Education

Helping Botswana doctors build surgical capacity

Sub-title: 
"Our results are now equal to, and in some areas, even better than those of our North American partners”
Author: 
Vitaly Kazakov

When Georges Azzie first arrived in Gaborone, Botswana, he was the only paediatric surgeon in that country. Not anymore.

Over the last decade, the University of Toronto associate professor has been spending three months a year in Gaborone performing surgeries and working with colleagues to address Botswana’s surgical care and education needs.

Translating written English to Chinese is focus of new minor at UTSC

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Chinese is now the third most commonly used language in Canada
Author: 
Chris Garbutt

Starting in September, a new minor at  the University of Toronto Scarborough's Centre for French and Linguistics will teach students how to translate written English to Chinese.

“The need for professional English and Chinese translation is growing rapidly,” says Helen Wu, senior lecturer in Linguistics at UTSC. “The ability to translate between English and Chinese has become a valuable asset in our global economy.”

Engaged students, higher marks on finals: benefits of the inverted classroom

Sub-title: 
Computer Science students tackle homework in class
Author: 
Jessica Lewis

What's an inverted classroom? Just ask students in some University of Toronto computer science courses.

The teaching method flips traditional notions of classwork and homework so that students learn some of the course material through videos and readings at home and do what used to be homework in class with the help of their professor.

Rude a #1 Billboard hit for MAGIC! man Mark Pellizzer

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Alumnus talks about performing on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, playing with Usher
Author: 
Tyler Greenleaf

For Faculty of Music graduate and MAGIC! guitarist Mark Pellizzer there are no tricks to writing a Billboard #1 hit single – just hard work, an ear for a musical hook, and persistence.

Global conference on teaching chemical science

Author: 
Blake Eligh

More than 450 educators from around the globe are gathering at the University of Toronto for a week-long conference dedicated to improving education in the chemical sciences.

The bi-annual International Conference on Chemistry Education, returns to Canada for the first time since 1989. This year, it focuses on communications, particularly on ways educators can forge global links in the chemistry teaching and learning communities, and how technological advances in communications can be used to establish innovative learning partnerships.

Sex on Stage: How one public health professional is turning sex education upside down

Author: 
Nicole Bodnar

While some are horrified by the overtly sexual movies and TV shows consumed by today’s youth, a PhD candidate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health has a slightly different stance.

Changing the way kids and teachers think about science

Sub-title: 
In the Philippines, Pueblo Science leads the way
Author: 
Scott McAuley

Thanks to the work of social entrepreneur and University of Toronto alumna Mayrose Salvador, hands-on science activities could soon become a regular feature of the Philippine school curriculum.

Incoming UTSC students get head start on university life

Author: 
Elaine Smith

When incoming University of Toronto Scarborough students arrive for Orientation Week in August, more than two-thirds of them will already feel at home on campus after participating in the Get Started academic orientation program.

Get Started is an initiative designed by the Academic Advising & Career Centre to smooth the academic transition from high school to university. For 19 days this June, July and August, groups of students are taking part in this day-long program that acquaints them with the university experience.

What is a book?

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Understanding and transforming the content and structure of books
Author: 
Kathleen O’Brien

Faculty of Information instructor Greta Golick wanted her students to think about what form books take, how the content is presented, and create something new, using text and/or an image to remake the book.

The result is a stunning collection of book-inspired art created by 45 Faculty of Information (iSchool) students, in the display cases in the north atrium of Robarts Library (130 St. George Street, second floor, adjacent to the iSchool entrance).

Global Internship Conference asks: where next?

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U of T hosts internship conference exploring the future of internships, co-op and experiential education
Author: 
Liz Do

“What is driving us to expand internships and service learning?”

That’s what the Globe and Mail’s James Bradshaw asked 350 delegates gathered at the University of Toronto earlier this month. They were there to learn more about internships and experiential education at the 2014 Global Internship Conference (GIC).

The four-day conference held at Hart House was dedicated to advancing the knowledge of academic work placements for students.

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