Education

University of Toronto’s Teaching & Learning Symposium

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Planning for change, responding to change
Author: 
Kathleen Olmstead

The 9th Annual Teaching & Learning Symposiumon November 3 is an opportunity to share experience, insight and research with colleagues on the changing roles and contexts of teaching at the University of Toronto, organizers say.

“The role that teaching plays in the quality of our students’ learning experiences at the University of Toronto has never been more critical,” says Carol Rolheiser, director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI).  

Improving special needs education in Canada and abroad

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OISE hosts Norwegian delegation
Author: 
Liz Do

Canada needs more large-scale research on special needs education, says Julia O’Sullivan, dean of the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

O'Sullivan made the comment during a meeting with delegates from Norway’s educational authority, Statped. The state agency is dedicated to helping Norwegian children, youth and adults with special educational needs participate actively in education, working life and society.

Prime Minister’s award for teaching excellence goes to PhD student

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Faculty of Music's Susan Raponi teaches elementary school students in Scarborough
Author: 
Peter Herriman with files from Kelly Rankin

Music education helps students to excel in all aspects of school life, says Susan Raponi, a doctoral candidate in music education at the University of Toronto and elementary school music teacher for grades 4-8 at George Peck Public School in Scarborough. 

“Music education has been proven in research to really support literacy and numeracy because it teaches a student to focus with others,” she says. “That development of attention really develops [students] in all areas of the curriculum.” 

Archaeology students dig opportunity to get their hands dirty

Sub-title: 
Island of Crete provides fruitful ground for research excursion
Author: 
Sean Bettam

The trenches of an archaeological site on the Mediterranean island of Crete are a long way from the classrooms of the University of Toronto. But for a lucky group of students, those trenches provided an opportunity to learn things in a way that no textbook or lecture could.

UTSC students using Toronto mayoral race as “election laboratory”

Author: 
Dominic Ali

It has all the ingredients of a political thriller or a slapstick comedy: controversial mayoral debates, aggressive attacks ads, last-minute candidate switcheroos. 

And for 20 lucky University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) undergraduates, the political mud-slinging and shenanigans of the city's 2014 municipal election campaign are also proving to be a fascinating learning experience.

What happens when non-western students attend western universities?

Sub-title: 
The globalization of higher education and its impact on students
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Universities are increasingly global institutions – with large numbers of foreign students, study abroad opportunities for domestic students and even branch campuses in other countries – but what effect does the globalization of higher education have on students? 

That’s what Grace Karram Stephenson, a PhD student at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), is trying to find out.

Linguistics students help create a website to share Ojibwe stories

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Initiative will help preserve an important First Nations language
Author: 
Kim Luke

A new website created with the help of a team of University of Toronto students in partnership with the M’Chigeeng First Nation, will share Ojibwe (Anishinaabemowin) stories and help preserve an important First Nations language.

Science Literacy Week at U of T: from the night sky to Jurassic Park

Author: 
Liz Do

When Jesse Hildebrand witnessed a seventh-grader visiting the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library to tour some of the most important scientific books ever produced, he knew he was on to something special with Science Literacy Week.

It was a familiar scene to Hildebrand. When he was little, all he had to do was express the slightest interest in a topic and his parents would take him to the library to find out more.

U of T ranks highest in Canada, 20th globally: Times Higher Education

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University of Toronto again named top Canadian university in new global rankings survey
Author: 
Liz Do

The University of Toronto was once again named the top university in Canada and one of the top 20 in the world – this time by the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, released October 1.

IBM's Watson comes to computer science department at the University of Toronto

Author: 
Kim Luke

A group of students in the department of computer science at the University of Toronto are getting what experts say is the opportunity of a lifetime.

The vast capabilities of IBM’s Watson, the cognitive computing technology widely known for winning the 2011 Jeopardy challenge, will be made available to students learning to develop innovative artificial intelligence (AI)-based applications.  

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