CTSI Workshops

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12th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium

EXPERIENCE: INTEGRATIVE LEARNING
April 30, 2018

Visit the #TLS12 website for the CALL FOR PROPOSALS – deadline to submit is February 26th

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DISCUSSION BOARD

Facilitators:
Mariana Jardim, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning and Technology
Diane Michaud, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning and Technology

This session will teach you how to structure effective online discussion board activities. How can you get students to participate? How can you help them feel connected to the course, to you and to each other? This session will be relevant to those teaching blended or fully online courses, who wish to leverage online discussions in a variety of ways, using text, images and video. Participants will walk away with a good grasp of how to design online discussion activities from a student engagement perspective.

February 12, 2018
2pm-4pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts LIbrary, 4th Floor

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Demystifying the Dossier Series
PUTTING IT INTO WORDS: DRAFTING YOUR STATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Facilitator: Megan Burnett, Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation

As part of the Demystifying the Dossier Series, this workshop serves as a pre-‘teaching dossier’ workshop, and is the companion to the “Demonstrating and Capturing Teaching Success” and “Interpreting and Integrating Course Evaluations” sessions that were offered in Fall 2017. This workshop is the 3rd workshop in the 4-part series. Faculty are welcome to attend one or multiple workshops in the series.

As part of the Demystifying the Dossier series of workshops, this session focuses on one of the key components of the teaching dossier that is also one of the most challenging to write: the opening Statement of Teaching Philosophy. A good statement summarizes and highlights the core beliefs and principles of an educator while also providing a conceptual framework for the dossier materials that follow. It needs to provide enough information and examples to convey a vivid sense of the values and approaches of an instructor, yet also needs to be clear enough and concise enough to be meaningful to the reader of the dossier.

In this interactive and practical workshop, participants will:

  • identify key elements of a successful statement – this will include brief analysis of sample statements;
  • examine their own perspectives on teaching;
  • review steps to follow when preparing to write the statement;
  • practice articulating key aspects of their teaching through short writing activities and discussion;
  • edit their own teaching statement draft.

To benefit fully from this workshop, registrants will be asked to complete the “Teaching Perspectives Inventory” (a free online survey that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete) prior to the session and are required to bring a draft of their statement (no matter how rough, even bullet points and rough notes will work) to the session. The goal is for participants to leave the workshop with a very clear sense of what steps to take to enhance their drafts.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 6

This session will not focus on how to prepare/compile the actual dossier itself. CTSI will be hosting a workshop on Preparing Your Teaching Dossier on April 11, 2018. Participants attending the Putting It Into Words session do not need to know how to prepare a teaching dossier to be able to benefit from the workshop.

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INTEGRATED LEARNING: EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SERIES

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
February 21st, 2018
9:30am-4:30pm

See the INTEGRATED LEARNING SERIES page for more information.

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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

Hosts:
Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, CTSI/TATP
Jasjit Sangha, Faculty Liaison, Teaching and Learning, CTSI

We welcome all faculty, sessional lecturers and graduate student course instructors to join in a conversation focused on responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in our courses and classrooms. Participants are encouraged to read Answering the Call: Weecheehetowin, Final Report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and to bring questions, concerns and experiences to share and discuss with colleagues and facilitators. This meeting is for indigenous and non-indigenous people seeking ways to respond to the Calls to Action in their work.

If you have a question you wish to share in advance with facilitators – please send questions directly to Jasjit Sangha (jasjit.sangha@utoronto.ca).

February 26, 2018
12pm-2pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor

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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 leaders, and staff interested in an introduction to the development of course and program-level learning outcomes. The session will provide an overview of the terminology and form of learning outcomes, as well as various learning taxonomies which can guide outcome development. Participants will have the opportunity to develop course outcomes during the workshop and receive feedback from the facilitator and colleagues. The goal of the workshop is for participants to leave with the tools needed to create effective learning outcomes.

March 14, 2018
2pm-4pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor

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“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 forward. This is a space for faculty to further their own learning on equity in a supportive environment. The topics for discussion will be informed by what issues are important for faculty and may include themes such as:

  • Setting the tone for an inclusive classroom
  • Developing curriculum with an equity lens
  • Considering how language may shape equity and inclusion
  • Discussing current events in the classroom
  • Reflecting on our identities and how they may impact our work as educators
  • Understanding power in the classroom

March 22, 2018
12pm-1pm
CTSI, Room 4035
Robarts Library, 4th Floor

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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 design decisions. Six instructors who have taken the lead in an eCampusOntario funded initiative will share the outcomes of their “pocket analytics” projects. You will be guided through a simple process you can use to develop your own approach to data-driven course design. All instructors are welcome – regardless of previous experience.

March 27, 2018
9:15am-11:30am
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor

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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 divisional and institutional expectations. Session participants will review the distinctive qualities of a teaching dossier, and will develop a plan for assembling and strengthening their own dossiers. They will also be led through the first steps of composing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy.

At the end of this interactive session, participants will be able to address the following questions:

  • What is distinctive about my approach to teaching?
  • What have been my major accomplishments as a teacher?
  • How can I effectively present my teaching skills and knowledge to a review committee?

Special note: this workshop will focus on the preparation of a teaching dossier by appointed faculty members for the purposes of undergoing a review process (tenure or continuing status). Teaching dossiers prepared for job searches carry different expectations and will not be the main focus of this session.

April 11, 2018
1pm-3pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor