February 27, 2023
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Introduction to Open Educational Resources: Removing Barriers from Within (March 10, 9:30am-11:30am)

Are you curious about finding teaching materials to support student learning? Or perhaps you are interested in developing teaching materials that all students can access? Celebrate Open Education Week and learn how Open Educational Resources (OER) can be optimized for instructional use. This interactive workshop will help you unpack the meaning of Creative Commons licensing when using OER, practice attributing open resources like images, find and assess OER that you can use in your teaching, and discuss how you can contribute to the OER community.


My Journey to Incorporating Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Meaningfully into my Teaching

Part of the ACUE Lunch and Learn Series

March 1, 12pm-1pm (online)

In this workshop, Professor Toula Kourgiantakis will discuss her ongoing learning on how to incorporate equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) in the classroom to have meaningful and transformative learning experiences.

This series invites participants to hear from instructors who have completed the Effective Teaching Practices course: their reflections upon what they have learned, and practical examples and tips informed by evidence-based strategies.


Equity Roundtable - Universal Design for Learning: Engaging All Your Students

March 2, 12pm-1pm (online)

A roundtable on the opportunities and affordances of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - a set of principles for curriculum development and engagement that strives to give all students equal opportunities to learn. Whether you are a UDL novice or expert, join us for a conversation about strategies for integrating multiple means of engagement, assessment design (action and expression) and representation (of course content). 


Equity Roundtable - Promoting Greater Equity of Learning Opportunities: Insights from Using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy with Chinese Students that Can Benefit All

March 29, 12pm - 1pm  (online)

By attending this roundtable, participants will become aware of research-based and practice-based evidence of Chinese students’ challenges, aspirations, and potential to contribute/engage, and learn how to create learning experiences in their courses to encourage more student transformation from “powerless” to “empowered.”


Other Upcoming Workshops

View more teaching and learning events on the CTSI Calendar

TATP BIPOC TA Teaching Excellence Award

2023 TATP Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations close on March 3

TATP BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour) TA Teaching Excellence Award was created this year to recognize lived experiences of members of various Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities whose experience in academic settings have been disproportionately impacted by systemic barriers and other forms of discrimination, as well as to highlight their accomplishments and excellence in teaching practice at the University of Toronto. 

To open a nomination file, a TA must first fill out the Self Nomination Form. Then, TAs may ask students or faculty directly to support their nomination for the award by submitting the appropriate Nomination Form. Nominees must receive at least 2 nominations from former students, submitted using the Student Nomination Form, and at least 1 nomination from a supervising instructor with knowledge of the TA’s teaching activities using the Faculty Nomination Form. For more information about award eligibility and the nomination process, please visit the TATP BIPOC TA Teaching Excellence Award Website

Call for Nominations: President's Teaching Award

A reminder that nominations for the President’s Teaching Award (PTA) are due Tuesday 21 March. The PTA is the highest honour for teaching at U of T; this award recognizes faculty for sustained and ongoing excellence in educational leadership, teaching excellence and educational innovation. Nomination packages should be submitted as one PDF file to
More information on the PTA Award

Tech Tip

""Updated MS Teams Meeting toolbar 

Have you noticed changes to how meetings look in your MS Teams client?  Many online technologies used for teaching and learning provided by the University are updated on a regular basis and new features are continuously added. 

The meeting toolbar in MS Teams Meetings now shows separate buttons for reactions, hand raising, and view options, making it more intuitive to use the features and settings you want.  The View menu includes options such as gallery, together mode, gallery at top, and focus on content.  The different views give participants greater flexibility of what appears on the screen by, for example, displaying just the presentation slides without participant videos.  As a meeting participant, choose from these display options to help manage cognitive load and view the content that is pertinent to your class meeting.  Other settings are still available under the More options menu, which opens a drop-down menu with additional meeting settings.  Visit the CTSI website’s Microsoft Teams Meetings page for information on other features.      

ChatGPT and Generative AI in the Classroom

The OVPIUE has created a Frequently Asked Questions webpage related to ChatGPT and Generative Artificial Intelligence in the classroom. It will continue to be updated as new information arises. Instructors can visit CTSI’s Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom resource for support. Vice-Provost Susan McCahan created a video outlining the functionality and history of ChatGPT, as well as the current and future status of this technology as of February 2023. You can view the video at this link.

Nominate a Graduate Supervisor for a Supervision Award - 2023

Nominate an extraordinarily amazing graduate supervisor who has made a difference in their students’ development as a researcher in a supportive and stimulating environment! Each year, two JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Awards and two SGS Early Career Supervision Awards will be offered to successful nominees: one of each award in the Humanities/Social Sciences and in the Physical/Life Sciences.

Students, faculty members, and staff wishing to submit a nomination should contact their home graduate unit to inquire about the internal selection process and local deadlines. Learn more how to nominate a supervisor and read all about our past winners.

Applications for U of T Libraries' Undergraduate Research Prize Now Open

University of Toronto Libraries continues to celebrate excellence and innovation in undergraduate research with the Patricia and Peter Shannon Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize.

If there are students in your first-entry undergraduate courses that have demonstrated some effective and innovative use of information sources in their research assignments, please encourage them to apply for this prize. Please visit the UTL website for more information.

Deadline is April 16, 2023

CANHEIT 2023 Call for Proposals Now Open!

This year’s theme encourages presenters to show the community how working together makes our institutions stronger. This theme will be explored through four main streams: Innovating together, Collaboration, People & leadership and Security as a team sport.

To submit a presentation proposal to the CANHEIT 2023 programming committee, complete the submission form on the Ex Ordo platform by March 22, 2023.

Centre for Faculty Development

Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Registration for a number of upcoming CFD programs, including Stepping StonesTeaching and Learning in the Clinical Context, and the Education Scholars Program open on March 1st. Registration for Building the Foundations of Anti-Oppressive Healthcare and the New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) Program are all ready open. Please visit the CFD website for more information.

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