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Using Twine for Classroom Engagement

2020-01-21T09:56:35-05:00Categories: articles|Tags: , , |

What is Twine? Twine is a free web-based tool for creating interactive story simulations. The stories are designed in a non-linear format, meaning they don’t have a structured outline of how the stories progress. The tool mainly uses text-based narratives and it branches off throughout the story based on the user’s decisions. Twine uses standard [...]

Reviving Yiddish: Harnessing Multimedia to Transform Language Acquisition

2019-10-29T14:06:09-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: , , , |

  Prof. Anna Shternshis, Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish studies and the Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. The divide between research and teaching is foreign to Anna Shternshis, the Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies and the Director of [...]

Balanced Artistry: the Personal Balance Toolkit 

2019-10-29T14:05:58-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: , , , |

Jessica Lee (left) and Pei-Chen Chen (right), Graduate students in Piano, play a Rachmaninoff piece after warm-up exercises on the PBT. Photo Credit: E. Zatzman With the physicality of performance, musicians can be vulnerable to pain or musculoskeletal disorders. An increased awareness of balance and posture can certainly help mitigate this problem, [...]

ACTion Interview: Dr. Elaine Khoo

2019-10-29T14:04:38-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: |

DIGITAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES DESIGNED TO MEET STUDENTS HALFWAY Dr. Elaine Khoo At the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus (UTSC), Dr. Elaine Khoo is working toward improving university-level literacy skills for students with diverse academic and linguistic backgrounds. As coordinator of the English Language Development Centre (EDLC) and a researcher and teacher [...]

TEACHING REMOTELY TO SERVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES

2019-10-29T14:04:50-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: |

Physician Assistants are in-demand professionals in Canada. In rural and remote communities in particular, they play an integral role in doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals. Yet, the two-year university education required to become a PA was, until recently, only available in major cities and few newly qualified practitioners wanted to return to their hometowns to [...]

Usability Assessment: an Unconventional Approach to the Use of Lecture Capture Software

2019-10-29T14:05:05-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: , , |

Usability Assessment: an Unconventional Approach to the Use of Lecture Capture Software In Dr. Colin Furness’ Usability Assessment Workshop at the Faculty of Information, first year Master of Information students are taught how to observe and analyze the way in which users navigate through online resources. However, the unconventional use of an online teaching [...]

The Anatomy Glove Learning System: From the UofT to Around the World

2019-10-29T14:06:23-04:00Categories: articles|

Professors Pat McKee and Anne Agur are veteran educators in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. While their passion is for teaching, creating a start-up company called Anatomy Softwear International Inc. turned them into entrepreneurs. Their invention, the Anatomy Glove Learning System, is now used in over 30 educational programs in over a dozen [...]

DeckChair Lets Students Cruise Through Learning

2017-09-29T10:45:47-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: |

Dr. Jeff Graham teaches psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, the place where one can see DeckChair, Graham’s online learning program, in action. It’s a tool he sees changing the landscape of education. The original program was developed in 2002, as a simple tool for running surveys and experiments with first-year psychology students. It [...]

How the ITIF Helped Maureen Barry

2017-09-29T10:55:30-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

Maureen Barry was used to teaching a small undergrad nursing class at U of T. A group of 30 or so students would gather around, and she'd hold up a syringe, or demonstrate in front of a mannequin, or whatever they were doing that day. It's how things were always done—until her accelerated program got [...]

Sim Lab: Pioneering Technology in Nursing Education

2019-10-29T15:30:10-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: , |

Professor Maureen Barry may be a nurse-educator first and foremost, but she is also one the University of Toronto’s, and Canada’s, foremost educational technology pioneers. She is a big fan of hands-on learning, and her simulation program is the premiere example of that approach. Professor Barry began her career in Nursing as an undergraduate student at [...]

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