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Rawle, Fiona; Bowen, Tracey; Murck, Barbara; Hong, Rosa Junghwa – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Curriculum mapping can be used to document, align, visualize, and assess curricular data, such as learning outcomes, assessment materials, instructional techniques, and student pre- and post-testing scores. A cross-disciplinary Curriculum Mapping Initiative currently underway at the University of Toronto Mississauga aims to: (1) develop guidelines…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Concept Mapping, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Strategies
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Reeve, Doug; Evans, Greg; Simpson, Annie; Sacks, Robin; Olivia-Fisher, Estelle; Rottmann, Cindy; Sheridan, Patricia – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In recent years engineering educators have been encouraged to blend technical and professional learning in their curricular and co-curricular programming (Engineers Canada, 2009; National Academy of Engineering [NAE], 2004). Our paper describes a multifaceted leadership learning program developed to achieve this goal by infusing reflective,…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Teaching Methods, Experiential Learning, Leadership Training
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Bolan, John; Bellamy, Patricia; Rolheiser, Carol; Szurmak, Joanna; Vine, Rita – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In 2010, the University of Toronto's Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) jointly launched Partnering for Academic Student Success (PASS), a partnership to foster new opportunities for collaboration between academic librarians and those involved in developing excellence in university…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Libraries, Academic Achievement, Cooperation
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Dukewich, Kristie R.; Vossen, Deborah P. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Writing-to-learn involves the use of low-stakes informal writing activities intended to help students reflect on concepts or ideas presented in a course. Writing-to-learn can be a flexible and effective tool to help students understand and engage with course concepts, and past research has shown that writing-to-learn activities can substantially…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Writing (Composition), Reflection, Journal Writing
Bentley, Danielle C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
This paper describes the inaugural success of implementing Inquiry Guided Learning Projects within a college-level human anatomy and physiology course. In this context, scientific inquiry was used as a means of developing skills required for critical thinking among students. The projects were loosely designed using the Information Search Process…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Curriculum Implementation
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Hilke, Michael – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
This essay discusses the effectiveness of a graduate course for physics students, with a course goal to write a publishable article on a modern research topic (graphene). I analyze the tools used to this end, which included Web 2.0 methods, in-class discussions and presentations, as well as extensive peer-review. In addition to producing a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Graduate Students, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Choi, Jean; Milburn, Rebecca; Reynolds, Brett; Marcoccia, Philip; Silva, Patrick Justin; Panag, Sikander – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
Given the increasing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in post-secondary environments (Roessingh & Douglas, 2012), educational practices such as availability of language support for mathematics should be assessed to ensure that all students' needs are met. To explore the effects of language on mathematics in ELLs, mathematical test…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Educational Policy, Mathematics Instruction, Form Classes (Languages)
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Brown, Majorie Angel – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
Beginning graduate students who are working in higher education can benefit from establishing a professional development plan designed to enhance leadership capacity. The challenge is to align personal goals with those of the graduate program, yet ensure that collegial socialization and professional competency development occurs. Professional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Leadership Training, Capacity Building
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Rolheiser, Carol; Evans, Mark; Gambhir, Mira; Broad, Kathy – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
Since 2002 the Initial Teacher Education Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, has run a series of professional learning partnership projects between university instructors and K-12 educators. The Inquiry Into Practice Series, based on a collaborative inquiry approach, has strengthened the commitment to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Partnerships in Education, Foreign Countries, College Faculty
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Eng, Edward; Febria, Catherine – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
Students seek unique experiences to obtain and enhance professional development skills and to prepare for future careers. Through the Let's Talk Science Partnership Program (LTSPP), a voluntary science outreach program at University of Toronto Scarborough, students are given the opportunity to continually improve on skills which include: the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outreach Programs, Skill Development, College Students
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Stone, David C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
In this paper I summarize some key findings from a three-year study of the high school-university transition for students attending a large arts and science faculty, within the context of their first university chemistry course. I then discuss these results within the broader context of research on success in higher education. Final conclusions…
Descriptors: High Schools, Transitional Programs, Chemistry, College Students
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Force, Kristin A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This essay will demonstrate that the teaching development graduate assistant (TDGA) program at the Centre for the Support of Teaching, York University, creates a chain of teaching support between the TDGA coordinator, TDGAs, teaching assistants, faculty, and undergraduate students within a heavily populated university. The importance of teaching…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, College Faculty, Undergraduate Students
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Moraru, Andreea; LeBoutillier, Janelle C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This study proposes an innovative instructional method for enhancing critical reading skills. Students enrolled in an undergraduate neuroscience course offered at the University of Toronto Scarborough reported that they often experience difficulty in analyzing and interpreting empirical and review journal articles. Our research focuses on student…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Critical Reading, Reading Skills, Neurosciences
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Harlow, Jason; Kushnir, Lena Paulo; Bank, Charly; Browning, Scott; Clarke, Jim; Cordon, Anne; Harrison, David; Ing, Karen; Kutas, Cecilia; Serbanescu, Ruxandra – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Classroom response systems (clickers) are used in many courses at the University of Toronto (U of T), primarily to introduce interactive pedagogy and to engage students in lecture courses. We examined the use of clickers in various courses at U of T and interviewed over 30 instructors about their use of clickers in classes with a total enrolment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Audience Response Systems, College Students, Educational Strategies
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Neumann, Melody; Bank, Charly; Browning, Scott; Clarke, Jim; Harlow, Jason; Harrison, David; Ing, Karen; Kushnir, Lena; Kutas, Cecilia; Pitre, John; Serbanescu, Ruxandra; Wall, Marty; Wilson, Ron – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2008
Faculty and students at the University of Toronto were surveyed and interviewed to form a case study of serial team teaching, in which multiple instructors take turns teaching a segment of the same course in sequence. Student opinions ranged from slightly opposed to slightly in favour of team teaching overall. When asked about specific aspects of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, College Faculty, College Instruction
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