March 6, 2023
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The Inner Work of Building Inclusive Classrooms
April 4, 10am-12pm
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.  


Introduction to Open Educational Resources: Removing Barriers from Within

March 10, 9:30am-11:30am (online)

Are you curious about finding teaching materials to support student learning? Or perhaps you are interested in developing teaching materials that all students can access? Celebrate Open Education Week and learn how Open Educational Resources (OER) can be optimized for instructional use. This interactive workshop will help you unpack the meaning of Creative Commons licensing when using OER, practice attributing open resources like images, find and assess OER that you can use in your teaching, and discuss how you can contribute to the OER community.


Open2U: Celebrating Open Education Week at UTSC Library

Open Education Week was launched in 2012 by Open Education Global as a collaborative, community-built open forum. Every year OE Week raises awareness and highlights innovative open education successes worldwide. OE Week provides practitioners, educators, and students with an opportunity to build a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world.

Learn more about Open2U events

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 - 1pm  (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.”


Building Success Across the Graduate Life Cycle

March 31, 1pm-2:30pm  (online)

The Building Success Across the Graduate Life Cycle workshop is designed for pre-tenure faculty members and others who are new to a supervisory role at U of T. This workshop will offer practical advice, grounded in discussion of realistic case studies of supervisory practice at U of T, and includes perspectives from peer faculty recognized for their outstanding graduate supervision.


Other Upcoming Workshops

Visit CTSI Events for more U of T instructor facing teaching and learning events. If you have an event you would like to promote on this calendar, please complete this online form.

Job Opportunities with the Teaching Assistants' Training Program (TATP)

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

Deadline: March 16, 2023 at 5pm
Visit the TATP Job Postings for more information

Call for Nominations: President's Teaching Award

A reminder that nominations for the President’s Teaching Award (PTA) are due Tuesday 21 March. The PTA is the highest honour for teaching at U of T; this award recognizes faculty for sustained and ongoing excellence in educational leadership, teaching excellence and educational innovation. Nomination packages should be submitted as one PDF file to

Tech Tip


Considerations for Quercus quiz settings  

The Quercus Quiz tool has a multitude of settings that allow you to customize the online quiz for your pedagogical needs.  However, some of the options you choose may impact how and when your students interact with the quiz and edits to the settings could impact grades.  Consider these examples of unintended consequences to a quiz: 

  • It is important to set your quiz options, settings, and questions to your liking before making it available to students.  Once a student starts a quiz, any changes you make afterwards can have ramifications. The quiz tool will provide you with a warning at this point; however, the consequences may not be clear in the practical sense.  For example, if some students begin a non-timed multiple-choice quiz and then you add an availability date, those students’ quizzes may not be auto-graded. 
  • When a student starts a quiz, they are 'locked-in' to the current versions, and subsequent edits do not impact them.  For example, if a question score value is changed, there will be a mismatch and the system will no longer be able to auto-grade.  You will then be required to manually grade quizzes in SpeedGrader to account for the difference. 

Additional scenarios are detailed on our Quercus Quizzes page. You can also point your students to the Student Support page which highlights important quiz information for them to be aware of. 

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