Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation

Articulate Storyline – Accessible Learning Object Design Guide

This guide, created by Will Heikamp, was introduced at CTSI this week: Accessible Learning Object Design Guide It’s specifically meant to support those people using Articulate Storyline to design online learning objects in compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA Web Accessibility standards. Thank you to Eveline Houtman for providing this resource.  

Follow-up on Blackboard Collaborate Report

At the November Instruction in Library Use meeting, Monique Flaccavento and I presented the results of the Blackboard Collaborate (Collaborate) pilot project on behalf of the Collaborate working group (see our previous post here). The primary goal of the project was to explore Collaborate from an instructional librarian perspective and to determine whether it is a … Read More

Librarians at the 2013 Teaching & Learning Symposium

Every autumn, the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation hosts a Teaching & Learning Symposium to explore a variety of topics and issues involved in teaching and learning at the University of Toronto. Librarians are always welcome to participate and attend, and this year the CTSI-seconded librarians deployed a survey to get feedback from the librarians in … Read More

Notes from the first Practice Exchange – examples of successful teaching practices

Tuesday January 15 2013 brought with it the inaugural Practice Exchange, a meeting of U of T librarians interested in exchanging ideas and information about their teaching. The first session focused on examples of successful teaching experiences.   Below are a few of the things participants mentioned and chatted about as things that have worked for … Read More

Moving Forward on the Librarians Teaching Program and Practice Exchanges

CTSI’s seconded librarians — John Bolan, Angela Hamilton, Joanna Szurmak,  and I — have been continuing the tasks of developing a program of professional development for librarians who teach at the U of T. Development of this program commenced in 2010, when the first group of CTSI-seconded librarians (Patricia Bellamy, Sarah Fedko, and Sheril Hook) … Read More

PASS (Partnering for Academic Student Success) 2011-12 Annual Report now available

Read the report here:  http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/loader.php?type=d&id=523546 Learn more about the history of the PASS project in the following LibGuide: A Partnership Between CTSI and Instructional Librarians, University of Toronto https://librarians.library.utoronto.ca/?page_id=1705 ———————- During 2011-2012, Patricia Bellamy (St. George), Whitney Kemble (UTSC), Joanna Szurmak (UTM), and Rita Vine (St. George) were seconded to the Centre of Teaching Support and Innovation … Read More

Recommendations on Fundamentals of University Teaching and related PD for U of T teaching librarians

In Spring 2012, 6 U of T librarians attended “Fundamentals of University Teaching”,  a multi-week program for U of T instructors, taught by Zubin Austin and Susan McCahan under the auspices of CTSI.  Patricia Bellamy tracked the librarians’ classroom experiences with weekly surveys, and our CTSI colleagues Martha Harris and Benjamin Pottruff  conducted a focus … Read More

CTSI bids adieu to PASS participants

Patricia Bellamy, Joanne Szurmak, Whitney Kemble and Rita Vine pose with CTSI director Carol Rolheiser at the July 9 tea hosted by CTSI staff to mark the end of the second PASS appointments. Look carefully at the beautiful calligraphy on each of our envelopes — courtesy of Dr. Rolheiser, penmaster. Who knew? All four of … Read More

New Online Undergrad Courses in Coming Academic Year

Laurie Harrison provides an update on what’s in the pipeline for the coming academic year.

CTSI Back to School Series now available

The schedule for CTSI’s annual “Back to School” series for campus instructors has been posted http://www.teaching.utoronto.ca/about_ctsi/servicesexpertise/ctsi-workshops/b2s-2012.htm These are excellent FREE active-learning seminars.  Several are of direct benefit to the work we do in supporting teaching and learning.  Those who have attended the workshops find that in addition to adding to their own skill sets, they learn … Read More