Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation

  • STLHE 2012 – Montreal

    Several members of the CTSI team attended the Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education conference in Montreal last week (June 19-22). It was an eventful and stimulating few days (although that also meant we didn’t have much time to explore the city). Pam Gravestock, Associate Director, presented a research paper, Does Teaching Matter? […]

  • Office Hours and Talking to Professors

    In conjunction with Student Life, CTSI has been working on a series of videos for students visiting instructors during office hours. On the Student Life side, these videos are a part of their Talking to Your Professors campaign that offers tips and strategies for students who feel shy or uncomfortable (or overwhelmed) about approaching faculty. […]

  • Upcoming at CTSI

    We are working on a new project with Student Life that will be launched at the end of January. We don’t want to give too much away – there’s something to be said about the element of surprise – but we thought we would offer a few hints. The first clue (if it isn’t already […]

  • Evaluating participation

    Evaluating student participation in tutorials or seminars can be a challenge for everyone from first time TAs to experienced instructors. Recently, I came across an interesting suggestion posted on the Student Participation/Active Learning page on the website of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.  They offer the suggestion of providing students with the opportunity […]

  • January is Assessment Month at CTSI

    Assessment is not only about testing knowledge and content but supporting students in developing learning strategies. CTSI’s January and February workshops highlight alternative approaches that integrate assessment into learning and personal reflection. Topics include Communicating with Your Students: Effective Oral and Written Feedback, Assembling Your Teaching Dossier (both a workshop and a clinic) and The […]

  • CTSI: the view from the 7th floor

    With the start of the new year, we have settled in our new, albeit temporary, home. Our space on the 4th floor of Robarts is under renovation – our office has grown considerably over the last few years with the amalgamation of offices (Office of Teaching Advancement, Teaching Assistants’ Training Program and Resource Centre for […]

  • Curriculum guides for film – not just for K-12

    This post addresses a question I have fielded as a TATP trainer who teaches a workshop on video in the classroom. Partcipants sometimes ask, where can I find video curriculum guides to help me teach in my discipline? This question does not emerge out of thin air. It comes up because when I teach the […]

  • Caption This!

    Enter the 2011 Teaching & Learning Symposium Caption Contest for a chance to win a Dell Streak 7 Honeycomb Tablet. This year’s Teaching & Learning Symposium, co-hosted by the Office of the Vice-President and Provost and CTSI, will focus on the theme of Cultivating Teaching, Cultivating Learning. The interactive sessions, roundtable discussions and poster displays are […]

  • Large Classroom Teaching: a new online resource from CTSI

    We’re excited to announce that our new online learning module on Large Classroom Teaching is now available. This has been a collaborative project between CTSI staff, Teaching Academy members (winners of the President’s Teaching Award) and Tyler Blacquiere, our work-study student. One of our goals in producing this module was to bring colleagues together via […]

  • 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 […]

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