• Road to Teaching

    Throughout my time in high school, I always thought academics wasn’t my thing. My teachers never missed an opportunity to remind me how my poor performance would prevent me from succeeding in the future. The emphasis on performance made me perceive learning merely as a means to an end. The end was good grades, and […]

  • Teaching with Quercus: Inspiring Practices

    Looking for a little inspiration to take your Quercus course to the next level? Check out these four short videos of faculty who are using innovative and easy-to-adopt approaches to enhance the learning and teaching experience at the University of Toronto: Creating a Course Tour using Lecture Capture Software Avi J. Cohen, Professor, Department of […]

  • Finishing First Year

    My first year here at U of T is wrapping up. It was in many ways everything that I expected yet far from it. The academic challenges were there, the homesickness was ever so present, and the weather was tough to muster through. Yet all and all, I’ve furthered my academic interests in psychology, become […]

  • Course Evaluations and the First Year Student

    The course evaluation period for the Winter 2019 academic session opens in end-of-March. As an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the wide range of available courses taught by different professors makes course selection a challenging task. Luckily, course evaluations have proved to be instrumental in narrowing down the list of courses. […]

  • Keep Learning on Track with Outcomes in Quercus

    You’d think I’d be an expert by now. I’ve taught in different disciplines: Biology, Experiential Learning, Leadership Studies, and Education. I’ve taught different students: undergraduates, graduate students, and community college instructors. I’ve partnered with faculty to think through course design and redesign for more than 10 years. You want to refine your learning outcomes? I’ll […]

  • Recognizing our TAs

    The immense work and time that TAs dedicate to preparing tutorials, encouraging conversation among students, and grading papers sometimes go unnoticed by students. One way to acknowledge them is the TA Teaching Excellence Awards. Nominations are open until February 25 and recognize the work of Teaching Assistants at U of T. Created by the Teaching […]

  • Quercus: Help! My students can’t access my course content

    One of the top questions received at Quercus Help at the start of the fall semester related to course content. Students would claim “My prof says she posted the material, but I can’t see it.” Or, faculty would ask “Why can’t students see what I’ve posted?” Let’s take a look at why this might be […]

  • Reflections on the First Term

    The second wave of midterms is rolling in, and soon enough, fall classes will be over and finals season here. I have just completed my second and last test for PSY100 before the final exam. In these next few weeks, I’ll be occupied with assignments – two of which share a deadline (exciting), and then […]

  • A View on Quercus from First Year

    This fall, University of Toronto faculty and students switched to using a new learning toolbox called Quercus. As a first-year student, I don’t have much to compare the new system to, but so far, I’ve found that the system is simple to navigate. It looks very modern and clean with the different sections neatly organized […]

  • Mid-Term Milestones

    It’s nearing the end of midterm season, and I think most students are ready for fall reading week. Maybe it’s a time for catching up on assignments or just taking a break from schoolwork altogether. For me, it’ll be a mixture of both. I’ll be heading to Chicago for the first half of the week […]

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