CTL Newsletter #2

CTL Newsletter #2

Hello! Here's what's happening in The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) (August 29, 2019).
 
Do you have student/course-related questions? Ask us:
• Writing support - In-class workshops, consultations for assignment design, student writing skills
• English language development support - language skills testing, support programs, consultations
• Math and Statistics support - seminars, workshops, virtual tutoring, individual and group appointments
• Service learning/experiential learning - EL in courses, community of practice, campus resources
• Quercus and other technology support including the WebOption
 
Or see more below.
 
September Events, Opportunities
• Teaching at UTSC: Policies and Best Practices, Thursday, September 5, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon in AC221. Click for more info and to register.
• Leveraging Quercus to Achieve Learning Goals. (An Educator Exchange event). Thursday, September 19, 11 am - 1 pm. Click for more info and to register.
• Teaching Enhancement Grants. Deadline - October, 1, 2019. More info - https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/applying-teaching-grants.
 
Welcome to new hires in CTL:
• Dr. Greg SharzerGraduate Student Programs Coordinator
• Dr. Cindy BongardWriting Support
• Dr. Al Hearn, Educational Developer - Experiential Learning (more info to come)
Dr. Asal Aslemand, Math and Stats Support
 
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Student and Course-related Support 
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) and the Reading and Writing Excellence (RWE) 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.
 
Student Support
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.
 
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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)