November 28, 2022
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Quickstart Quercus

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January 5, 10am (online)

This webinar is geared toward faculty, staff and TAs who are brand new to Quercus and those who are looking to review the basics. In this session participants will learn about essential information to get started with building their Quercus course.


Team-based Projects: Developing effective assignments and assessments

January 26, 2pm (in-person)

In this interactive workshop, facilitators will share their expertise in team-based project design and assessment from years of experience designing and running team-based, project, courses in Engineering. They will work with participants to identify potential opportunities for team-based assignments, generate a preliminary plan for implementation, and address participant concerns around running team-based project learning.


Searching the SoTL Higher Education Literature

January 30, 2pm (in-person)

This practical and interactive workshop will introduce participants to finding online sources of teaching and learning literature available through the University of Toronto Libraries. They will also have an opportunity to refine their research on teaching questions and build search skills and strategies to effectively find the most relevant literature. 


Course Instructor Training Camp

December 8, 9am-12:15pm

For graduate student Course Instructors

This training is grouped into two parts: five asynchronous learning modules (3 hours), and two 1.5-hour hybrid workshop sessions (offered in-person with an option to attend online). These sessions focus on many of the principle components of course design, including learning outcomes, assessment, and syllabus design, and highlight how these components are informed by UDL (Universal Design for Learning) and Equity-Oriented Pedagogy.


Drop-in Consultation: Quercus and the Academic Toolbox

Starting December 12 (in-person/online)

Book a 15- or 30-minute in-person or virtual consultation with a Faculty Liaison from the Teaching, Learning, and Technology team at the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) to discuss questions you have related to your upcoming course and Quercus and the Academic Toolbox. After you book a timeslot, you will automatically receive a Microsoft Teams meeting link for your consultation appointment for virtual consultations. For in-person consultations, you will receive information about the meeting location at the CTSI office.

Book an Appointment

Visit CTSI Events to register for upcoming CTSI webinars and other instructor-facing teaching and learning sessions across U of T, including the Centre for Faculty Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine's Career Paths for Clinical Educators on December 9.  You can filter events by department or Division offering sessions but clicking on category at top of page. 

View previous CTSI webinars

2023 TATP Teaching Excellence Awards

2023 TATP Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations now open!

Students and instructors can nominate a TA for the TA Teaching Excellence Award:

Departments can nominate a graduate student Course Instructor for the CI Teaching Excellence Award by submitting a nomination package. More information is available online.   

Nominations close on February 24, 2023.

Tech Tip

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Tech Tip: Question banks in Quercus Quizzes  

Using question banks in Quercus Quizzes allows you to create a pool of test questions that can be reused in future online quizzes delivered through Quercus.  Question banks can also be used to create a larger bank from which questions are randomly selected for the student.  With this randomization, each individual will have their own version of the test which can help to deter non-permitted collaboration and sharing of answers in online assessment.  

Keep in mind that edits to questions must be saved directly in the question bank for the changes to reflect in future Quercus Quizzes that draw from the question bank.  Please note that questions linked to a bank cannot be re-graded with the Quercus auto-regrade options.  

For more guidance on designing multiple-choice questions, view our Multiple Choice Question and Quiz Tips resource for suggestions on critical thinking questions, avoiding common multiple-choice flaws, and more.

Project Management for Research Webinar

January 10, 1pm-2:30pm

Presented by the Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRSI)

This webinar presents three light-touch project management tools tailored for research. Using Microsoft Office programs: Excel, PPT, and Word, this webinar will use real world examples to show how these tools can be put to effective and immediate use in research project management. This webinar will help cut through the volume of project management guidance and tools to learn what and when to apply which tools. CRIS, in response to attendee feedback, has extended the length of the webinar to accommodate more Q&A time with the facilitator, Dr. Paprica.


Calling Up a Friend


Visit Re:Think to learn Companion Link, a project lead by a U of T professor and his students (SAGE: Student Association for Geriatric Empowerment) in response to social isolation in long-term care homes.

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