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 [...]

Teaching a Course of 25,000 Students: Charmaine Williams’ Experiment with MOOCs

2021-11-30T16:23:30-05:00Categories: articles|Tags: , |

  Imagine taking a university course with close to 25,000 students from all across the world, with enrolment stretching from Brazil to Switzerland and all the way back to Canada. For those of us who thought first year courses in Convocation Hall were large, Professor Charmaine Williams has taught a class twenty times the size [...]

Flipping the Classroom and Making It Relevant

2019-10-08T15:54:02-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: , , , |

The infinite refrain of the unwilling math student is "when am I ever going to need to know this?" And no matter how dismissive it may be, if you're teaching a college math course, it's a useful question to answer. In pursuit of that answer, U of T statistical sciences professor Alison Gibbs helped introduce [...]

Introducing Students to Digital Humanities

2017-10-02T17:06:40-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: |

It’s difficult to imagine a world without digital technologies. After all, in this digital age almost everything whether in a small or large capacity incorporates some form of technology. This is highly evident in academia where non-technical fields such as history are attempting to integrate technology into academic scholarship. The new undergraduate third-year history course [...]


2019-10-29T14:09:38-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: |

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 [...]

A Smarter Proficiency Test

2019-10-29T14:11:05-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

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

2019-10-29T14:08:44-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: |

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 [...]

Vascular Invaders

2017-09-29T10:56:41-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: |

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 [...]

Visualizing Inside Computers

2017-09-29T10:56:50-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: |

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 [...]

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