Outside the Classroom

  • Life @ U of T and CTSI

    We are excited to welcome Lori, the newest member of the CTSI family. Lori will be contributing regular posts to the Life @ U of T blog. I will let Lori introduce herself – her first post went up on Thursday and her second post appeared today – but we wanted to add that we’re […]

  • Munk School and TIFF: a perfect combination

    One of the exciting things about fall (and I can think of many nice and/or exciting things, including knee socks and the return of Parks and Recreation) is that U of T lecture series kick into high gear. One of the first to arrive is a co-presentation with Munk School of Global Affairs and the […]

  • Learning through Current Events: Huge, Immediate and Complicated

    In many courses, finding opportunities to incorporate current events into teaching can be a way to engage students by enriching traditional material through application of concepts and approaches to current issues. For example, the “Occupy” phenomenon that began in Fall 2011 provided an opportunity for students to engage with current social, political and economic issues. […]

  • 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? […]

  • Focus on Faculty: Field Trips

    New Toronto condominiums, old New York City tenements and Robarts Library’s recycling bay: these are three things that seem like uncommon places for students to explore, but for Shauna Brail’s Urban Studies students, they are a part of their regular classroom. Brail, Director of Experiential Learning and Senior Lecturer at the Urban Studies Program in […]

  • A Focus on Faculty

    As a part of the Student-Faculty Interaction initiative – highlighting faculty who implement alternative methods to engage with students – we (CTSI) have started a Focus on Faculty section on our website. Our first profiles are of two President’s Teaching Award winners: Barbara Murck, Department of Geography (UTM) and Andy Dicks, Department of Chemistry. Murck […]

  • UpbeaT: Yes, learning can be fun!

    When was the last time you visited a farmer’s market? Or mixed up sugar with salt when you were baking a cake? Or made peanut butter from scratch? For one class at UofT, all these things have already been transformed into learning experiences. UofT Student Life blogger Erin, with UpbeaT, shows us a fun side […]

  • Spotlight on Students: Making Referrals

    During Orientation week, students are overwhelmed with information about the different offices, clubs and groups on campus that are here to offer support and resources for every aspect of their student lives.  What makes even more of a difference is if students continue to receive reminders about resources throughout the term.  A timely referral can […]

  • Spotlight on Students: First in the Family

    Did you know that 1 in 5 students at U of T are the First in their Family to attend university? These students are children of parents who did not receive post-secondary education. Over the past year, programs on all three U of T campuses were created to mentor, advise, and support first-generation students during […]

  • Spotlight on Students: Re-thinking Office Hours

    Focus on Teaching: Re-thinking Office Hours In our Back to School workshops this week, we’ve been talking about ways to meet with your students. Office hours are the traditional method: setting aside a dedicated one or two hours at the same time every week for students to ask question in person. However, some faculty find […]

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