November 21, 2022
CTSI Connect - CTSI's weekly newsletter
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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.  


Drop-in Consultation: Quercus and the Academic Toolbox

Starting December 12 (in-person/online)

Book a 15- or 30-minute in-person or virtual consultation with a Faculty Liaison from the Teaching, Learning, and Technology team at the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) to discuss questions you have related to your upcoming course and Quercus and the Academic Toolbox. After you book a timeslot, you will automatically receive a Microsoft Teams meeting link for your consultation appointment for virtual consultations. For in-person consultations, you will receive information about the meeting location at the CTSI office.

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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.


SoTL Journal Club

November 28, 12pm-1pm (online)

The goal of this series is to provide an opportunity for our community to explore the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) literature in a group setting, both to find practical applications to implement in the classroom and to inform our own SoTL projects.

This Journal Club event is unique as the co-authors of the article are U of T faculty. This chapter addresses important SoTL topics that instructors seek more information on, namely research ethics and conducting qualitative research.

Article: Vulnerability and Student Perceptions of the Ethics of SoTL

Facilitators: Jayne Baker, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Sociology, UTM, and Nathan Innocente, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Sociology, UTM


Supporting Learners Who Witness and Experience Mistreatment

November 28, 1pm-4pm (online)

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

For faculty, supervisors, preceptors and additional staff (as applicable) who supervise learners across the health professions, this workshop will explore the role, scope, strategies and resources faculty/preceptors/supervisors should consider in order to support learners who witness or experience mistreatment.


Information Session: Hybrid Course Design and Teaching Modality at U of T

November 30, 10am-11am (online)

This session will offer information to instructors about the range of teaching modalities at U of T (in person, hybrid, online synchronous, online asynchronous) as outlined in current ROSI course mode definitions. Of particular focus will be hybrid, which is defined as a course that is designed such that there is a mix of online and in-person interaction, involving the use of technologies to facilitate multi-modality, flexibility, and student engagement.


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.


Creating and Managing Assessment Questions in Large Course

December 7, 10:30am-11:30am (online) 

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

Two sessions:

Cultivating a Questioning Mind: Student Led Question Composition in Large Courses
Naomi Levy-Strumpf, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology
Maria Papaconstantinou, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology

Building and Maintaining an Equitable Question Bank for Online Tests
Jeremy Webb, Assistant Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics


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 engagement

Various strategies influence learners’ engagement and motivation to learn in different ways.  Since students have a range of different learning preferences and needs, providing multiple means of engagement helps to reduce barriers to learning.   
Utilizing some of the Online Assessment Tools in Quercus can allow you to structure assignments with feedback options that guide learners toward mastery, providing guidance on positive strategies for success and development.  
Peer Assessment tools such as peerScholar have a reflection and self-assessment option, helping to promote learners’ self-regulation and persistence as they get feedback on their progress which helps them choose subsequent strategies.     
The ePortfolio tool in Quercus can facilitate reflective learning and provides options for ongoing two-way feedback, while providing students an outlet for individual choice and authentic learning. 
Visit CTSI’s resources on Universal Design for Learning for more information on providing multiple means of engagement. 

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