CTL Newsletter #1

CTL Newsletter #1

Welcome to CTL's new newsletter.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is undergoing a transformation, as we re-organize the services and support we provide to UTSC instructors and students.
Over the next short while you'll notice:

  • changes to our website (dropping 'centre' from some program names, and a redesigned website)
  • this new CTL newsletter (combined messaging instead of separate emails)
  • an emphasis on integrated student services and support (not separate units)

Right now, learn more about how CTL supports instructors and students through:
a. Professional and Teaching Development Events/Opportunities including upcoming events and a new round of teaching grants.
b. Teaching and Student Support including consultations on all aspects of course planning and development, including writing and English language development.
c. Student Development and Support including appointments, workshops, study groups, math support, and experiential learning placements
CTL offers professional and teaching development events to instructors (Educator Exchange, Director Workshops, Teaching Dossiers), two rounds per year of teaching grants, and support for educational research. Upcoming:
Teaching at UTSC: Policies and Best Practices, on Thursday, September 5, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon in AC221. This session will look at the fundamentals of creating and teaching a well-run course. It will also consider key teaching policies at UTSC and the range of help available to instructors at UTSC.  While the session is geared to new instructors, returning instructors who want to take a fresh look at their teaching are also welcome. Speaker: Dr. Karen McCrindle, Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning and Associate Dean Teaching and Learning. Register now.
Educator Exchange: First event: Thursday, September 19, 11 am - 1 pm, Adon Irani (Educational Technology Supervisor), Leveraging Quercus to Achieve Learning Goals.
Teaching Enhancement Grants: Deadline - October, 1, 2019. More info - https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/applying-teaching-grants. The application system will open shortly.
Instructors can consult with CTL's faculty and staff on all aspects of course planning and development, including:
Writing support and consultations are available for assignment design, rubrics, and student writing skills. In-class workshops can be tailored for your academic writing assignments as well as reading and presentation skills support. For more information or for a consultation, see https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/writing-support-your-course or contact Dr. Sarah King.
Through English language development support, students can accelerate their rate of improvement in Academic English vocabulary, critical thinking and academic reading/writing skills. Supports include an Academic English Health Check (AEHC), the Reading and Writing Excellence (RWE) program, Communication Development Cafes, consultations and the Peer Program. Faculty support info is at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/eld/faculty-support. Contact: Dr. Elaine Khoo.
Statistics consultations are available for faculty and graduate students to facilitate their own research endeavours. For students, the Math and Statistics support team provides free seminars, workshops, virtual tutoring, individual appointments, and small-group consultations to improve students’ proficiency in various subjects of mathematics and statistics. See https://utsc.utoronto.ca/mslc/.
Service learning/experiential learning opportunities can deepen students' understanding of their discipline, and help them gain hands-on experience. Instructors can consult with us on experiential learning in courses, joining an EL community of practice, and campus EL resources including placement development. See https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/service-learning-outreach. Contact Dr. Kamini Persaud.
Consultations are available on syllabus and course design, classroom management issues, course troubleshooting, degree learning expectations and curriculum mapping. Contact Dr. David Chan.
Quercus and other technology support is available including the WebOption. If you are interested in offering WebOption Lecturecasting for Fall 2019 courses, please contact Mark McKee immediately (deadline was Friday, August 16th). See more info at WebOption.
CTL also offers support directly to students through programs and services aimed at enhancing their academic skill development. Your students' engagement with CTL has an impact on their learning; please encourage them to explore these opportunities:

  • course-based study groups
  • writing support for assignments
  • English language development support
  • academic integrity workshops
  • for-credit courses
  • experiential learning placements
  • online writing modules
  • language diagnostic testing
  • stats and math support
  • course lectures online
  • math virtual tutoring
  • ...and much more.

See CTL for programs and services that we offer.