Recent RGASC News & Successes


The following is a list of recent news and successes accomplished by RGASC staff and faculty, including peer-reviewed pedagogical research, conference presentations, and more! For details on older RGASC news, see the archive section below.

2018 - present

Taras Gula, Miroslav Lovric, and Andie Burazin received the Fields Institute General Scientific Activity Grant to organize and host the “Health Numeracy for Better Health: Mathematics and Health Education Working Together” Conference at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Ontario in October 2019.


Xiangying Huo will be presenting “Feedback in Second Language Writing: Problems and Challenges” at the Canada International Conference on Education (June 2019) at the University of Toronto Mississauga.


Laura Taylor will be presenting “Communication among Cultures’ as Taught Through Game Based Learning“ at the International Conference on Language, Innovation, Culture and Education (June 2019) in Seoul, South Korea.


Xiangying Huo will be presenting “Legitimacy of Non-Native English Varieties: From the Perspective of World Englishes” at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference (June 2019) in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Laura Taylor will be presenting “The Impact of the Graded Response Method on English Language Learners“ at the International Conference on New Achievements and Developments in Multidisciplinary Academic Research (June 2019) in Seoul, South Korea.


Xiangying Huo will be presenting the paperThe Problem of a Lack of Interactivity in Computer Assisted Language Learningat the Canada International Conference on Education (June 2019) at the University of Toronto Mississauga.


Andie Burazin and Marc De Benedetti will be presenting “Supporting our physics students to succeed in university” at Ontario Association of Physics Teachers Conference (May 2019) at the Institute of Quantum Computing, Waterloo.


Vincent Bouchard, Andie Burazin, Shawn Desaulniers, Veselin Jungic, and Miroslav Lovric received the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences Grant to organize and host the “First-Year University Mathematics Across Canada: Time to Rethink Our Curriculum?” Conference in Edmonton, Alberta in May 2019.


Laura Taylor will be sharing a poster titled “Game Based Learning in the University Classroom“ at the Teaching and Learning Symposium (May 2019) at the University of Toronto.


Xiangying Huo will be presenting “Second Language Education: Self-Construction or Other-Orientation?” at the 8th International Second Language Pedagogies Conference (May 2019) at the University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec.


Andie Burazin will discuss “Transitioning into First-year Mathematics Courses” at Mentor College, Mississauga (March 2019).


Jessie Richards, Dianne Ashbourne, Lisa Endersby, Ellen Watson, Jacqueline Hamilton, and Deborah Chen will be sharing preliminary findings from a national research project and working group examining experiences of early-career educational developers during a session entitled “Building bridges instead of walls: Drawing on collective wisdom to navigate the contradictions of educational development as an early career professional” in February 2019 at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference.


Sherry Fukuzawa and Michael deBraga's paper "Graded Response Method: Does Question Type Influence the Assessment of Critical Thinking?" was published in the Journal of Curriculum & Teaching (February 2019)


Monica Paabo, Amanda Brijmohan, Tom Klubi, Tyler Evans-Tokaryk, and Ruth Childs published their research on the impact of the RGASC’s Facilitated Study Groups on students’ academic performance in the February 2019 issue of The Journal of College Student Retention.


Michael Kaler’s contribution to a festschrift honoring Michel Desjardins of Wilfrid Laurier University has recently been published: “Praises and Rebukes in the gnostic Revelation Dialogues,” in Alexander Damm, ed., Religion and Education in Antiquity: Studies in honor of Michel Desjardins (Brill, Leiden, 2019), p. 212-224.


Andie Burazin presented “General Discussion on the Topic of Service Courses” at BIRS Workshop: First Year Mathematics Repository Workshop, in Banff, Alberta in February 2019.


Michael Kaler’s article, “Who is us? Thoughts on Nag Hammadi and the modern recreation of gnosticism” was published in Eric Crégheur, Louis Painchaud and Tuomas Rasimus, ed. Nag Hammadi à 70 ans, qu’avons-nous appris ? Nag Hammadi at 70. What Have we Learned? (Bibliothèque copte de Nag Hammadi, «Études» 10, Leuven, Peeters, 2019), p. 31-42.


