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Winter 2021 Events

Getting Ready to Teach this Summer: Lessons from the Past Year

Facilitated by Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology; Ann Gagné, Educational Developer (Universal Design for Learning), Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre; and Dianne Ashbourne, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

This session is geared toward instructors who are teaching remotely for the first time this summer. We will provide an overview of things to keep in mind when teaching remotely, informed by UTM instructors’ experiences this past year.

TLC Year-End Reflection

Facilitated by Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology; Ann Gagné, Educational Developer (Universal Design for Learning), Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre; and Dianne Ashbourne, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Connect with your colleagues to reflect on this past year in an interactive, collaborative session. This session will provide an opportunity to share pedagogical strategies that worked well and to ask your colleagues for suggestions to address challenges that you encountered during the term.

Teaching with Technology Showcase 

Facilitated by Simone Laughton, Head, Library & Instructional Technologies, UTM Library; Kenneth Berry, Instructional Technologies Specialist, UTM Library; and Angie Cappiello, Instructional Technologies Specialist, UTM Library

This session will highlight how UTM instructors are enhancing learning environments for their students by integrating technology into their courses. The goal of the session is to spark new ideas and to facilitate a conversation about the effective use of technology to support and enhance instructional practices.  

Mental Health Syllabus Workshop

Facilitated by Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology; and Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

This workshop will explore how the syllabus is a foundational document to support mental wellness for students and instructors. Participants will have an opportunity to review their syllabi and apply wellness concepts for future iterations of their course.


Dish With One Spoon Treaty Workshop

Facilitated by Ange Loft

In this workshop participants will be presented with treaty information through the lens of foundational agreements. Participants reflect on their personal relationship to treaty through discussion around Indigenous practices of gift giving, kin building, resource sharing, and acknowledgement.

Curriculum Mapping

  • Facilitated by Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

This workshop will outline how to engage in effective curriculum mapping, and will highlight the opportunities that can arise from the mapping process and dissemination of the maps themselves. We will discuss mapping at the assignment, course, and program level, and will explore different ways to both use and disseminate curricular maps.

Demystifying the Dossier Series: Preparing the Teaching Dossier

  • Facilitated by Megan Burnett, Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, University of Toronto & Dianne Ashbourne, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre.

At the University of Toronto, teaching dossiers must be submitted as part of the review process for tenure or continuing status. This session will provide an overview of the content and structure of an effective teaching dossier, focusing on dossiers prepared for a review process, and with an emphasis on how to align this document with divisional and institutional expectations. Session participants will review the distinctive qualities of a teaching dossier, and will develop a plan for assembling and strengthening their own dossiers. 

Community Engaged Learning

  • Facilitated by Michael DeBraga, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream; Experiential Learning Faculty Liaison; Jennifer Esmail, Assistant Director, Experiential Learning and Centre for Community Partnerships; Joan Simalchik, Associate Professor, Department of Historical Studies and Women's Studies, and Alysha Ferguson, Manager, Community Engaged Learning, Centre for Student Engagement

This workshop will provide an introduction to "community-engaged learning" (CEL) as a pedagogy and practice. Attendees will learn about the foundational pedagogical principles of CEL, how CEL differs from other forms of experiential learning, and some introductory considerations for course design and partnership development. 

Indigenous Lunch & Learn

Introductions:  Tee Duke, UTM Assistant Director, Indigenous Initiatives


  • Jennifer Adese, Canada Research Chair in Métis Women, Politics, and Community. Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Kristen Bos, Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Institute/Department of Historical Studies. Co-director of the Technoscience Research Unit

This lunch and learn is an opportunity to meet and hear about research that is being lead by Indigenous scholars on campus.

Dr. Jennifer Adese will be speaking to: "Extinguishing the Dead: Colonial Anxieties and Métis Scrip Research"

Dr. Kristen Bos's talk will be speaking to how she/we cultivate values and protocols, which includes comfort as a right and refusal as an ethic, at her environmental data justice lab at the Technoscience Research Unit.  

Round-Table Discussion: Inclusive Pedagogy - Equity Approaches

  • Facilitated by Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Skills Centre; Fran Odette, Professor, George Brown University; and Nythalah Baker Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion 

In this roundtable we will discuss comprehensive approaches to a more equitable pedagogy. We will explore how race, class, disability, and LGBTQ2S+ awareness can intersect and are part of an inclusive pedagogy and curriculum.

Statistics for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Presented by Tingting Zhu, Lecturer (CLTA), Department of Geography, Geomatics, and Environment, Carly Prusky, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre & Dianne Ashbourne, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre.

This workshop will address some of the common uses for statistics in SOTL work, and is an opportunity for faculty to ask questions about the statistical framing of research.

Compassion Fatigue Workshop 

Facilitated by Shawna Percy, Life Voice

Based on the work of registered Psychotherapist and renowned speaker Francoise Mathieu, the Compassion Fatigue Workshop addresses the impact of burnout and vicarious trauma, and discusses how to get back to a place where we function out of a healthy capacity as instructors relating to learners. 

How You Can Help Students Develop Their Foundational Academic Skills

Facilitated by the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

If students are to be successful both in specific courses and in their academic careers, they need to master a number of academic skills - and instructors can help them do that. In this workshop, members of the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre will provide attendees with resources and activities to help students develop the foundational academic skills they need, with the emphasis on activities that do not require a great deal of preparation, that can be done in 10 minutes or less, and that can be integrated with your teaching of content.

The session will provide activities and tips for helping students with the following five academic skills:

  • effective reading;
  • notetaking;
  • study planning & distributed practice;
  • academic integrity; and
  • problem solving

Voice Care for Instructors

  • Facilitated by Jake Simons

As instructors, care and use of our voice is often not something that is commonly part of our course preparation. Join us as we explore techniques that will strengthen your voice and will help provide care for your vocal cords as you teach remotely.

