2023 University of Toronto Teaching & Learning Symposium

Taking Action: Building Belonging at U of T

May 3-4, 2023

Call for Proposals is open

If you have any questions, please contact tls@utoronto.ca.

The 2023 Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held over two days, Wednesday May 3 and Thursday May 4, 2023. The majority of the concurrent sessions will be held on Day One (May 3) as online synchronous events and Day Two (May 4) will feature an opportunity for our community to connect in-person. The detailed structure and format of each day will be determined once the event venue is confirmed. Priority will continue to be given to the safety and health of our participants following the University of Toronto’s recommended guidelines.

About the Teaching & Learning Symposium

The annual Teaching & Learning Symposium is the premier teaching showcase for the University of Toronto. It is also a signature event for the Offices of the President and Vice-President & Provost, and by extension, CTSI. Participating in the Symposium is an excellent way to learn more about the concerns and interests of U of T faculty and is a key window into innovative teaching practices and teaching inquiry across all three campuses. Hosting a concurrent session is a great professional development opportunity and allows you to connect with members of our community in a deeper way. 

SESSION TYPES

60-minute session

These synchronous sessions give further opportunity for reflection on issues or innovations, with a focus on facing challenges and problem solving. These sessions should be considered dialogical or an opportunity to engage participants in collective ideation about what we can do to improve equity and access in teaching and learning.

60-minute session

Interactive Workshops are synchronous sessions that include a live presentation with audience interaction/activities as well as a time for discussion/Q&A.

30 minutes each

These online synchronous sessions focus on sharing a completed teaching and learning-focused inquiry project, providing an overview of the design, methods and findings. We recommend a 20-minute presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

15 minutes each

Teaching Strategies (LTTS): these talks focus on sharing effective teaching strategies, including the purpose, intended outcomes, possible demonstration of the strategy and examples. Discussion should address how others can apply the strategies in their own teaching contexts.

Nifty Assessments (LTNA): these talks focus on the sharing of a ‘nifty assessment’, giving details of the development and administration of the assessment, intended student outcomes, strengths and challenges of the assessment, and discussion regarding how the assessment might be used in other disciplinary contexts or delivery modes.

In the spirit of learning, openness, and community, we invite participants to suggest a different or new mode of delivery not listed above. This might include formats such as storytelling, learning circles, design thinking activities or other processes that might support people in navigating and unpacking the complexities of the topics and challenges we hope to work on.