Tyler Holden and Andie Burazin received a UTM Teaching Development & Innovation Grant in January 2019 for the teaching project “MAT133Y Renewal.”


An article profiling UTM118: The Science of Learning, a course taught by Andie Burazin, Michael Kaler, Tyler Evans-Tokaryk and many other members of the RGASC team, was published in January 2019, in the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation’s digital newsletter, Re:Think.  


Andie Burazin published the article “Making Mathematics Mnemonic, But Fun” in December 2018 in the Journal for Research & Practice in College Teaching.


Kerrie Martin and two of the RGASC’s Program Assistants (Alex Chee and Nicholas Lowe) presented “Enhancing the Impact and Presence of Supplemental Instruction through Volunteer Leaders” at the Learning Specialists Association of Canada Eastern Regional Conference in Toronto in December 2018.


Xiangying Huo published the article "Writing Norms: Monomodality or Multimodality?" in the 2018 Proceedings of Canada International Conference in Education (pp. 35-38).


Michael Kaler and Tyler Evans-Tokaryk presented a paper entitled “Working at the Meso Level to Develop Writing Pedagogy at the Micro Level: The University of Toronto Mississauga’s Writing Development Initiative as a SoTL lab” at the Research on Teaching and Learning Conference hosted by McMaster’s MacPherson Institute in December 2018.


Xiangying Huo published the article "Negotiation of Writing Norms" in December 2018 in The Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ), 9(4).


Tyler Holden and Andie Burazin published the article “2018 High School Computer Science and Mathematics Teacher Workshop: A Dialogue in CS and Math Education” in November 2018 in the Canadian Mathematical Society Notes.   


Sheila Batacharya co-edited a collection entitled “Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization”. The book was published in October 2018 by Athabasca University press, an open-source press. The book launch was held in November 2018 at the 2018 Decolonizing Conference hosted by the Centre for Integrative Anti-racism Studies (CIARS), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT).


Laura Taylor presented a paper entitled “ELLs in Higher Education: Strategies for Equity” in October 2018 at the ATESL Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.


Michael deBraga and Robert Reisz (Biology) presented a paper entitled “A new captorhinid and its contribution to our understanding of taxic diversity in the Early Permian cave system of Richards Spur, Oklahoma” at the 78th annual Conference of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Albuquerque, New Mexico in October 2018. 


Michael deBraga presented a poster entitled “Encouraging Critical Thinking in a Vertebrate Paleontology Course through Formative Assessment and a Classroom Response System” in the Education Outreach Session at the 78th annual Conference of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Albuquerque, New Mexico in October 2018.   


Sheila Batacharya presented “Watershed Memory, Drainpipe Story: A Tour” in September 2018. The tour was part of UTM's Blackwood Gallery festival The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea. The presentation was reported on by John Stewart in Mississauga.com.  


UTM Professor Ken Derry organizes regular reviews of books with a pedagogical focus in the journal Religious Studies ReviewMichael Kaler’s review of Owen Coggins’ Drone Metal was published there in September 2018.


Darja Barr, Andie Burazin, Kseniya Garaschuk, Veselin Jungic, and Miroslav Lovric published the article “First Year University Mathematics Across Canada: Facts, Community and Vision” in September 2018 in the Canadian Mathematical Society Notes.


Marc Laflamme, Uli Krull, Michael deBraga, and Paul Piunno published the article “The Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory Course: Refinements, Reflections, and the Introduction of Earth Sciences” in the Journal of College Science Teaching in September 2018. 


Xiangying Huo presented “Teaching English as an International Language: Revision of Language Policies” at the Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto in August 2018.


Andie Burazin and Miroslav Lovric published the article “Analyzing Narratives About Limits Involving Infinity in Calculus Textbooks” in the 2018 Proceedings of Research at the Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME) Conference.


Jessica Carlos and Kathi Wilson’s paper “Migration among temporary foreign workers: Examining health and access to health care among Filipina live-in caregivers” was published in Social Science & Medicine (July 2018).


