Higher Goals for Higher Learning: 7th Annual University of Toronto Teaching & Learning Symposium, 5 November 2012

PDAD&C #20, 2012-13

To:   PDAD&C
From:  Carol Rolheiser,
Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Date:      October 23, 2012 
Re:   Higher Goals for Higher Learning
7th Annual University of Toronto Teaching & Learning Symposium, 5 November 2012

The 7th annual University-wide Symposium on Teaching and Learning will be held Monday, November 5th 2012 at Hart House. We ask that you encourage faculty, administrators and staff from your unit to attend this full-day event. (See registration information below.)
In recent years, many Canadian and US institutions have emphasized curricular and co-curricular initiatives that aim to enhance student learning and overall engagement while meeting individual, institutional and societal goals for higher education. The aim of this year's Teaching and Learning Symposium is to explore how we reconcile and realize these goals within our context.

Through concurrent sessions, posters, roundtable discussions led by University of Toronto instructors, librarians and staff, we will explore these questions and issues. The Symposium is an opportunity to share experiences, research and expertise among colleagues, and to highlight the work and teaching success stories at U of T. It is also a chance to hear from the 2012 President's Teaching Award winners (Karen Reid, Computer Science; Ivan Silver, Psychiatry; and, Jim Wallace, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) in conversation with Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students. In "Welcome to My Class" sessions, participants will have a chance to see first-hand the pedagogical style and approaches of these instructors.

Richard Wiggers, Executive Director, Research and Programs, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), will deliver the keynote address, The Shifting Nature of Teaching and Learning in Today's University.

This tri-campus event is intended to stimulate discussion and the sharing of practical, successful experiences around teaching and learning, aiming to enhance communications and build internal networks. It is a cross-divisional forum that allows faculty and staff to explore and share new instructional methods, and to celebrate our commitment to teaching and learning.


Questions about the Symposium can be directed to: Thuy Huynh, Programs Coordinator, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation at thuy.huynh@utoronto.ca or 416-946-3325.