CTSI February 2014
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SPOTLIGHT: Course Design/Redesign Institute – May 21 & 22

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Join U of T colleagues for 2 days of collaboration and design. Participants will leave this 2-day institute with a framework for a newly developed or redesigned course, including a course outline, assessment scheme and a sample lesson plan.
Visit the CTSI website for more info
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Course Design in Action

Read a profile of Jayne Baker, Sociology UTM, discussing the
course she developed through the
2013 Course Design Institute – CDI: Designs in Action:


Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Awards & Academic Librarianship Awards


Call for Submissions

Each year OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards. Approximately 7 awards are presented each year.
Deadline for receipt of nominations: May 23, 2014
For more information on these awards, visit the OCUFA website.

2014 Alan Blizzard Award - Call for Nominations

This Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) award celebrates, and brings to national attention, exemplary collaborative faculty projects in Canadian universities that deepen and extend student learning. Information about the 2014 Alan Blizzard Award is posted on the STLHE website, including a description of the award, the criteria, eligibility, and application procedure.
The completed application and supporting documentation should be submitted on or before Friday, March 14, 2014.

Job Opportunities with the TATP!

The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program is accepting applications for the following 2014-2015 positions:
  • 5 Coordinators (St. George Campus)
  • 8 Trainers (St. George Campus)
  • 1 Trainer (UTM)
  • 1 Trainer (UTSC)
Applicants must be members of CUPE 3902, Unit 1. Please visit the TATP website for more information. Deadline for submission is Monday, March 17 at 5pm. 

TATP Teaching and Learning at U of T: Workshop Series for English Language Learners and International TAs

Open to all U of T teaching assistants - enrol in individual workshops or all three:
  • How Language and Culture Make Classrooms: Implications for Teaching Diverse Student Bodies (Feb 18)
  • Supporting Multilingual and International TAs: Strategies for Managing Teaching and Learning Challenges Inside and Outside of the Classroom (Mar 18)
  • Supporting English Language Learners: What TAs Can Do (Apr 8)

Course Instructor Training Camp

Advanced Professional Development for Spring/Summer (CUPE 3902, Unit 1) Course Instructors

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 9:30am-5pm
Location: CTSI Blackburn Room
  • Session A: 9:30-11:30am - Course Administration for First Time CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Course Instructors
  • Session B: 12:30-2:30pm - Making Your Syllabus Work for You and Your Students: Effective Syllabus Design
  • Session C: 3:00-5:00pm - Assessment Design: How to Bring the Best Out of Your Students
View the Course Instructor Training Camp registration page



Share news about the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program Teaching Excellence Award with students and colleagues. Take the time to nominate a TA who makes a difference for U of T!
Nominations close: March 10, 2014

Q&A with Beth Jean Evans

Read a Q & A with Beth Jean Evans, a recipient of the 2013 TATP Teaching Excellence Award, on the CTSI website.

Science Leadership Program

April 23-25, 2014
The Science Leadership Program (SLP) aims to provide outstanding academic scientists with the skills, approaches and frameworks for engaging more effectively with the media, decision makers and the public throughout their careers.
Application deadline: February 19, 2014
Learn more:

Green Ribbon Nominations for Sustainability

Nominations for the Awards, which are now in their 6th year, will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 7th. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in late March or early April. If you know of an individual or group worthy of distinction, you may nominate them at   


Exciting news for online learning!
Exciting news for online learning!
The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation in conjunction with the Online Learning Strategies portfolio is working alongside five divisions across the University of Toronto on an exciting project entitled Active Learning: Online Redesign (ALOR). This initiative, supported by new funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), aims to improve the quality of student learning through design of active learning experiences, while maximizing efficiencies through the use of web-based tools. See the brief announcement on the Online Learning Strategies Blog. For full details about the project visit the ALOR website.

SoTL Journal Club

CTSI recently launched a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Journal Club for members of the U of T teaching and learning community. Each month, a new presenter will pre-select a peer-reviewed article and lead participants in a discussion – learn more and visit the registration page.
Tuesday, February 11th noon-1pm
Location: CTSI Office, Room 4035, Robarts Library, 4th Floor
Facilitator: Nirusha Thavarajah (Chemistry), Dept of Physical & Environmental Sciences, UTSC

Article: Redesigning a Large Lecture Course for Student Engagement: Process and Outcomes

Faculty Mentoring for Teaching

CTSI is developing a resource document on how to best support faculty in their teaching at the University of Toronto. Our focus for this resource is teaching-specific faculty mentoring models and approaches. We are seeking input from faculty for this project. If you are interested please visit our webpage for more information.

SoTL Network Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 25th, 12pm-1pm
Location: Blackburn Room, CTSI Office, Robarts Library, 4th Floor
Presenter: Sara Scharf, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation, Dept of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Presentation Title: "Increasing innovation in multicultural undergraduate engineering design teams: addressing  the biggest challenges"

Register Now


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Grade Center: Providing Feedback & Marks Online
February 6: 10am – 12pm
February 12: 1pm – 3pm

Web Conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate (Online)
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 – 10am to 3pm  

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TATP Workshops

St. George Workshops
Workshop Series for English Language Learners and International TAs

UTSC Workshops
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