Student Faculty Interaction

  • The Many Benefits of Cultures of Feedback within the Classroom

    Have you ever noticed that the word feedback often gets a bad rap? Common nomenclature suggests that it is something that we should fear. We hear expressions like, “face the feedback!” and in our minds’ eyes we see images of a person walking off a plank into the angry waters of judgment and ridicule. Perhaps, […]

  • Working with CTSI: from Work Study to Videographer

    By Wes Adams, Videographer, CTSI It’s been almost a year now since I started working at CTSI. I began this position a little under a year ago as work-study student with the role of video editor and assistant to the department’s talented Communications Coordinator, Kathleen Olmstead. Other than the exciting prospect of getting some hands-on […]

  • Grand Opening: CTSI, Robarts Library Reference Services and new student study areas

    It started with a need for new student spaces. After conducting focus groups, surveys and consultations with students, we knew U of T students wanted study spaces with natural light, comfortable seating, access to computers and wireless networks, and conveniently located to other resources (e.g. books). Thanks to a generous donation by Russell and Katherine […]

  • My Life is Average (Part 3): How Did I Choose?

    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 third in a series showcasing a student’s view of UofT, continuing with why he chose his major. Often times I’ve been asked, “Tian, why did you […]

  • 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. […]

  • “My Life is Average”: A Student’s Perspective

    “My Life is Average” 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 first in a series showcasing a student’s view of UofT, beginning with what brought him to study at UofT. There exists an […]

  • 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. […]

  • Focus on Faculty: Engaging Students with Extra Credit Projects

    For many chemistry students, organic chemistry is a course that forms the basis of the rest of their program, and can be an intimidating and challenging subject. To Lana Mikhaylichenko and Effie Sauer, however, it is a subject filled with creative potential. So for them, finding ways for students to enjoy organic chemistry was about […]

  • NMC Horizon Report

    by Ryan Green, Educational Technology Liaison, CTSI The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition came out a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be a good idea to put together a quick run down of what it contains. The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative identify six technologies they see […]

  • 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 […]

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