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6
Jul

COIL

Heather MacNeill is a doctor, but she’s also a teacher. And her classes are using an innovative way to help solve some of the toughest diseases doctors every need to face. MacNeill, a professor of Physiatry in the Department of Medicine at U of T, currently helms the Collaborative Online Interprofessional Learning (COIL) Program at …

6
Jul

A Smarter Proficiency Test

In Canada, placing French language students in university programs is a bit more complicated than other countries. With such a wide variety of French speakers, finding the right level for each one becomes more important, and more difficult. French Professor Jeffrey Steele wanted to design a placement test for incoming French students at U of …

8
Jun

Gaming in an Alternative Reality: Ballon’s vision of making Mental Health Known

Back in 2006, Dr. Bruce Ballon, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UofT, was the mastermind behind creating the Multiple Interacting Reality Alternative Generated Environment, MIRAGE for short, as a way for people to experience how perception affects behaviour through role playing. The game came out of the SAGE (Situation and Gaming …

4
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 …

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