November, 7 2022
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Thriving, Surviving or Just Staying Alive? How do we adapt and teach in a changing Covid world?

December 8, 2pm-4pm (online)

This session offers the opportunity to reflect on your course, teaching, and the many factors that impact student learning challenges. Using a structured discussion protocol, we will focus on those teaching and learning factors that we influence as educators. In addition to open exchanges with facilitators, participants will share personal learnings, experiences, and surface any lingering questions or challenges on common themes such as inclusion, mental health, disengagement, and burnout. 


Introduction to SoTL: Finding a Starting Point

November 16, 1pm-3pm (online)

This virtual, interactive session serves as an introduction and launch to the Fall-Winter 2022-23 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) webinar series. This session will help you identify a curiosity/inquiry question and/or area of research interest, map out key research concepts, and consider sources of data to draw on. 


Demystifying the Dossier: Drafting Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy

November 24, 1pm-3pm (online)

This session focuses on one of the key components of the teaching dossier: the opening Statement of Teaching Philosophy (STP). Participants in this workshop will identify key elements of a STP, learn strategies to interpret, connect, and integrate sources of evidence (e.g., course evaluations, mid-course feedback, peer observations of teaching), and practice articulating key aspects of their teaching and integrating evidence to support claims of effectiveness.


Introduction to the Academic Toolbox

December 1, 11am-12pm (online)

This webinar provides an overview of the Academic Toolbox, including Quercus and other tools that can support teaching and learning goals, for all course modalities (in person, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid). Facilitators will share tips and strategies on choosing appropriate educational technology tools and methods for your course context, as well as provide example Quercus course templates.


Quickstart Quercus

December 5, 10am-12pm (in-person)

This webinar is geared toward faculty, staff and TAs who are brand new to Quercus and those who are looking to review the basics. Facilitators will provide participants with tips for effectively organizing and structuring course content using Modules and Pages in Quercus, as well as an overview of the layout and features included in a Quercus course, customizing course settings, communicating with students, uploading course files, and adding assignments.


Visit CTSI Events to register for upcoming CTSI webinars and other instructor-facing teaching and learning sessions across U of T, including the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Teaching and Technology Drop-In Clinics

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Tech Tip

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Tech Tip: Questions about Quercus

We are here to help with questions regarding your Quercus course.  Here is a breakdown of your options:

The Academic Toolbox and Quercus Support Resources functions as a self-help website with Tool Guides and Teaching with Technology resources to support your use of instructional technologies. 

Divisional support representatives are available to assist with Quercus tools and the development of your course in Quercus, with expertise from a local divisional lens.  Find your Divisional Educational Technology specialist from our list of divisional support contacts.

Contact Quercus Help ( if you have questions about Quercus or if you are encountering other issues with using the academic toolbox.  

If your needs would benefit from more individual assistance or support of a pedagogical nature, consultation services with CTSI staff or divisional representatives can be arranged.   

In Conversation: Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Race in Clinical Practice and Research

November 16, 11am-12pm

Presented by the Centre for Research and Innovation Support

In this session Dr. Nicole Kaniki will have a conversation with Gagandeep Singh, an undergraduate MD trainee whose research interests consider the lived experiences of gender variant and racialized communities, as well as building communities of practice amongst researchers and clinicians. They will review challenges and barriers to equitable care for gender and racial minorities and methodologic considerations to improve inclusivity in research design and outcome reporting.

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