CTSI Workshops

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Eveline Houtman, Coordinator, Undergraduate Library Instruction, Robarts Library, and PhD candidate, OISE
Tim Neufeldt, PhD, MISt, Librarian, Reference & Instruction, Faculty of Music Library
Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Have you ever wanted to explore a new evidence-based pedagogical method in your teaching? Or been interested in publishing on a research on teaching topic but weren’t sure what already exists in the scholarly literature? Or maybe you’re just not sure where to start…

It can be challenging to begin your research in databases both inside and outside your discipline or subject area. This practical and interactive workshop will introduce you to recommended online sources for literature on teaching and learning available through the University of Toronto Libraries. You will also have the opportunity to refine your research on teaching question and build the search skills and strategies you will need to effectively find the most relevant literature.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • locate key literature to inform their inquiry into teaching and learnin
  • refine a research on teaching questio
  • identify key concepts and related terms for their research question
  • effectively search for research on teaching/SoTL literature using a variety of online databases and resource
  • maintain current awareness of new SoTL research as it is published.

Please note that a laptop is required for this workshop. If you do not have access to one please contact erin.macnab@utoronto.ca to arrange the use of a CTSI laptop.

February 13, 2016
2PM – 4 pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor



Facilitators: Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI; Michal Kasprzak, Curriculum Developer, TATP

Description: Building and managing your teaching team of one or a group of TAs is no easy task, particularly on top of the many other responsibilities busy instructors have. Yet TAs at U of T play a key role in undergraduate teaching, thus a good working relationship between course instructors and TAs is an essential ingredient for a successful course. This interactive workshop and panel discussion with experienced faculty members will explore practices, questions and challenges for faculty seeking to build and maintain an effective teaching team. It will give you practical tools to help you develop and maintain a fruitful working relationship with your TAs. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Establishing course goals, policies and expectations for your teaching team.
  • Exploring best practices around communication with TAs.
  • Understanding the dual roles TAs hold and how to trouble shoot potential challenges that may result
  • Developing clear grading criteria and instructions for assignment feedback for TAs
  • Mentoring and supporting your TAs

February 16, 2017
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor




Facilitator: Maria Papaconstantinou, Associate Professor, Teaching, Human Biology Program, Research Ethics Board (REB) Member

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) at the University of Toronto is dedicated to the advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) at our institution. This session is a part of our SoTL Series and focuses on research ethics processes and planning at U of T. This workshop will provide information and guidance to participants on the following core topics:

  • Classrooms as sites to conduct scholarly enquiry on your teaching
  • Is our inquiry research or reflective practice?
  • How do we protect students as participants?
  • How do we negotiate our dual roles as Instructor-Researcher?

Led by Maria Papaconstantinou, a member of the REB who reviews many SoTL protocols, this session will also emphasize that the ethics process itself presents an opportunity to kick-start one’s research and to develop a clear protocol that will serve for all research stages moving forward. Faculty of varying SoTL experience levels are welcome. The last 30 minutes of the session will be devoted to Q & A. Those who are available only for the first hour are welcome to attend.

March 6, 2016
3PM –  5pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor




Facilitators: Megan Burnett, Associate Director, CTSI
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?


March 29, 2017
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor




Facilitator: Garfield Gini-Newman, Professor, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, OISE

A primary goal of virtually all educators is to help their students to think deeply about important concepts and ideas and to use their knowledge to construct innovative responses to complex issues and problems.  When assessment is used primarily to assess the end product or performance important opportunities to support and extend student learning is often missed.  An important element of nurturing critical thinking in higher education involves self-regulated learning and collaborative thinking that are both enhanced through the use of “assessment for” and “assessment as” learning.

In this workshop, Garfield will connect a framework for critical inquiry to effective assessment by examining how assessing the intellectual tools for rigorous thought can provide rich opportunities for students to peer and self-assess. The second half of the session will provide an opportunity for instructors to consider tweaks they may make to assignments used in their classes to ensure critical inquiry is nurtured. As well, an exploration of the use of digital technology to support “assessment as learning” will be included. Lunch will be provided to participants.

April 19, 2017
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor