Welcome to the Centre for Teaching and Learning
Teaching Events for Instructors
Educational Technology Events
Fall 2014 Course Evaluations are coming soon....
TA/Grad Student Events and Support
More about GPS, including how UTSC offerings count toward credit in the program
Individual writing and editing advice for graduate students by appointment or email
• "Foundation Skills for Scientists - An Evolving Program" - Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2010.
• "Inclusive Teaching: Perspectives of Students with Disbilities" - Nancy Johnston and Tina Doyle, Open Words: Access and English Studies, Spring 2011.
TA / Grad Student Resources
The Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto Scarborough is dedicated to helping teaching assistants and grad students develop their teaching skills and professionalism.
If you are a grad student or TA in a UTSC course (whether teaching a lab, tutorial, or marking assignments) you are welcome to take advantage of any of our services.
NEWS AND EVENTS - FALL 2012
• Register now for these Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP) workshops, offered on the UTSC campus. Sessions count towards the TATP Certificate Program!
• Graduate Student and TA Fall Workshops - Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation, St. George Campus
Teaching Assistants Training Program - including information on Departmental Training and Paid Training
Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students - This guide is free for U of T users, but you must register to access it.
One-on-one help with writing: contact Dr. Sheryl Stevenson
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / CAREER RESOURCES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The TATP offers two (2) certificates for University of Toronto graduate students. The Teaching Fundamentals (TF) certificate takes 1 year to complete and involves participating in 6 workshops. The Advanced University Teaching Preparation Certificate (AUTP) is more involved. It requires attending 10 workshops, completing one of our practicum components and submitting a teaching dossier and written reflection. The AUTP must be completed within a two-year period
TA Services doesn’t give out TAships. Your department coordinates hiring of TAs each year. Candidates need a resume to demonstrate suitability for a posted position: student experience in discipline or specific courses teaching or related experience, and references.
To find out about job postings and deadlines, contact your department’s adminstrative assistant.
Yes. This program is offered in collaboration with the TA Training Program (TATP) at the St. George campus. TAs may complete this program at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. You may also combine workshops from both campuses.
Microteaching workshops are offered on both the UTSC and St. George campuses, and will be announced as part of our workshop series.
A microteaching session is a controlled, focused practice teaching session. A group of TAs and an instructor get together in a classroom. Each TA presents a short (5-7 minutes) lesson on a topic he or she has taught or will be teaching, and the lesson may be videotaped. After each lesson, the instructor and other TAs offer constructive feedback.
Microteaching allows TAs to practice their teaching in a low-risk situation and to receive immediate feedback on their teaching from a single mentor and from colleagues. It also promotes reflection on teaching for everyone involved. TA Services organizes microteaching sessions.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning has several recent publications on diversity and accessibility issues in teaching. These publications are available online. We are also available to discuss any issue with TAs and can redirect questions to support services on campus.
For more information about TA Services or the TATP program at The University of Toronto Scarborough, please contact Sandy Romain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTSC’s Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering numerous student workshops over the Reading Week (Oct 14 – 17). Please check the information below! All students are welcome.
ELDC Reading Week Open House
The English Language Development Centre (AC310) will be opening its doors on Tuesday, October 14th, between 11am -3pm. Drop in for a tea or coffee and get to know our language specialists. Explore which of our programs might be suitable for you, ask a grammar question, take an Academic English Health Check diagnostic, or work with an instructor to create a personalized plan to help you reach your goals.
If you are struggling with your Academic English, it’s not too late to achieve success. Come in and speak to one of our instructors - we are here to help!
14 October 2014, between 11:00AM – 3:00PM. Location: AC310
Math & Statistics Midterm Review Sessions
The Math & Stats Learning Centre is offering review sessions to help prepare for you midterms, as well as drop-in hours!
PSYB07 Data Analysis in Psychology: 14 October 2014, 10:00AM – 12:00PM. Location: IC 220
STAB52 An Introduction to Probability: 14 October 2014, 3:00PM – 5:00PM. Location: IC 230
STAB22 Introduction to Statistics: 15 October 2014, 11:00AM – 1:00PM. Location: IC 220
Statistics Drop-in hours (Location: AC312): Tuesday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM, 4:00PM – 6:00PM, Wednesday: 11:00AM – 2:00PM, Thursday: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Math Drop-in hours (Location: AC312): Tuesday: 11:00AM – 4:00PM, Wednesday: 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Thursday: 12:00PM – 4:00PM, Friday: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
De-Stress: Writing Strategies to Reduce Test Anxiety and Writer's Block
Test taking is difficult, but it does not have to be stressful. Discover some methods to help you relax before your next big exam and maybe even score higher!
15 October 2014, 12:00PM – 1:00PM. Location: AC221
Tales from the Crypt: Advice on developing your own style for studying (no zombies!)
In this session Dr. Hasenkampf (Biology) will consider the early struggles she had in transitioning to University and how she finally established her own plan for learning within her courses. After her presentation (~ 30 minutes) she will facilitate a question and answer and brainstorming session.
15 October 2014, 2:00PM – 3:00PM. Location: SW128
Presentation Skills team programming
We’ll be offering the following sessions on academic communication:
Using MS Excel to create charts and generate meaning from your data: 16 October 2014, 11:00AM – 12:30PM. Location: AC221
The Basics of Presenting: What you need to know: 16 October 2014, 2:00PM – 3:30PM. Location: AC221
More CTL Support:
Writing Centre - This free service provides support for teaching and learning through writing for all University of Toronto Scarborough students.
English Language Development - Sign up for the Communication Cafe and many other programs, and enhance your communication skills.
Math and Statistics Learning Centre - Free seminars, workshops, virtual tutoring, individual appointments, and small-group consultations can improve students' proficiency in mathematics and statistics.
Service Learning and Outreach - Through service learning, students enhance their knowledge and concepts gained in the classroom.
Research Skills Instruction - Research skills instruction provides students with individual research assistance in person, by phone, by email, and by chat.
Facilitated Study Groups - In these weekly study groups for selected UTSC courses, students compare notes, discuss important concepts, and develop study strategies.
Summer Learning Institutes - Once you're accepted to the University of Toronto Scarborough, these programs can help you make the transition from High School to University.
AIM (Academic Integrity Matters) to Meet University Expectations - October 17th - Register on the Intranet
Assignment Calculator - getting help with planning the different stages of your academic work
N. Johnston, B.A. (Trent), M.A. and Ph.D. (York), Senior Lecturer
E. Khoo, B.Sc (U of Malaysia), M.A. (U.of Reading), Ph.D. (U of South Queensland), Senior Lecturer
K. Persaud, B.Sc. (Toronto), B.Ed. (U. of Western Ontario), Ph.D. (McMaster), Senior Lecturer
Z. Shahbazi, B.Sc. (Sharif University of Technology), M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Toronto), Senior Lecturer
H-L. Meacock, B.A. (Trent), M.A. (York), Lecturer