October 31, 2022
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Last Day to Apply!
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Faculty Mentoring for Teaching at U of T 

Deadline to apply: November 1

P2P is a cohort of paired colleagues who have similar teaching goals and interests, collaborating in a reciprocal 1-1 partnership through structured, facilitated workshops to improve the quality of their course, and the student learning experience. P2P offers a supportive space for instructors to try new strategies, approaches and build confidence in their teaching. Visit P2P to learn more

NEW: Academic, Research & Collaborative Technologies

Effective October 25, 2022, the Academic & Collaborative Technologies department (ACT) department will become the enterprise Academic, Research & Collaborative (ARC) technologies group.

ARC will continue to be a successful and valued partnership between the Office of the Chief Information OfficerInformation Technology Services (ITS) and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). The change reflects the increasing support ARC will provide to research activities at the University of Toronto, primarily although not exclusively through its continued close working relationships with the Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS) and the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL).

For more information, visit ARC.

Effective Strategies for Preparing a Teaching Award Nomination File

November 9, 2pm-4pm 

This roundtable session is intended for academic administrators and University staff supporting award nominations and provides a brief overview of the criteria and the nomination process for several awards, including the University of Toronto’s President’s Teaching Award, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) award and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Also includes strategies for identifying and supporting potential candidates for teaching awards and shares tips for helping to create a powerful teaching story for any teaching award.


Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Finding a Starting Point

November 16, 1pm-3pm 

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  your identify a curiosity/inquiry question and/or area of research interest, map out key research concepts, and consider sources of data to draw on.  


Visit CTSI Events to register for upcoming CTSI webinars and other instructor-facing teaching and learning sessions across U of T, including UTSC's The Alternate Universes of Curricular and Co-curricular Experiential Learning on November 9th. 

View previous CTSI webinars

Accessing TCard photos and class composites

If you’re in need of student TCard photos or class composites, look no further. Authorized staff and faculty members can access these and other reports through RXP. Simply contact your department head or send an email to to request access and be sure to include your role/title, UTORid and a few details about why you need the report. 

Faculty members and instructors can also reach out to their registrar’s office or department coordinators to request composites for each of their classes. 

Learn more about TCard policies and practices here. 

Experiential Learning Hub Refresh

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education is excited to announce the relaunch of the EL Hub! As you review the website, you will notice that there is an expanded home page that includes a new category: “Experiential Learning at U of T”. This is designed to share information with students, faculty, staff and external partners about the experiential learning framework at the University. Indeed, a main focus for the revision has been the inclusion and integration of the Experiential Learning Typology as a framework used throughout the website. 

If you have any feedback on the refreshed EL Hub, please reach out to

Audience Response Solution Virtual Presentations

As part of an ongoing RFP process for the Audience Response Solution, there will be virtual presentations between November 3-11, 2022 from three vendors: Echo360, 'iClicker' from Macmillan Learning and 'Top Hat' from Tophatmonocle. Registration is required, but attendees need only register for one of each supplier’s demonstration. Attendees will be asked to provide their feedback to the evaluation committee via an internal UofT survey after the presentations. As with most vendor demonstrations, the sessions will not be recorded. 

To register, visit CTSI Events.

Questions about this procurement process may be sent to ARC RFP Help


Tech Tip

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Tech Tip: See and interact with your course using Student View 

Have you posted content in your Quercus course, only to have students indicate they cannot see it? There is an easy way to check what students can “see” in your course and interact with your course as if you are an enrolled student. 

Student View is a feature in Quercus which allows you to see your course from a student’s perspective, but also interact with your course as a pretend student.  Student View creates a “Test Student” in your course, which you can browse your course elements and even go through the experience of completing an assignment. When in Student View, submit the assignment as the Test Student, leave Student View to give your pretend student a grade and feedback, and then return to Student View to see what your grade and feedback will look like from the student perspective.  

Quercus assignments provides multiple outlets to include feedback, Student View is a way to check what feedback is visible to students. Don’t worry about your grade curves or averages, as the grade you give to yourself as the Test Student does not affect those.  

Using Student View is also a great way to check if you forget about items that might be hidden in modules, or if an assignment grade has not been posted to your students yet. Student View works with all built-in Quercus Tools, but may not work with integrated tools.  

How the UTSC Library's Makerspace Affirms the Value of "Making"

How the UTSC Library’s Makerspace Affirms the Value of “Making”

Visit Re:Think to learn more about the Makerspace at UTSC where students engage and experiment with hands-on and creative methods of learning.

Visit Re:Think
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