January 30, 2023
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Designing Assessments in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

February 28, 2pm-4pm | Online

From machine-written essays to high profile plagiarism cases, artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT have been grabbing headlines in higher education. As institutions grapple with the implications of such tools for teaching and learning, this interactive session brings together instructors from a variety of disciplines to focus on written assignments and share teaching strategies that support student learning in the context of artificial intelligence. 


Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom

What is Generative Artificial Intelligence and what application does it have for classroom instruction and learning? This new CTSI resource (Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom) is intended to offer some guidance around how to approach the use of such tools in your teaching practice.

U of T's Teaching and Learning Symposium

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Taking Action: Building Belonging at U of T

May 3 & 4, 2023

Call for Proposals now open!

We invite U of T instructors, librarians, and staff at all career stages to consider submitting a proposal

The CFP closes February 17.

The TLS provides an opportunity to work together to understand and share what diversity, equity, inclusion, and access look like in our teaching and learning context. 

If you have any questions about 2023 TLS, please contact

February SoTL Journal Club

February 3, 12pm-1pm 


The CTSI-SoTL team is excited to continue the monthly Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Journal Club Series through Fall-Winter 2022-23. The goal of this series is to provide 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.


Katherine Patton, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Anthropology, FAS

Shelby Riskin, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, FAS

Article: Comparing student and faculty perceptions of online and traditional courses


Understanding Learning Theories that Inform How We Promote and Advance Inclusive Teaching

February 21, 2pm-4pm


This session provides an overview of key research related to creating inclusive learning environments. Through an understanding of the theoretical foundations of anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogies, the facilitators will unpack how we as educators we can evolve our learning spaces and pedagogies to value students’ diverse experiences, remove barriers, nurture critical thinking skills and build community.


Demystifying the Dossier: Preparing the Teaching Dossier

February 22, 1pm-3pm

This session focuses on an overview of the content and overall structure of an effective teaching dossier. Participants will develop a plan for assembling and strengthening their own dossiers. They will be guided in how to use a narrative throughout their dossier to connect and create coherence between multiple sections and sources of evidence.  Participants will also have an opportunity to engage with their divisional guidelines to draft key headings for their dossier. 


View more teaching and learning events on the CTSI Calendar, including UTSC’s Centre for Teaching and Learning’s Anti-Racist Pedagogy Before Entering the Classroom, February 8. View past CTSI webinars.

2023 TATP Teaching Excellence Awards

2023 TATP Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations now open for all TATP Teaching Excellence Awards!

Students and instructors can nominate a TA for the TA Teaching Excellence Award:

Departments can nominate a graduate student Course Instructor for the CI Teaching Excellence Award by submitting a nomination package. Nominations close on February 24, 2023.  More information is available online.   

Information on the BIPOC TA Teaching Excellence Award, including nomination and selection process, can be found on the TATP siteNominations close on March 3, 2023.

Tech Tip

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Tech Tip: Announcements & communication with your students 

Quercus Announcements and Inbox messages allow communication from instructors to a whole class.  In any kind of mass communication with students, like through Announcements, Quercus Inbox conversations or email, please ensure the content respects the University’s policy on Appropriate Use of Information and Communication Technology.  To support learners’ management of cognitive load, be mindful of the volume of communication.  It is also recommended to keep the content of these messages related to course learning goals.  

Nominate a Graduate Supervisor for a Supervision Award - 2023

Nominate an extraordinarily amazing graduate supervisor who has made a difference in their students’ development as a researcher in a supportive and stimulating environment! Each year, two JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Awards and two SGS Early Career Supervision Awards will be offered to successful nominees: one of each award in the Humanities/Social Sciences and in the Physical/Life Sciences. 

Students, faculty members, and staff wishing to submit a nomination should contact their home graduate unit to inquire about the internal selection process and local deadlines. Learn more how to  nominate a supervisor and read all about our past winners.  

The CCP Presents "Unpacking Ableism 101," A Workshop for Community Organizations
February 24, 1pm-3pm 

When it comes to anti-oppressive frameworks, there are comprehensive resources on how to be race and gender inclusive. However, while many understand that ableism is wrong, we might struggle with how to identify and unpack it. This workshop, led by facilitators from the Community Resistance Intimacy Project (CRIP Collective), addresses ableism within an intersectional framework, defines accessibility and accommodations, and helps participants engage meaningfully with anti-ableist discourse. The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to a foundational knowledge of ableism and address how it can show up in an organization.  
Register for Unpacking Ableism 101
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