March 20, 2023
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Job Opportunities with the Teaching Assistants' Training Program (TATP)
Deadline EXTENDED: March 22nd at 5pm

The Teaching Assistant’s Training Program is hiring for the 2022-2023 fall and winter sessions.

Visit the TATP Job Postings for more information

What do developments in AI mean for the future of teaching?

A Bay View Alliance (BVA) Community Conversation

March 23, 2023, 2pm-3pm Central (noon-1 PT, 1-2 MT, 3-4 ET)
Led by Doug Ward (University of Kansas) and Susan Bens (University of Saskatchewan)

ChatGPT has stormed into the world of education, upending assignments and policies, and forcing educators to grapple with the rapidly developing capabilities of artificial intelligence. In the long term, though, ChatGPT and other AI tools will provide many new opportunities for improving teaching and learning and helping students succeed. Join us on March 23 and share your experiences and ideas with other instructors from BVA member institutions as we consider ways to adapt courses and curricula to artificial intelligence. Zoom Link

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ACUE Lunch and Learn - Engaging Students in Meaningful and Authentic Assignments

March 28, 12pm-1pm (online)

The session will focus on inquiry-based learning by implementing instructional practices that support student success and course learning outcomes. Developing meaningful assignments will empower students to apply the content and skills they learned during the concept exploration and concept introduction stages to authentic scenarios and problems. 


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

March 29, 12pm (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.”


March SoTL Journal Club

March 29, 12pm (online)

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Journal Club Series provides 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. The March session is facilitated by Tara Black, Assistant Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and Alex Rennet, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, UTM

Article: Asynchronous Online Instruction Leads to Learning Gaps When Compared to a Flipped Classroom 

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The Inner Work of Building Inclusive Classrooms

April 4, 10am-12pm (online)

Part of the Towards Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Classrooms – Communities and Conversations Series

This workshop is a personal conversation about how we internalize systems of oppression, how they are reflected in our teaching practices, and how we can create a new vision for how we want to be as educators. In this session participants will engage in self-reflection, small group discussion, mindfulness practices and large group conversations. 


SoundLife Scarborough: A New Centre for Music and Community at UTSC

Learn more about SoundLife Scarborough (SLS), a centre for music and community engagement at the University of Toronto Scarborough that fosters healthy communities through participatory music-making, on Re:Think. SLS supports and inspires students in developing creative, flexible, and participatory approaches to music-making as a lifelong practice.

Read more on Re:Think

CANHEIT 2023 Call for Proposals Now Open!

CANHEIT 2023 Strength in Community Logo
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.

Course Readings: Syllabus Service for Summer 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 March 27.

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2023 U of T Teaching and Learning Symposium

Taking Action: Building Belonging at U of T

May 3 (online) & 4 (in-person, Rotman School of Management), 2023 

Registration opens April 10th! 
This year’s Symposium asks the question, “What is needed or already being done to develop supportive, inclusive, culturally relevant learning opportunities for our community?” Our speakers, concurrent sessions, online and in-person discussions will address how we can create rigorous academic experiences that intentionally support all students’ sense of belonging and engagement, especially for equity-deserving groups. 


Opening Keynote: Aisha Haque, Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Western University 

Closing Plenary: Tesha Fritzgerald, Strategic Partner - Building Blocks of Brilliance 

Concurrent sessions led by U of T instructors, staff and librarians include interactive workshops, lightning talks, inquiry on teaching and learning talks, roundtable discussions. 

Learn more on the TLS2023 website.

CEL Course Development Workshop

April 19, 10:30 - 12, ET (online)

Join us for a workshop that will cover the fundamentals of community-engaged learning (CEL) pedagogy and practice and provide practical strategies for designing and running a CEL course. Bring a syllabus that you would like to re-design or the idea for a course you would like to create, and together we will work on designing a successful CEL course. 


Tech Tip


Regrade a Quercus Quiz

Certain question types in Quercus Quizzes can be auto-graded.  If changes need to be made after these quizzes were graded, questions can be edited to auto-regrade quizzes that have already been submitted.  The regrading feature is available for Multiple Choice questions, True or False questions, and Multiple Answer question types.  Regrading is useful for marking the correct answer when an incorrect option was previously selected as the correct response.  Instructors might also use quiz regrade to mark additional response options as possible correct answers to a question.  Student scores for these questions will be updated to reflect the changes made to the correct answer.  Visit What Options Can I Use to Regrade a Quiz in a Course for more information and restrictions of use. 

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