Education

Students helping students: UTSC undergrads mentor elementary and high school students in the community

Author: 
Don Campbell

It was an evening to reflect on the tremendous growth and continued success of a unique mentorship program created at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

“UTSC is committed to making education accessible and the IMANI program is integral to that commitment,” said UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd. “Higher education can open up a whole new world of opportunities and with it anything is possible.”

Animation, interactive quizzes, exercises, videos and more: online learning at U of T

Author: 
Cynthia Macdonald

An initiative of the Ontario government is helping U of T instructors use technology to deliver their course content in ever more innovative ways.

Thanks to the Ontario Shared Online Course Fund, seven undergraduate courses were offered in the fall of 2014. For the fall of 2015, another 10 projects are being developed: two new, fully online courses and eight new sets of course modules. 

Transforming the undergrad experience: meet Susan McCahan

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“We have moved very dramatically into a new era," says vice-provost, innovations in undergraduate education
Author: 
Cynthia Macdonald

As an award-winning professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, Susan McCahan can certainly tell you how machines work. But there’s one she will probably never get tired of studying: the human brain.

McCahan has never been interested in merely teaching engineering, but in finding new ways to deliver its ideas to students. In McCahan's first-year course, Engineering Strategies and Practice, students don’t just sit in seats taking notes: they go out in the field, working on design projects with real clients.

U of T medical residents help Ontario coroner's office

Author: 
Suniya Kukaswadia

Conducting, observing and assisting autopsies, visiting crime scenes and observing court testimony – those are just a few of the challenges faced by University of Toronto medical residents this year.

It's the first time it's been done anywhere in Canada, organizers say.

Brazilian students bring dance, joy and culture to Toronto

Sub-title: 
More Science Without Borders students come to U of T than anywhere else in the world
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Twice a week music drifts out of the University of Toronto’s Cumberland House as Brazilian students dance in snug embrace with Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Canadian students, everyone stepping, turning and spinning to the Forró beat.

New program to focus on applying medical research

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Master's program to launch in fall 2015
Author: 
Jim Oldfield

The University of Toronto will launch a new program this fall that trains students to put scientific discoveries and medical advances into practice.

Human trafficking course arouses strong passions in undergrad students

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It's the only course of its kind in Canada, says Antonela Arhin
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Michelle Chung and Alizee Zapparoli-Manzoni-Bodson are trying to speak at the same time, both eager to explain their group projects for Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Human Trafficking, Migration and Human Rights).

Classmates Mariajose Lopez and Krystal Thomson lean in, waiting to talk about their own projects. Antonela Arhin, who teaches the course, interrupts with a comment about the nature of the group work.

Encouraging high school students of Indigenous and African ancestry to see themselves here

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Meet LaToya Dennie, outreach administrator at the Faculty of Medicine
Author: 
Liam Mitchell

Applications to the Faculty of Medicine's outreach program for youth of Indigenous and African ancestry have almost doubled under Outreach Coordinator La Toya Dennie – and the number of students has jumped to 60 participants from 40 just a few years ago.

“I am really inspired by the work,” Dennie said. “I think it’s important that the University of Toronto look like the city it’s a part of and I love the chance to help make that happen.”

New ranking places U of T first in Canada, 16th in world

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Times Higher Education rates the reputations of universities among scholars around the world
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The University of Toronto remains number one in Canada and jumps to 16th in the world in a prestigious ranking of universities with the best academic reputations released March 11.

The fifth annual Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings rates a university’s stature by asking leading academics around the globe. The results are based on an invitation-only survey that polled about 10,500 senior and published scholars from 142 countries.

Better parenting through technology?

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Using digital devices to encourage reading with kids, meditation and more
Author: 
Blake Eligh

We use technology to run everything from our home thermostats to our social lives, but can it also make us better parents? A pair of new studies examines that very question, and preliminary findings are encouraging.

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