TLC Newsletter, 10th Edition, September 2020
Teaching & Learning Collaboration at UTM over snow-covered tree
Publications & Presentations
Spotlight on Teaching
News & Features

Ready, Set, Teach Day

The second annual Ready, Set, Teach Day happened on September 8th showcasing innovative techniques for remote pedagogy, inclusive uses of instructional technology, strategies for community building, and discussions of well-being for students and instructors. The morning session consisted of faculty lightning talks that ranged from addressing land acknowledgments in courses to how to use tools like OneNote, Padlet, and TeamUp! Thanks to Nicole Laliberte, John Currie, Andie Burazin, Monika Havelka, Marie-Paule Lory, Enid Selkirk, Sheila Batacharya, Laura Taylor, Nythalah Baker, Elizabeth Parke, Nicole Charles, Steven Dorland, Fiona Rawle, Andrea Carter, and Sanja Hinic-Frlog for their insightful talks.
Participants also had the opportunity to work with a vocal coach in the afternoon and reflect on how voices are used in an online environment. The remainder of the afternoon featured a Coping with Stress Workshop facilitated by the Canadian Mental Health Association, and an opportunity to work in breakout groups focused on specific aspects of teaching remotely. Thanks to Simone Laughton, Angie Cappiello, Kenneth Berry, and Matt O’Reilly for their support and great tips for remote teaching and learning.

If you attended Ready, Set, Teach Day we would love to hear from you!
Please complete this survey about Ready, Set, Teach Day to help us determine the programming for next year.


Teaching & Learning Grants

Events at UTM

Teaching and Learning Collaboration Events:

Mid-Term Instructor Check-In
October 13th from 10am-11am

Indigenous Panel and Student Workshop
October 14th
Student Panel: 1pm-2pm
Workshop: 2pm-4pm

Multimodality: Pedagogy and Technology
October 19th from 3pm-4pm

Compassion Fatigue Workshop
October 27th and 29th from 1pm-4pm

TDI (Teaching Development & Innovation) Grant Winner Showcase
October 28th from 12pm-1pm

Organizational Strategies for Learning
November 3rd from 11am-12pm

Creating Accessible Documents and Inclusive Course Design
November 12th from 11am-12pm

Round-Table Discussion: Racially-Inclusive Pedagogy
November 18th from 1pm-2pm

Other Events

Reminder to Register for the Pedagogical Reading Groups

Have you registered for a pedagogical reading group? If not please register here.

Colleague Connections
The current COVID-19 situation has changed the way we communicate, interact, and exchange ideas about teaching and learning. That said, the TLC is constantly brainstorming creative strategies for fellow staff and course instructors to connect and engage with ideas on education. The Colleague Connections section of the TLC website lists your colleagues and the topics they are interested in.

Click here to register for Colleague Connections - we are always looking for more contributors to expand or community of teaching and learning.

Publications & Presentations


Al Labadi, Luai and Sean Barry. (2020). Bayesian Estimation of Extropy and Goodness of Fit TestsJournal of Applied Statistics, DOI: 10.1080/02664763.2020.1812545

Al Labadi, Luai, Vishakh Patel, Kasra Vakiloroavaie, and Clement Wan. (2020). Kullback-Leibler divergence for Bayesian nonparametric checking. Journal of Korean Statistical Society, arXiv: 1906.00669


Maria Hupfeld Receives the Vera List Center Borderlands Fellowship

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics (VLC) at the New School proudly announces the appointment of Maria Hupfeld (Assistant Professor of Indigenous Digital Arts and Performance, UTM) as a Borderlands fellow for 2020-2022. The Borderlands fellowship, which continues the VLC’s tradition of providing a culturally rich environment for artists to thoughtfully engage in work that considers the political and historical impact of contemporary art, is awarded to an artist living outside the U.S. with special consideration to those who have faced political hardship. The Borderlands fellowships will focus on the relevance of place, thus seeking to support and apply an Indigenous lens to reflect on questions of borderlands. Maria's project, Breaking Protocol, will embody theory on the politics of refusal and Indigenous feminist scholarship on ethical collaboration to address the notion of borderlands. Using performance art and museum display strategies, this project will visualize Native Kinship as the decolonial heart of art-making in North America. See this website for more information

TDI (Teaching Development & Innovation) Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our TDI Grant Recipients

Mairi Cowan and Tyler Evans-Tokaryk, “Measuring the Effectiveness of Feedback in a First-Year History Course”

Madeleine Mant, “Let’s Talk About Health”

Karen Woodall, “Mental Health and Resilience Education for Forensic Science Students”

Tingting Zhu, “Use of interactive storytelling trailers to motivate and engage students in an online learning environment”

Spotlight on Teaching

Dr. Andie Burazin
First-Year Math and Stats in Canada Summer Online Teaching Events

Yes, COVID-19 has put a dent into everyone’s life on so many levels. In these times, I believe that it is important, more than ever, for educators to come together to collaboratively navigate through the turbulent waters of effective online teaching, especially when there are no other options available. Many university instructors are novices to online teaching, and most never dreamt, in a million years, that online teaching would be a thing – their thing.

Read the article here.

A New Approach to Academic Writing Instruction at UTM
ISP100H: Writing for University and Beyond

Despite all the changes and uncertainties caused by COVID-19, we have a teaching and learning success story to share. The University of Toronto Mississauga has launched a new course called ISP100: Writing for University and Beyond, taught by a team of faculty members recently hired and appointed to the new Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy (ISUP). For a very long time now, UTM has been committed as an institution to discussing and developing innovative means to support student writing, of which the Writing Development Initiative (WDI) is just one example. The most recent chapter of that discussion began with the release of UTM’s Academic Plan in the fall of 2017, which recommended, among other things, an enhanced focus on “developing communication skills from foundational to advanced levels.”

Read the article here.

Tingting Zhu
Interactive Storytelling Lecture

Dr. Tingting Zhu has made unique use of audio-visual tools to promote student engagement online. Most notably, her teaching of GGR337 - Environmental Remote Sensing - includes audio-visual "storytelling" to create a unique and almost cinematic feel to her classes.

Find her class videos here.

News & Features

Mairi Cowan
Teach my Research: Food, Colonization, and Religion in New France

Teach My Research is a new occasional series at Borealia to connect research and teaching, putting the latest scholarship on early Canadian history–Indigenous, French, British, or early national, to about 1900–into classrooms. Mairi Cowan, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Historical Studies, wrote a post for Borealia that highlights packages that she co-created to introduce students and teachers to evidence for the history of food, colonization, and religion in 17th century Quebec.

Read Mairi Cowan's Borealia post and research here.
Newsletter header photo by César Mejía.
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