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The Commons team has embraced a blended approach to work, but our offices (located in Arbutus 2400, Surrey) are open during regular business hours.
Leeann Waddington, EdD, MSN, BSN | Associate Vice President, Teaching & Learning
Previously an experienced faculty member, Leeann holds a Post Masters Certificate in Curriculum Design and Doctorate in Education from 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 be with friends and family, she loves hanging out with her horse or her dog as well as summer gardening and winter quilting or crocheting. She is always up for a culinary challenge as a self-taught chef.
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.
Nishan Perera, Ph.D., M.Ed., M.B.A | Director, Learning Technologies and Educational Development
Nishan is responsible for leading a team of Teaching and Learning Strategists and Educational Developers to support faculty in their pursuit of teaching excellence through the development of resources, delivery of training and provision of individual faculty consultation on all topics related to course design and delivery. He partners to support learning technology infrastructure and participates in University wide communities to provide teaching and learning expertise.
Nishan holds a doctorate in educational technology and learning design from SFU and brings experience in teaching, curriculum development, academic administration, training, entrepreneurial and marketing management. He loves to use technology for teaching and has a deep appreciation in integrating technology with pedagogy to enhance teaching and learning.
Nishan loves to mountain bike, garden, hike and binge watch movies, documentaries.
The Organizer: Loves to organize, strategize, support tasks and projects to make tasks simple.
Mustafa Mohammed, BTech | Manager, Learning Technology Systems Operations
The Manager, Learning Technology Systems Operations is a new role responsible for the effective operations of technology tools and platforms that support the teaching and learning environments at KPU. They provide leadership to the learning technology support analyst team and serve as a project leader for new tools, partnering with colleagues in IT to implement, evaluate and maintain the operations of learning technology systems. They coordinate process improvement within their unit to ensure timely and accurate delivery of support services to the end users of the learning technology systems. They will establish and maintain partnership with vendors as well IT, Privacy office and other operational areas to execute projects.
This role reports to the Director of Learning Technology and Educational Development. Reporting directly to this position are Learning Technology Senior Analysts, Learning Technology Support Analysts, Co-op students, and casual employees as required.
Mustafa brings over 10 years of experience as a Software Developer and is highly skilled in the creation and execution of innovative software solutions to enhance productivity. He also possesses over 5 years of experience analyzing, designing, administering and implementing learning & content management systems. Mustafa has a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Over the last 5 years, he has served as a Senior Systems Analyst in the Learning Technology department of the Teaching & Learning Commons where he functioned as the technical lead for the learning technologies supported by the Teaching & Learning Commons.
The Fixer: The ability to troubleshoot problems in original and inventive ways.
|Sarah Dunn | Divisional Business Manager
Office: Arbutus 2400, KPU Surrey
The Divisional Business Manager is a key part of our leadership team. This role supports our Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund recipients and Open Educational Grant recipients along with our capital projects like classrooms and recording studio. This along with financial planning, procurement needs and contract monitoring as well as oversight of our Admin Coordinator and Events team, she keeps our department running smoothly!
Sarah has been with KPU for over 5 years, most recently as a Procurement Specialist in Financial Services, Sarah’s educational and employment background in Business Administration and Financial Management spans diverse sectors including Procurement, Banking, Insurance and Non-Profit. Sarah believes in the power of a positive attitude and her specialty involves finding and developing efficiencies and operational improvements while maintaining excellent customer service. Sarah is currently working towards her MBA.
Sarah, a mother of 3 grown children, loves to travel and spends time each year in Africa. She founded and runs a Registered Canadian charity working with disadvantaged women, children and families to fight poverty, educate children and empower women in Kenya. When she is home, she likes to spend quality time with her 2-year-old grandson Theo along with her cat and dog Frankie and Charlie. In the summer, in her spare time, Sarah can be found at the beach with a blanket and a book.
The Optimizer: Likes to improve and/or enhance systems to find the best solutions to maximize operational efficiency.
Adminstrative Support Staff
Kim Wdowiak | Administrative Coordinator
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.
The Greeter: Kim strives to be friendly, personable, and will always welcome you with a friendly hello and warm smile.
Andrea Votto | Communications & Events Specialist
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.
The Shape-shifter: The ability to smoothly adapt to and learn new tasks.
Dori Pandyra | Communications & Events Specialist
Dori assists in the daily marketing, communications, promotion, and event planning strategies for the Teaching & Learning department. In addition to managing our newsletter, Dori also contributes to the coordination of our blog, Pedagogy + Practice, and helps develop and maintain the department's website and social media channels.
Dori is a lover of all things musical theatre, and outside of KPU she can be found teaching dance class, reading, baking custom treats or adventuring with her family.
The Multifaceted: Draws on a diverse work and educational history in order to undertake a wide range of challenges.
Lisa Gedak, MA | Teaching & Learning Strategist
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.
Additionally, Lisa loves impromptu sing-alongs and is a self-proclaimed comedian.
The Optimist: Spinning a positive twist on otherwise challenging solutions.
Craig Wright | Teaching & Learning Strategist
Craig’s role at KPU is to support instructors with defining and delivering meaningful learning opportunities for their students. He works with instructors to clarify instructional goals and intention and effectively apply, as needed, theory, practice, and technology, to deliberately meet specific instructional goals.
Craig endeavors to meet people where they are. The support he provides and tactics he uses are tailored to the instructor’s context and need from holistic program development and revision to assignment support.
The Stuntman: Craig’s innovative thinking has no bounds, and he fearlessly leaps into new challenges and requests.
