Sessions and Workshops

Upcoming Sessions and Workshops

Generative AI Sandbox Topic 2: Exploring student course activities

May 15, 2:30pm-4:30pm (in-person) 

Jordan Holmes, Manager, Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTSI)
Will Heikoop, Coordinator Digital Learning Innovation, ITS 
Derek Hunt, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning & Technology, CTSI

Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring how instructors can make use of Generative AI tools available within the University of Toronto environment to support teaching and learning. This workshop is intended for those who are intrigued by AI but may feel cautious about trying it out. We will demonstrate and practice with two AI tools available from Microsoft and Contact North. Learn to navigate these platforms while protecting your data, as we generate examples and explore practical student course activity use cases to support teaching needs.  

SPECIAL NOTE: Part one of the session will introduce the MS CoPilot and Contact North tools, which will overlap with some of the content presented in Sandbox 1 (Feb. 12, 2024). 

Participants are requested to bring with them a laptop to this session and download the Microsoft Edge browser on the device (if not already installed) in order to participate in full. Cell phones and tablets will not suffice for full participation in this session.  

We also suggest you read the CTSI Teaching with Generative AI at U of T, Tips To Get You Started page.

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Generative AI Assessment Design Clinic

June 19, 2024, 10am-2pm

Part 1: Generative AI and Principles of Assessment (hybrid, 10am-12pm)
Part 2: Assessment Design Clinic (in-person, CTSI Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library, 12:30pm – 2:00pm)

Megan Burnett, Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)
Jordan Holmes, Senior Manager, Teaching, Learning & Technology, CTSI
Andrea Williams, Director, Writing & Rhetoric Program, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and Deputy Director, CTSI

Are you looking to learn more about generative artificial intelligence in the context of teaching and learning? Are you considering revising one or more of your assignments in response to generative AI? Join fellow U of T instructors and CTSI Facilitators to explore the possibilities and constraints of generative AI for course and assignment design. We will discuss the current U of T generative AI landscape and experiment with the institutionally approved University tool, Microsoft Copilot. We will also review principles and best practices for assessment. Participants interested in revising an assignment may stay for the “clinic” part of the session, where you can receive hands-on support and feedback on your course assessment/assignment. CTSI staff will be available to answer questions related to policy, privacy, and assessment design.

Please note: Participants will get the most out of the session if they come prepared with a specific assessment they are eager to rethink in light of generative AI.

Participation Criteria: Applications are welcome from U of T instructors across all three campuses. Priority will be given to early career faculty looking to adapt an assignment for an upcoming course.

Application period closes May 21, 2024

Generative AI Virtual Drop In – Getting Started with Microsoft Copilot

Every second Tuesday until August 27th, 1pm-3pm

Join us for an interactive virtual drop-in for University of Toronto instructors and staff. This is your opportunity to get hands-on experience with Microsoft Copilot, a powerful generative AI model that has been approved for use by the University.

Focus: Our primary goal is to familiarize you with the process of logging into Copilot using protected mode, which means your privacy and data will be kept secure. You’ll also learn how to craft effective prompts to get the most out of Copilot’s capabilities.

What to Expect:

  • A walkthrough of the protected mode login process.
  • Tips on creating effective prompts to communicate with Copilot.
  • A demonstration of Copilot’s features.
  • Q&A to address any questions or concerns.
  • Drop in anytime between 1 PM and 3 PM and stay for as little or as much time as you like.

Don’t miss this chance to explore how Microsoft Copilot can assist you in your daily tasks and teaching endeavours. We look forward to helping you harness the full potential of this innovative tool!

View Past CTSI Workshops

From Panic to Possibility: Rethinking and Redesigning Assignments in the Wake of Generative AI 
As an instructor, it is hard to read about the impact of generative AI on teaching and learning in higher education and not wonder how we are going to respond, especially when we are told that many of our students are already using it. This workshop will help move you from panic mode to problem-solving: in consultation with workshop leaders and faculty peers, you will get a chance to rethink and redesign one of your assignments with a focus on learning objectives, possibilities, and constraints in our new context.   

View recording (December 11,2023) 
Download Slides (December 11 2023) 

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