Programming & Communications
2021-2022 Annual Report
Promoting and nurturing the thriving culture of teaching and learning across U of T is at the heart of the work of the Programming & Communications (P&C) team. From designing and coordinating a range of educational development opportunities for instructors, to showcasing pedagogical best practices and resources, the P&C team understands the importance of making teaching and learning visible and fostering community across all corners of the University. Learn more about the team’s work in Intersections.
ACT: Academic and Collaborative Technology
ACUE: Association of College and University Educators
ALC: Active Learning Classroom
AODA: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
CE: Course Evaluations team
DLI: Digital Learning Innovation
E&A: Evaluation and Assessment team
FAS: Faculty of Arts & Science
FASE: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
IRDG: Institutional Research & Data Governance Office
ITS: Information Technology Services
KPE: Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
OISE: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
OVPIUE: Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education
P&C: Programming and Communication team
SGS: School of Graduate Studies
SoTL: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
TATP: Teaching Assistants’ Training Program
TFM: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
TLT: Teaching, Learning and Technology team
TRC: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
UTM: University of Toronto Mississauga
UTSC: University of Toronto Scarborough
Programming & Communication Highlights
New website: CTSI’s new website launched in June 2022 with an integrated educational technology resource library, enhanced search capability, streamlined information architecture, and a modern look and feel.
Consultation project: Using CTSI’s custom registration management software, EVE, CTSI revamped and improved consultation requests by streamlining request processes, improving data collection and supporting the yearly reporting process.
ACUE programming: A new lunch time series, facilitated by recent graduates of the Certificate in Effective University Instruction (offered by CTSI in partnership with the Association of College and University Educators), drew on these instructors’ practical and evidence-informed teaching expertise and created more opportunities for educational leadership amongst faculty.
2022 Teaching and Learning Symposium
# of Participants: 352
# of Concurrent Sessions: 24
(Plus 3 Design Thinking Workshops)
Rated Excellent (scale of 1-5) by 78% of survey respondents
A program that resonated with me recently is the academic resilience series. The first workshop in the series: “Exploring Academic Resilience: Research and Student Experiences” not only stimulated reflection on how I can further support academic resilience through the curriculum, but also prompted me to strategically place an academic resilience workshop in our large genetics course HMB265H1 (~1000 students). I invited Kate Bowers & Rahul Bhat to share proven and effective learning strategies to help students positively adapt to adversity and bounce back from setbacks. Based on the feedback received from students, the workshop inspired them to work effectively, helped them find rhythm for learning and had a positive impact on their learning in this course as well as going forward. This is one of many examples of the impact CTSI had on my teaching practices and student learning.