November 14, 2022
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CTSI Workshop Poster - Exploring Accessibility Considerations for In-Person Teaching

10am-12pm (in-person) 

This workshop explores considerations for making your face-to-face classroom learning experience accessible for your students. Facilitators will provide a variety of strategies for ensuring that all your students have an equal opportunity to succeed.


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. 


Responding to Diversity: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

November 16, 9am-12pm (online)

Presented by the Centre for Faculty Development, Termerty Faculty of Medicine

Are you interested in reducing barriers to learning and responding to the increasing variability amongst students in today’s classroom? This workshop will explore the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model—a set of principles for curriculum development, engagement and assessment that can help you create a more inclusive learning environment that responds to diverse student needs and learning preferences.


Who's Got the Power? Barriers and Opportunities in Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

November 17, 1pm-4pm

Presented by the Centre for Faculty Development, Termerty Faculty of Medicine

This interactive and reflective workshop will help participants identify and name the power structures in which they operate. We will unpack and demystify some key concepts often placed under the “EDI” umbrella, such as privilege, systemic oppression, bias, stereotype, white supremacy, anti-oppression, and anti-Black racism, while regularly reflecting and dialoguing about how power underpins all of these concepts. Participants will work in groups to identify the opportunities and barriers of advancing equity work within their specific contexts, and to develop strategies to do so.


Teaching, Managing, and Assessing Large Courses

November 23, 10:30am-11:30am (in-person/online)

A Faculty of Arts & Science Teaching and Learning Community of Practice

Two presentations:

  • Lifecycle of Assessments in a Large Course
  • Managing a 1000+ Students Class: Perspectives and Strategies from a Head TA
Learn more about this session and register

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.


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.  


Visit CTSI Events to register for upcoming CTSI webinars and other instructor-facing teaching and learning sessions across U of T. You can filter events by department or Division offering sessions but clicking on category at top of page. 

View previous CTSI webinars

Tech Tip

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Tech Tip: Design for UDL; multiple means of representation. 

The Quercus course website is an important source of information in any course delivery mode.  Students in online, in-person, and hybrid classes can all engage with the course learning and expectations via the course website.  This allows learners to connect with the learning even outside of formal class times. To support accessible representation of content (a key component of Universal Design for Learning), leverage the Academic Technology Toolbox to provide multiple options for how information is represented.   

For example, providing videos and recorded lectures to students creates multiple means of processing knowledge through guided information processing and visualization as instructors use videos to emphasize patterns, relationships, and concepts in the learning. Using closed captioning helps to offer multiple means of engagement and representation by offering options and alternatives in the presentation of information in the video.  A transcript of the video also offers the opportunity for students to access the information at their own pace and in a written format, helping them to look up any words or ideas that may be unfamiliar due to language barriers or general understanding of the subject.  

Another example is using the Quercus Rich Content Editor to provide the ability for you and your students to interact with elements and contribute to course content using multiple different format types. Students and instructors can contribute content in text, image, audio or video format, or a combination of multiple formats.  Feedback on assessments using the Quercus Speedgrader can also be given in multiple formats.  

Course Readings: Syllabus Service for Winter 2023

The Syllabus Service assists faculty and staff at the University of Toronto in making course readings available to students in a manner that respects Canadian copyright law and existing U of T licensing agreements and policies. Library staff will retrieve, scan, and provide links to material, as well as acquire eBooks suitable for course use whenever available. Instructors are encouraged to submit course reading lists by the Priority Service Date of November 21.

Learn more about UTL’s Syllabus Service


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