Robin oversees KPU's educational media platform and KPU's content management system software. Always abreast of current educational media trends, Robin provides practical approaches for faculty to incorporate media-based assessments, engaging content and blog-based assignments. 

Outside of work, Robin is a foodie, a content creator, and loves exploring new places.  

Robin's SUPERPOWER

The contemplator: Quietly listens, gathers information, deeply reflects and provides practical solutions.

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

Mustafa manages the backend and integration of KPU's EdTech systems.  Mustafa supports technical staff in logging, analyzing and resolving system problems.  Mustafa also provides technical guidance to faculty with the learning management system, conferencing tools, e-portfolio tools and other integrated tools and platforms.

Mustafa strives to improve KPU systems, processes, and technologies through his extensive knowledge and passion for data analytics.  

Mustafa is a sports and auto enthusiast and is always on the hunt for new tech innovations. 

Mustafa's SUPERPOWER  

The fixer: The ability to troubleshoot problems in original and inventive ways.

Omar Jakir

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

Omar investigates, analyzes, and troubleshoots KPU supported EdTech systems. Omar provides instructional and technical support to faculty users of KPU's Learning Management System (LMS) and creates resources and documentation to support educational technologies.  

Omar also delivers various workshops and provides one-on-one consultations with users who require assistance utilizing KPU's systems and technologies.   

Outside of KPU, Omar is a passionate volunteer at a local cat rescue organization and is an avid sports fan. 

Omar's SUPERPOWER  

The keen eye: Observes his surroundings and absorbs the details to enhance his understanding of people and situations.

Olivia Jeon

Olivia Jeon | Learning Technologies Junior Analyst
Contact: olivia.jeon@kpu.ca 
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey

Olivia administers day to day operations of LMS and other learning tools used at KPU. Ridhima provides instructional and technical support to faculty users of KPU's Learning Management System (LMS) by investigating and troubleshooting and creates documentation resolutions to support educational technologies.  

Olivia is a flutist, a gaming enthusiast, and loves cooking and baking in her free time.

Olivia's SUPERPOWER  

The Chameleon: Has the ability to change her skills to fit any changed circumstances.

Ridhima Suri

Ridhima Suri | Learning Technologies Junior Analyst
Contact: ridhima.suri@kpu.ca
Office: Arbutus 2400, Surrey

Olivia administers day to day operations of LMS and other learning tools used at KPU. Ridhima provides instructional and technical support to faculty users of KPU's Learning Management System (LMS) by investigating and troubleshooting and creates documentation resolutions to support educational technologies. 

Ridhima loves travelling to new places and is very fond of dancing. 

Ridhima's SUPERPOWER  

The Versatile: Excels doing diverse and numerous tasks and activities. 

Open Education

Urooj Nizami

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

Urooj supports and facilitates open education initiatives by providing expertise through consultations and technical training. She oversees the management of the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Program, 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).  

Urooj has a master's degree from McGill University’s School of Information Studies as well as a master’s degree in Religion from Temple University.   

Outside of work, Urooj spends her time in the garden sometimes with her fruits and vegetables, but mostly with her roses. She’s also skilled at roping her spouse into very colourful home projects.  

Urooj’s SUPERPOWER  

The Can-doer: Believes and is determined to make the biggest dreams of others a reality by harnessing the right support. 

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. 

Jennifer Anaquod

Jennifer Anaquod | Educational Consultant, Indigenization (50%)
Contact: jennifer.anaquod@kpu.ca

Jennifer is Nehiyaw and Anishnaabe from Muscowpetung First Nation located in Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan but has grown up and lives as a guest on Coast Salish territory. Jennifer’s background is in Indigenous education with a specialization in curriculum development. Jennifer currently teaches INDG1100 and Cree 1100. 

Jennifer draws on the 4 R’s of respect, reciprocity, relevance and responsibility to create safe spaces of discussion to unpack the complex topic of Indigenization.

Catherine Chow

Catherine Chow | Educational Consultant, Teaching Excellence in Science & Horticulture (25%)
Contact: catherine.chow@kpu.ca

Catherine draws on her experience teaching students in chemistry lectures and labs to relate to challenges experienced by STEM faculty, and to help them explore different approaches to teaching. She looks forward to collaborating with the other members of the Teaching and Learning Commons to support faculty and teaching staff in the Faculty of Science and Horticulture. She’s always happy to connect to discuss topics such as alternative assessments or technology in learning.

Farhad Dastur

Farhad Dastur, PhD | Educational Consultant, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (50%)
Contact: farhad.dastur@kpu.ca

Farhad wants to encourage a culture of scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning at KPU.  Farhad has served KPU for 21 years in many roles and, in 2021, he was awarded Senate's Distinguished Service Award.  Farhad believes that good scholarship is driven by curiosity and balances imagination with critical thinking. Teaching becomes a scholarly activity when we systematically inquire into student learning and then share those insights--all in the service of improving our teaching practices. If you are interested in moving your teaching beyond practice to scholarly-informed practice, then book a consultation with Farhad. His preference is for relaxed, face-to-face meetings over good coffee.

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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.