CTSI Partnerships

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation works in partnership with a number of University of Toronto departments, divisions, offices and communities. These partnerships range from shared initiatives, integrated projects, special events, collaboration on research, and on a consultation basis. If you have an interest in partnering with CTSI please contact ctsi.teaching@utoronto.ca.

Please see below for a selection of CTSI partnerships:

TEACHING SUPPORT OFFICES  at UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, MISSISSAUGA (UTM), UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, SCARBOROUGH (UTSC) and CENTRE FOR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT (CFD) at the FACULTY OF MEDICINE

CTSI works in collaboration with the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (UTM), the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UTSC) and the Centre for Faculty Development (Faculty of Medicine) to support instructors, graduate students and teaching assistants with their teaching, research on teaching and their professional development. Through programming and workshops, dossier reviews, pedagogical resources and individual consultations, these offices provide teaching support on all three campuses for instructors in every stage of their career.

TEACHING ACADEMY

The University of Toronto Teaching Academy, founded in 2006, consists of members who have received the President’s Teaching Award, the highest honour for teaching at the University of Toronto. While individual members of the Academy serve as teaching ambassadors, the collective advances teaching as a valued pillar at the University of Toronto. The Academy’s principal role is to act as an advisory body to the President and Provost on matters related to teaching, by identifying and commenting on relevant issues and trends that may be relevant to the development of policies and practices. It serves in an advisory capacity to the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). In turn, CTSI provides administrative support for the Academy.

Learn more about the Teaching Academy and PTA on the Provost’s website.

A list of past PTA recipients is available online.

OFFICE OF THE CIO and INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (I+TS)

In partnership with the Office of the CIO and Information and Technology Services (I+TS), CTSI works with the following offices to support teaching and technology initiatives:

Academic and Collaborative Technologies (ACT)
ACT is a joint initiative of CTSI and Information Technologies Services (Office of the CIO).  The ACT group provides strategic and tactical leadership in the development and implementation of services that support the academic mission for the university as a whole. ACT is made up of staff from both CTSI and ITS, who work with instructors, academic administrators, librarians, students, and professional staff (including teaching support units, instructional technologists and IT staff) to advance the University’s academic mission and in particular, its commitment to teaching. As part of CTSI , the ACT group provides general support for managing and harnessing technology in the classroom to meet varied educational goals. For a complete list of University supported services and technologies, please visit the ACT website (act.utoronto.ca).

Online Learning Strategies (OLS)
The Online Learning Strategies mandate is to identify, recommend and support the coherent provision of online learning solutions, services, processes and related infrastructure required to serve the academic and administrative needs of the university. The OLS office works with CTSI, Information and Technology Services and the Academic and Collaborative Technologies group to provide strategic and tactical leadership to implement and integrate online learning at the University of Toronto.

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES (SGS)

By working together in partnership, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and CTSI continue to strengthen a network of expertise that support short and long term solutions on issues of graduate supervision faced by graduate faculty and graduate students at the University of Toronto. CTSI has worked collaboratively with SGS to offer a series of workshops, including Best Practices in Graduate Supervision, and participates in the selection committee for the JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award.

PARTNERING FOR ACADEMIC STUDENT SUCCESS (PASS)

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of librarian secondees for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Partnering for Academic Student Success (PASS) initiative is a collaboration between CTSI and the University of Toronto Libraries. Now entering its sixth year, this partnership brings librarians together with CTSI staff to work on various teaching and learning initiatives, highlight and encourage collaborations with instructors, and support the effective use of library resources in instruction. The overall goal of PASS is to increase capacity for integrative learning and academic excellence within classrooms. Librarians from all three campuses are eligible to apply (submission deadline is typically early July).

Read the bios of this year’s librarian secondees.

Read the PASS Report prepared by the librarian secondees.

CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

CTSI and the Centre for Community Partnerships collaborate on workshops and resources to support U of T instructors interested in community-engaged learning. CTSI and CCP work with instructors, teaching assistants and students to promote and support engagement both inside and outside the classroom.

More information about the CCP is available on the CCP website.

LIFE @ U of T, STUDENT LIFE BLOG

CTSI has partnered with Student Life by working with a student blogger who produces a weekly post on teaching, learning and student-faculty engagement issues on the Life @ U of T blog.