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Center for Teaching Support & Innovation

Helping faculty members with their teaching and assessment of learning.

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) is a hub for teaching and learning at the University of Toronto. We serve instructors, graduate students and teaching assistants (through the Teaching Assistant’s Training Program – TATP), on all three campuses, providing leadership and support on all teaching related and student engagement issues. Visit the About CTSI page to learn more about our services and expertise and how we support U of T instructors and staff with teaching and learning related issues. At CTSI, teaching matters.

Contact Information:

www.teaching.utoronto.ca

CENTRE FOR TEACHING SUPPORT & INNOVATION (CTSI)
Robarts Library 4th Floor (130 St. George Street)
Phone: 416-946-3139
ctsi.teaching@utoronto.ca

CTSI News & Events:

Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

Facilitator: Megan Burnett, Associate Director, CTSI At the University of Toronto, teaching dossiers must be submitted as part of the review process for tenure review or continuing status review. This session will provide an overview of the content and structure of an effective teaching dossier, with an emphasis on how to align this document with […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/event/preparing-dossier-apr11/
Data Driven Design: Habits of Mind

Faculty Presenters: Brett Beston, Psychology, UTM Marie-Anne Visoi, French, FAS Franco Taverna, Human Biology, FAS Libbie Mills, Study of Religion, FAS Sandra Merklinger, Nursing Brenda McCabe, Civil and Mechanical, Engineering Join us for a showcase and mini-workshop to explore how you can begin to access course data already available to you to inform your course […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/event/d3-habits-mind/
“Lunch and Learn” on Creating an Equitable Classroom

Facilitators: Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI Jasjit Sangha, Faculty Liaison, Teaching and Learning, CTSI In this informal brown bag lunch discussion, faculty and staff who facilitate workshops for students can share their experiences in creating a more equitable classroom, problem-solve on any challenges they are facing and develop new strategies on how to move […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/event/lunch-learn-mar22/
Developing Effective Learning Outcomes

Facilitator: Jessie Richards, Curriculum Developer, Office of Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education Learning outcomes articulate the key transferable skills and knowledge base that a student will develop in a course.  Well-formed learning outcomes can make teaching more efficient by informing assignment design, content selection, and teaching methods. This interactive workshop is intended for faculty, program […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/event/learning-outcomes-m14/
Creative Pedagogical Uses of Media

FACILITATORS:Wes Adams, E-Learning Builder & Media SpecialistDiane Michaud, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning and TechnologyWill Heikoop, Online Learning Coordinator This interactive workshop will highlight how integrating images, audio and video can enhance the teaching and learning experience. Through discussions and group activities, this session will: Demonstrate some constructive uses of media in the classroom Share evidence […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/event/creative-pedagogical-uses-media/
Equity Roundtable Discussion: Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action in our courses and classrooms

Facilitators: Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, Director of Indigenous Initiatives Kristen Bos, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology Shannon Simpson, Acting Director, Office of Aboriginal Student Services Susan Hill, Director, Centre for Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies & Department of History Hosts: Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, CTSI/TATP Jasjit Sangha, Faculty Liaison, Teaching and Learning, CTSI We […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/event/equity-roundtable-f26/
Integrated Learning: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Facilitators: Susan McCahan, Professor, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education Connie Varnhagen, Professor and Academic Director of the Undergraduate Research Initiative, University of Alberta Steve Joordens, Professor, Department of Psychology, UTSC , Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab Ira Wells, Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator, Victoria College, and Project […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/event/undergraduate-research/
Further research on gender bias in course evaluation data   from News

In December 2016, CTSI posted an article to the CTSI website on “Examining Bias in Course Evaluations” by Assistant Director, Teaching Assessment Gregory Hum, PhD. As outlined in that post, this is a critically important issue and we are pleased the piece garnered a fair amount of interest. In continuing this discussion, we highlight a […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/research-gender-bias-course-evaluation-data/
Examining Bias in Course Evaluations   from News

by Gregory Hum, Assistant Director, Teaching Assessment, CTSI Popular articles about course evaluations are often brought to our team’s attention, and many of these question the value and validity of course evaluations. For instance, a recent Inside Higher Ed article was published that discussed gender bias. This blog post will examine that article in detail […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/examining-bias-course-evaluations/
Teaching and Learning in Higher Ed: a student’s perspective   from scholarship of teaching and learning; sotl; boyer; institute

This blog post is a student’s account of attending the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2016 Conference. Karen Young is a fifth year UTSC student at the University of Toronto Scarborough studying psychology and health studies. She is a 3M National Student Fellow. I think back to my peers who recently graduated […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/teaching-learning-higher-ed-students-perspective/
U of T at Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education   from Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) held their annual conference in London, Ontario in June 2016. This year’s theme was Empowering Learners, Effecting Change. 43 (forty-three) members of the U of T community presented and/or co-authored papers and posters in 16 (sixteen) sessions and 6 (six) posters. 2  U of T […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/u-t-society-teaching-learning-higher-education/
Introducing our new Web Writer   from Undergraduate

If you worked at the Toronto Star building in the fall of 2013 and used the stairwell from time to time, you may recognize my face. On a regular basis during my co-op term, I organized an exercise routine in climbing up and down the Toronto Star building. I shared the entanglement that many students […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/introducing-new-web-writer/
Join Us! Registration for the 10th Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium is Now Open!   from News

Registration for the 10th Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium, Re:THINK – Navigation & Transformation in Today’s Learning Landscape is now open! Join us for this exciting celebratory edition of this tri-campus teaching event focused hosted by the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation and the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking, Rotman School of Management. Register now […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/join-us-registration-for-the-10th-annual-teaching-learning-symposium-is-now-open/
New TATP Short   from News

ENCOURAGING TUTORIAL PARTICIPATION TATP Trainer, Kathleen Ogden, Department of English, discusses ways to help your students participate in tutorials or small class discussions. To review previous TATP Shorts, please visit the TATP website.  
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/new-tatp-short/
Using Assessment to Nurture Critical Thinking   from News

by Erin Macnab, Programs Coordinator, CTSI On April 19th, CTSI will present a special workshop, Using Assessment to Nurture Critical Thinking, facilitated by Garfield Gini-Newman. Garfield is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE. His research focuses on the pedagogy of critical thinking and how to embed critical thinking into […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/using-assessment-to-nurture-critical-thinking/
Day-Long Symposium on Large Classroom Teaching in Math and Science Builds Community and Increases Knowledge   from News

By Erin Macnab, Programs Coordinator, CTSI  Large class teaching can be one of the greatest challenges a University of Toronto instructor can face – and can also be one of the most fulfilling. Finding strategies to engage students, leveraging technologies to ‘shrink’ the classroom, and building communities for undergraduates are key to making the large […]
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/large-class-symposium/
Think-Pair-Share with the TATP   from Teaching Strategies

The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program has a new TATP Short to share. Enjoy! This one, on Think-Pair-Share, is presented by Darius Rackus, Department of Chemistry, TATP Science Trainer. You can watch more TATP Shorts on the TATP website.  
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More info: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/think-pair-share-teaching-tip-with-the-tatp/