Fall 2020 Events

Winter Camp for Instructors

  • Facilitated by Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology; Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre; & Dianne Ashbourne, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre.

During this two-hour workshop we will highlight what worked (and what didn’t) during the fall term, looking forward to designing courses for Winter 2021. The session will share strategies related to course policies and syllabi, assessments, synchronous and asynchronous lectures, and managing student workload. We will also discuss approaches for supporting students, building community, and managing instructor workload. The workshop will be followed by a 2-hour drop-in session the next day (Tuesday, December 15th from 10am - 12pm) that aims to help instructors apply the strategies discussed to their individual courses. 

Round-Table Discussion: Racially-Inclusive Pedagogy

Join us for a roundtable where we discuss racially-inclusive pedagogical strategies that you can use both in-class and remotely. This is an opportunity to pose questions about how to make your courses, and assessments more inclusive.

Creating Accessible Documents and Inclusive Course Design

  • Facilitated by Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

This session will review inclusive course design and assessment possibilities in a holistic manner. We will explore document requirements for accessibility and how to address barriers to inclusivity in your courses.

Organizational Strategies for Teaching

  • Facilitated by Rafael Chiuzi, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute for Management and Innovation

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn different organizational strategies and management techniques to enhance their teaching and self-organization. From your strengths and weaknesses to elaborating planned approaches to innovation, this session is designed to offer several tools to help instructors think about their teaching.

TDI (Teaching Development & Innovation) Grant Winner Showcase

  • Presented by Bogdan Simion, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and Vivienne Luk, Assistant Professor, Teaching Steam, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences and Department of Forensic Science

This session provides an opportunity for our TDI-award-winning instructors to share their pedagogical research with colleagues in short, 10-minute presentations. The TDI Grant Winner Showcase is also a great opportunity for faculty to gather ideas and learn more about the innovative teaching and learning initiatives happening on the UTM campus.

More information on the TDI Grant and other Teaching and Learning Grants from UTM can be found here: 

Multimodality: Pedagogy and Technology

  • Facilitated by Rosa Junghwa Hong, Assistant, Professor, Teaching Stream, French Program Department of Language Studies; Elizabeth Parke, Senior Research Associate, Collaborative Digital Research Space; and Joanna Szurmak, Research Services & Liaison Librarian

In a series of lightning talks, faculty will present examples of how multimodality and universal design for learning (UDL) strategies have worked with their assessments. Faculty will speak to the pedagogy of the tools they have used and how the tools have supported active learning and engagement.

Indigenous Student Panel and Curriculum Workshop

This panel will discuss the importance of an Indigenous curriculum in all aspects of pedagogy at the University of Toronto. We will provide some resources and examples of Indigenous initiatives that are taking place in UTM classrooms and communities, led by both students and faculty. We will converse on the importance for all UTM students and faculty to understand the long-lasting consequences of the historical relationships between Universities and Indigenous peoples in Canada, and begin a discourse on possible ways for UTM to move forward toward reconciliation. This panel differs from previous years, in that the dialogue will center around the needs and perspectives of Indigenous students.

The panel will be immediately followed by a two-hour Indigenous Curriculum Workshop. As a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, this workshop will focus on approaches to Indigenizing and decolonizing the curriculum. We will focus on an overview of incorporating inclusive pedagogy and Indigenous ways of knowing into courses. Participants will also have the opportunity to bring a current course syllabus with them to reflect on Indigenizing and decolonizing their specific courses.

Mid-Term Instructor Check-In

  • Facilitated by Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology & Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Reflecting on your teaching practice is critical to your learning and development. It can help you find solutions to challenges that arise within the learning environment. This session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on how the term has been going, to ask any questions that may have come up, and to check-in with your colleagues.

Academic Integrity Panel

  • Panelists:
    • Lucy Gaspini (Director, Academic Success & Integrity Panel)
    • Lisa Devereaux (Manager, Academic Integrity and Affairs)
    • Michael Kaler, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Writing Specialist for the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre
    • Chet Scoville, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of English
    • Steve Szigeti, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream,Institute of Communications, Culture, Information and Technology
    • Christoph Richter, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Biology
    •  TJ Yusun, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Mathematical and Computational Sciences
    • Navdeep, Student panelist

This panel will explore academic integrity issues from the faculty, student, and administrative perspective. In this dialogue faculty will present research on academic integrity as well as explore what academic integrity means to students.

Creating an Equitable Classroom

  • Facilitated by Michael Kasprzak, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI Teaching and Learning, and Jasjit Sangha, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Centre

In this interactive workshop, we focus on how to bring an equity lens to your work as an educator. Participants can expect to troubleshoot case studies in groups, write reflectively on one’s own and identify teaching practices to adopt this semester online (together and individually). To do this, we think through unconscious bias, the role of language and engage in deep listening to draw awareness to power relations in the classroom.

Facilitating Synchronous Tutorials for Teaching Assistants

  • Facilitated by Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and Jessica Carlos, Graduate Student Support Strategist, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

This session will address strategies for engagement and classroom management for synchronous tutorial and practical sessions. We will look at similarities and differences between in-person and online classroom management and provide strategies and tools to foster an engaging community online for different course enrollment sizes. Join us with your questions for a lively and informative session to help prepare for the coming term.

Ready, Set, Teach Day (Online)

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TLC Event

How do I start off on the right foot on the first day of class? How can I protect my students’ and my own wellbeing throughout the term? What are  pedagogical opportunities for remote teaching and learning? What support and resources does the UTM campus offer instructors? The fall term can bring both excitement and uncertainty, but Ready, Set Teach Day will help set you up for success as you jump into the new term. All sessions will provide opportunities to learn from and with other UTM instructors.