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May

Vascular Invaders

Jodie Jenkinson, a Biomedical Communications professor at UTM, has a track record of success with the Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) over the years. In a past round of the Fund, Jenkinson had collaborated to secure an ITIF grant with one of her former students on a project that resulted in an animation currently used …

4
May

Visualizing Inside Computers

Computers are seemingly used by everyone and almost everywhere. And yet, while the digital divide is growing progressively smaller, and there seems to be a rise in computer literacy, it’s still largely undeniable that most people (even the most technological savvy individuals) do not understand what really goes on inside a computer.  Visualization, the process …

10
Feb

Learning Pain in a Painless Way: Judith Hunter’s Building Blocks for Success

Almost a decade ago in 2006, Judith Hunter, a professor of Physical Therapy at UofT, noticed a piece of curriculum missing – students learning about pain – and found a way to incorporate it into different courses. In a clinical faculty like Medicine that Hunter teaches in, it is “not life-like to teach in different …

2
Feb

Oral Pathology Education Project Save Time, Money and Leads to Better Outcomes

Whether it’s piloting a virtual aircraft on the X-Plane or allowing people with disabilities to experience the joy of walking again on the Oculus Rift, simulations have played a critical role in society. At its core, they afford us real-life experiences, often at significantly less expense, which is why their usage is extremely popular in …

2
Feb

For First-Year Dentists, A Virtual Toothscape

When U of T Dentistry Professor Dorothy McComb won an ITIF grant as she was planning to retire, she turned the reigns over to newly-arrived colleague Anuradha Prakki. The only instructions? “Make something interactive.” Naturally, Prakki’s thoughts turned to the dental anatomy class for first-year students, which she had just begun teaching. The course is …

3
Dec

The Physiology of Teaching: Chris Perumalla’s Decade of Simplifying Complex Topics

For almost a decade, the Faculty of Medicine physiologist Dr. Chris Perumalla, has been using his passion as an educator and his desire to innovate to bring new teaching technology projects to life, both in the classroom, and out. Acknowledged widely for his work with UofT students, Chris Perumalla was a recipient of a 2013 …

1
Dec

Evolving From Wikis: Clare Brett’s Work Keeps Pace with Educational Technology Change

From the idea of ‘cooperation without coordination’ arising from social sites such as GitHub to the events of the Arab Spring made possible by social media, today the concept of online collaboration seems to be commonplace if not overused. However, eight years ago, online collaboration was still in its infancy and considered be a novel …

12
Nov

Moving Microscopes Online

Microscopes are nothing if not a symbol of scientific progress. If someone is using a microscope, odds are they’re in the midst of some important work. And yet Mike Wiley, U of T anatomy professor, found that microscopes were a real hindrance for his first-year histology courses, which used them to study slides for organ …

12
Nov

Teaching with Video Games

The beginning of the millennium was a famous time for video gaming. Sony’s PS2 and Microsoft’s Xbox consoles signaled the final turn for gaming from rudimentary arcade stands to high-powered home machines. The most popular titles included classics like Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Madden NFL 2003, and Kingdom Hearts. But at the same time, …

12
Nov

Solving the Technological Learning Gap

If you’ve ever seen a mock-up drawing of what people in the past thought the future would look like—robot maids are usually involved—you know that technological advancement is hard to fully grasp. Sometimes, the best that real-world technology can offer is a bland placeholder (looking at you, vacuum cleaners) until further and more widespread innovation …

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