What is a Classroom? May 22 and 23, 2024


Over 300 registrants joined TLS2024 Day 1, engaging with important and sometimes difficult topics, sharing their experiences and research, and considering the who, what, where, when and how of defining a classroom.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to gather for our in-person Day 2. It was a tremendous disappointment and we truly appreciate everyone’s hard work in preparing for the event and their session. We are working to reschedule these sessions throughout the upcoming year and are looking forward to continuing the conversation with all of you.

Many people contributed to the development, review and delivery of TLS2024. Please take a moment to visit our acknowledgment page to see the people involved in TLS2024’s success.

Alison Gibbs, Professor, Teaching Stream, Statistical Sciences and Director, CTSI

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. 


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.