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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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

For First-Year Dentists, A Virtual Toothscape

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

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 [...]

Teaching with Video Games

2019-10-29T15:31:42-04:00Categories: articles|Tags: , , , |

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, [...]

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