Andie Burazin and Miroslav Lovric published the book chapter “Transition from Secondary to Tertiary Mathematics Culture Shock: Mathematical Symbols, Language, and Reasoning” in Teaching and learning secondary school mathematics: Canadian perspective in an international context.


Tom Klubi, along with former RGASC Program Assistants Linda DuongLaura Krajewski and Jester Dalusong-Manansala presented “The Promoting Academic Skills for Success (PASS) Program for At-Risk Students at UTM” in July 2018 at the University of Toronto’s University Professional’s Symposium.


Michael Kaler and Tyler Evans-Tokaryk presented “Critical Reading Across the Curriculum” in June 2018 at the Canadian Writing Centres Association conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Xiangying Huo presented "Writing Norms: Monomodality or Multimodality?" at the Canada International Conference on Education at the University of Toronto Mississauga in June 2018.  


Tyler Evans-Tokaryk and Michael Kaler presented “The Challenges and Rewards of Writing Program Assessment: A Report on the Use of Critical Discourse Analysis to Evaluate WAC” at the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW) conference in Regina, Saskatchewan in June 2018.


Xiangying Huo presented “Writing Norms: Monomodality or Multimodality?” at the Canada International Conference on Education at the University of Toronto Mississauga in June 2018.


In May 2018, Michael Kaler’s article “Neo-Gnosticism At the Movies” was published by the Journal of Religion and Film.


Fiona Rawle and Dianne Ashbourne presented “Using Layered Curriculum Maps to Identify and Coordinate Integrated Learning Opportunities” in April 2018 at the 12th Annual University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium.


Fiona Rawle, Mindy Thuna, Ting Zhao and Michael Kaler published a paper in the Canadian Journal for the Study of Teaching and Learning on the uses of audio feedback for promoting student engagement and providing support in large first year classes.  


Michael Kaler collaborated with Louis Painchaud on a contribution to a festschrift honoring Professor Paul-Hubert Poirier (Laval University): “On the pleasures and perils of codex analysis,” in Eric Crégheur, Julio Cesar Dias Chaves and Steve Johnston, eds., Christianisme des origines: Mélanges en l’honneur du Professeur Paul-Hubert Poirier (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), p. 217-230.


Michael Kaler’s paper, “The Intriguing Absence of God in the Apocalypse of Paul,” appeared in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 94/2:235-240 (2018).


Kerrie Martin presented “Enhancing the Impact and Presence of Supplemental Instruction Through Volunteer Leaders” at the International Conference on Supplemental Instruction in Seattle, Washington in May 2018.


Kerrie Martin presented “Effectively Using Senior S.I. Leaders to Build Program Capacity and Sustainability” at the International Conference on Supplemental Instruction in Seattle, Washington in May 2018.


Svitlana Frunchak, Ruth-Ann Gordon, Tom Klubi, and Kerrie Martin presented “Academic and Learning Skills at University of Toronto Mississauga” in May 2018 at the University of Toronto’s Tri-Campus Academic and Learning Skills Professionals Meet-Up.


Michael Kaler, Chester Scoville, and Daniela Janes presented “Thinking Holistically abut Academic Integrity in a First Year Learning Environment” in April 2018 at the University of Toronto’s Teaching and Learning Symposium.


Lee Bailey and Tom Klubi presented “Exploring the Value of Board Games as Pedagogical Tools” in April 2018 at the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Teaching Learning Symposium.  


Dianne Ashbourne and Fiona Rawle presented “What should we be teaching students about the Science of Learning?” in February 2018 at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference in Victoria, British Columbia.


Dianne Ashbourne and Fiona Rawle presented “Layered curriculum maps: An opportunity to reach new audiences” in February 2018 at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference in Victoria, British Columbia.


Jessie Richards and Dianne Ashbourne presented “Straddling the line: Navigating institutional tensions as an early career educational developer” in February 2018 at the Educational Developers Caucus Conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

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*Last Updated: February 22, 2019