January 23, 2023
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Searching the SoTL Higher Education Literature

Searching the SoTL Higher Education Literature

January 30, 2pm-4pm 


This practical and interactive workshop introduces participates to finding online sources of teaching and learning literature available through the UTL. Participants will have an opportunity to refine their research on teaching question and build search skills and strategies to effectively find the most relevant Scholarship of Teaching and Learning literature.  


Team-based Projects: Developing effective assignments and assessments

January 26, 2pm-4pm 


In this interactive workshop, facilitators will share their expertise in team-based project design and assessment and 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.


February SoTL Journal Club

February 3, 12pm-1pm 


The CTSI-SoTL team is excited to continue the monthly Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Journal Club Series through Fall-Winter 2022-23. The goal of this series is to provide an opportunity for our community to explore the SoTL literature in a group setting, both to find practical applications to implement in the classroom and to inform our own SoTL projects.


Katherine Patton, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Anthropology, FAS

Shelby Riskin, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, FAS

Article: Comparing student and faculty perceptions of online and traditional courses


Understanding Learning Theories that Inform How We Promote and Advance Inclusive Teaching

February 21, 2pm-4pm


This session provides an overview of key research related to creating inclusive learning environments. Through an understanding of the theoretical foundations of anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogies, the facilitators will unpack how we as educators we can evolve our learning spaces and pedagogies to value students’ diverse experiences, remove barriers, nurture critical thinking skills and build community.


Demystifying the Dossier: Preparing the Teaching Dossier

February 22, 1pm-3pm

This session focuses on an overview of the content and overall structure of an effective teaching dossier. Participants will develop a plan for assembling and strengthening their own dossiers. They will be guided in how to use a narrative throughout their dossier to connect and create coherence between multiple sections and sources of evidence.  Participants will also have an opportunity to engage with their divisional guidelines to draft key headings for their dossier. 


UTSC's Centre for Teaching and Learning Events

Faculty of Arts & Science Teaching and Learning Events

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2023 TATP Teaching Excellence Awards

2023 TATP Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations now open for all TATP Teaching Excellence Awards!

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. Nominations close on February 24, 2023.  More information is available online.   

Information on the BIPOC TA Teaching Excellence Award, including nomination and selection process, can be found on the TATP siteNominations close on March 3, 2023.

U of T's Teaching and Learning Symposium

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Taking Action: Building Belonging at U of T

May 3 & 4, 2023

Call for Proposals now open!

We invite U of T instructors, librarians, and staff at all career stages to consider submitting a proposal

The TLS provides an opportunity to work together to understand and share what diversity, equity, inclusion, and access look like in our teaching and learning context. 

If you have any questions about 2023 TLS, please contact

Tech Tip

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Tech Tip: New and updated features to Quercus 

Quercus is built from the Canvas Learning Management System; as such, your Quercus course comes equipped with many of the newest Canvas features and tools.  Below are some recently updated features that you can take advantage of in your Quercus course: 

The Quercus Rich Content Editor has recently added a new Icon Maker feature that allows for easier and quicker ways of including icons.  Consider using the Icon Maker to add visual cues to your pages.  

Enhanced Gradebook Filters are new options available in the Grades area of your Quercus course to help you sort and organize your student submissions.   

Different areas of your Quercus course can be scheduled to publish (i.e., become available to your students) at preset dates and times in the future, if you would like to keep certain content hidden from students until it is ready.  This option is used in Assignments by setting availability dates, and Modules make use of Lock until dates. Now with your Pages you can Schedule Page Publication to release content at a later date.  

Basic Medical Sciences Teaching Seminar

Cornerstone over Capstone: the case for structured career development opportunities early in the undergraduate Biology curriculum as a way to influence science and Biology identities

February 17, 1pm-2:30pm | Presented by the Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Improving the rate at which individuals enter STEM careers remains a national concern. STEM fields are currently facing a crisis with respect to filling jobs with qualified workers, suggesting that STEM opportunities are available for qualified graduates. Although researchers have previously investigated variables such as demographics and attrition rates associated with the lack of STEM graduates, there is a critical need for additional research examining the impact of additional career-related variables. Data will be presented on the success of a biology-focused career development course on promoting student science and biology identities. Additional data on student perceptions of career development and how career development earlier in their careers would have been beneficial will also be presented. 

Speaker: Dr. Melissa McCartney, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and the STEM Transformation Institute, Florida International University.


Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context

September 14-November 30, 2023 (Registration opens on March 1)

The TLC program is designed for supervisors/preceptors from all health disciplines to develop the foundational knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach learners in various clinical contexts. It includes e-learning modules and facilitated sessions.

Learn more about this program on the Centre for Faculty Development website.

Speaker: Dr. Melissa McCartney, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and the STEM Transformation Institute, Florida International University.

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