Samuel Kirk, MA, BA | Teaching & Learning Strategist
Sam is a collaborator who is passionate about lifelong learning and technologies affordances. In his role as a Teaching and Learning Strategist, he supports faculty through consultation, development of resources and delivery of workshops. He will be the lead for initiatives that support Global Learning opportunities such as COIL.
Sam has 20+ years of experience teaching international learners and is passionate about supporting faculty in their quest for engaging and effective learning experiences. He believes that everyone deserves a positive, new start in any new learning endeavor they are embarking on. He hopes that the journey is every bit exciting as the destination.
The Encourager: Sam’s superpower is seeing the best qualities in others and helping others to see them, too.
Nabeel Anjum | Teaching & Learning Strategist
Nabeel intuitively sees the bigger picture and the finer details in any issue, and is an expert at guiding others as they navigate any unknown landscape. A man of many hats, Nabeel is a strong believer in the transformative power of learning and the difference that a good course and a great teacher can make in their students’ lives. As a Teaching & Learning Strategist, Nabeel supports faculty through 1:1 consultations, resource development, and workshops, with a view to helping each faculty member create learning experiences that allow their students to bring their best, most authentic selves to the classroom.
In his spare time, Nabeel sits on the board of a major arts education nonprofit here in BC, mentors early-stage social impact ventures, tinkers with art and DIY projects, and plays Dungeons & Dragons with folks across the Greater Vancouver Area.
The Cartographer: Synthesizes information from a large number of sources to chart new paths through challenging landscapes.
Daniel Benzimra| Teaching & Learning Strategist
Daniel is a life-long learner who has a wide variety of educational experience primarily in the K-12 sector, but in higher education with andragogy as well. Daniel enjoys collaboratively problem-solving educational challenges from a student-centered approach. In his role as a Teaching and Learning Strategist, Daniel works directly with faculty to help support the learning needs of their students through pedagogically-sound and evidence-based best practices.
Daniel strongly believes in the value of ongoing education and enjoys furthering his own learning and professional development. Daniel is passionate about meeting the needs of learners, special education, and intentional design for learning.
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys the outdoors, movies, and fishing.
The Logician: Flexible thinker who draws on different experiences to creatively analyze and problem-solve.
Robin Leung, BBA | Educational Media Strategist
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.
The Contemplator: Quietly listens, gathers information, deeply reflects and provides practical solutions.
Olivia Jeon | Educational Media Strategist
Oliva brings both technical and creative experience to her 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.
Olivia oversees KPU's educational media platform and KPU's content management system software. Always abreast of current educational media trends, Olivia provides practical approaches for faculty to incorporate media-based assessments, engaging content and blog-based assignments.
Olivia is a flutist, a gaming enthusiast, and loves cooking and baking in her free time.
The Chameleon: Has the ability to change her skills to fit any changed circumstances.
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).
Omar Jakir | Learning Technologies Senior Systems Analyst
Omar manages the backend and integration of KPU's EdTech systems. He supports technical staff in logging, analyzing and resolving system problems. Omar also provides technical guidance to faculty with the learning management system, conferencing tools, e-portfolio tools and other integrated tools and platforms.
Omar strives to improve KPU systems, processes, and technologies through his extensive knowledge and passion for data analytics.
Outside of KPU, Omar is a passionate volunteer at a local cat rescue organization and is an avid sports fan.
The Keen Eye: Observes his surroundings and absorbs the details to enhance his understanding of people and situations.
Ridhima Suri | Learning Technologies Senior Systems Analyst
Ridhima manages the backend and integration of KPU's EdTech systems. She supports technical staff in logging, analyzing and resolving system problems. Ridhima also provides technical guidance to faculty with the learning management system, conferencing tools, e-portfolio tools and other integrated tools and platforms.
Ridhima loves travelling to new places and is very fond of dancing.
The Versatile: Excels doing diverse and numerous tasks and activities.
David Balandy | Learning Technologies Junior Analyst
David administers day to day operations of LMS and other learning tools used at KPU. He 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.
David loves live music, friends, and a good cup of coffee.
The Learner: Life long learner who loves to increase and broaden his skillset to get the job done.
Sunaina Paudel | Interim Learning Technologies Senior Systems Analyst
Sunaina manages the backend and integration of KPU's EdTech systems. She supports technical staff in logging, analyzing and resolving system problems. She also provides technical guidance to faculty with the learning management system, conferencing tools, e-portfolio tools and other integrated tools and platforms.
Sunaina loves to stay active. She enjoys books, cinematic films, comedy, and everything outdoors.
The Conciliator: Strategically finds the best route to connect people and find resolutions effectively.
Rajmale Kaur | Interim Learning Technologies Junior Analyst
Rajmale administers day to day operations of LMS and other learning tools used at KPU. She 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. Rajmale's unique passion lies in her eagerness to continuously explore and experiment with different features of these tools.
The Innovator: Brushing challenges into opportunities, painting creative solutions, and leaving a masterpiece of improvement.
Amanda Grey | Open Education Strategist
Amanda 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. Amanda also co-facilitates the use of our Open Publishing Suite (OPUS).
Amanda is a KPU Alumna who went on to get a Master of Library and Information Studies degree.
Amanda has (by her own estimation) too many hobbies, many of which revolve around creating and making things through crocheting, sewing, cross-stitching, baking, and bullet journaling. She enjoys consuming stories of all kinds via books, movies, podcasts, TV, and video games.
The Weaver: Collecting and connecting knowledges learned from disparate sources and bringing them into alignment.
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.
Catherine Chow | Educational Consultant, Teaching Excellence in Science & Horticulture (25%)
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.
Gillian Sudlow, BA, BEd, MET | Educational Consultant, Course Design