• Media Literacy and Digital Natives

    “Digital native” is a term often applied to the so-called “Millennial” generation, those people born in the 1980s and 1990s who grew up and came of age in a time of rapid digital growth. Millennials, particularly the younger half, have been exposed since childhood to computers, the Internet, cell phones, video games, and electronic gadgets, […]

  • Teaching & Technology in 2013

    Upcoming events and incoming technology for 2013 at the University of Toronto: U of T has recently signed licensing agreements with webconferencing solutions. Echo360 is a lecture capture software that enables video-on-demand and live web-based broadcasting. Bb Collaborate allows for live synchronous “virtual” classrooms. CTSI is offering three workshops this term for instructors – Making […]

  • Training Camp for CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Course Instructors – Dec. 7th, 2012

    The 2011-2014 collective agreement between CUPE 3902 and the University,  outlines that Course Instructors (CIs) who are members of Unit 1 who will be teaching a course at the University for the very first time shall receive 6 hours of paid job training. At the Centre For Teaching Support & Innovation, we have taken a variety […]

  • My Life is Average (Part 4): Who Am I Today?

    by Tian-Yuan Zhao (Music & Electrical and Computer Engineering) This year, CTSI has worked with students to explore their perspective on learning at UofT. This blog post is the fourth and final post in a series showcasing a student’s view of UofT, concluding with why he chose to combine two different majors, and what he […]

  • CTSI around campus and in the news

    Over the past few months, CTSI has been involved in a number of events celebrating teaching and learning in higher education. These were opportunities to showcase U of T’s activities and initiatives and to learn from colleagues around the province, and around the world, about new and innovative practices. In February, delegates from Ultrecht University […]

  • Academic Integrity: Talking About Plagiarism

    Saira Mall, Educational Technology Liaison Martha Harris, Faculty Liaison It’s that time of year—assignments are submitted, papers are due, exams are being written, and all at the same time! As pressures mount to complete final course work, students find themselves overwhelmed and want to complete assignments the fastest way they can. In this state of […]

  • Teaching with Apps

    Saira Mall–Educational Technology Liaison, CTSI In early April, UofT launched Mobile Learn, Blackboard’s app through which students can receive course notifications and information about their courses.  With the launch I was wondering what apps are especially useful in supporting teaching. The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article by Jeffery Young (2011) who identified the […]

  • SOPA / PIPA and a Canadian perspective

    If you were browsing in the internet today (January 18, 2012), there’s a good chance that you’ve encountered ‘black’ sites or sites with messages protesting two bills before US Congress. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are designed to criminalize acts of piracy on the internet (i.e. downloading or sharing […]

  • About Your Portal Course

    Please note: this post will be a link within Portal for summer 2012 courses. It will be updated with information regarding the course lifecycle throughout the term. The following information was provided by Ryan Green, Educational Technology Liaison, CTSI: This entry will be linked into every Summer 2012 Portal course, via a link at the […]

  • Visual Oompf!

    Post 2: Colour Scheme Opening a new presentation and facing the vast, white abyss commonly known as the FIRST SLIDE can be intimidating. My go-to colour scheme evokes the spirit of Chanel, Yohji Yamamoto, Apple (for those not so fashion fixated) and all the other designers who perfected the crisp, simple, monochromatic look. Branching out […]

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