Academic Technology

  • Hallowe’en and presentation horror stories

    As a Trainer with the TATP, one of my responsibilities has been to design and teach a workshop for TAs on Classroom Presentations.  Within the workshop, we review a number of resources to provide inspiration to create dynamic and engaging classroom presentations. Getting into the spooky spirit, I would like to share a Hallowe’en twist […]

  • The Grade Center: Planning Ahead

    Saira Mall, Educational Technology Liaison, CTSI Between course scheduling, assignment deadlines and mid-term exams, managing and entering grade data in the Portal’s Grade Center may be left to the last minute resulting in very late nights, usually just before grades are submitted. If you are using the Grade Center in your Portal course, my advice […]

  • Academic Technology & Classroom Response Systems

    There has been a lot of talk lately about the use of classroom response systems (at UofT, we use iClickers) and the role they should play in higher education. They are useful tools for engagement, especially in large classes, but are some instructors relying too heavily on them? And, perhaps more importantly, are some students […]

  • Coming Soon – Large Classroom Teaching

    The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation will soon launch an online module on Exploring Large Classroom Teaching. The University of Toronto’s faculty and graduate students have a fair bit of experience in this area (as you might imagine) and we have looked to them for insight and advice on this topic. We’ve divided this […]

  • The Portal’s Wiki: a Quick Guide

    The latest update to the Portal introduced a new Wiki tool.  A wiki is a collaborative tool that allows students to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related content. Members of a course can develop content on these shared pages using only a web browser.  Students can work together to create an […]

  • Entering the online classroom

    Online courses are increasingly more commonplace (for distance education, continuing studies or as one way to deal with large classes and a rise in student population) but many of us are still wary. If you are heading into the virtual classroom this fall, and are a little concerned about how best to approach this new […]

  • Five New Tools to Enhance Your Course Within the UofT Learning Portal

    An update to the University of Toronto Learning Portal was performed at the start of the 2011 summer session.  This version introduces five new tools that can be used to enhance collaboration, content delivery and student evaluation within a course. 1. Wikis:  The Wiki tool allows students to create and edit web page content within […]

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