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Professor Susan McCahan

Message from the Vice-Provost

Happy July! In the VPIUE and VPAP offices, we are starting the new 2021/22 academic year with hope and enthusiasm, while also remaining cognizant of the uncertainty that we are all experiencing due to the pandemic. Although my offices are still occupied with thinking through academic continuity challenges and the return to in-person teaching and work, we are also moving ahead on a set of important, transformational projects that will shape the future of the academic experience at U of T.

We are highlighting a few of these in our newsletter this month, including the revival of the LEAF program, the development of a learning analytics strategy for the University, and microcredentials as a new area of focus, which is quickly becoming a major initiative both provincially and institutionally. We look forward to working with you on these initiatives. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Teaching Awards & Grants

Workshop: Assessment Strategies for a Meaningful LEAF Project

As part of our ongoing summer workshops to support applicants to the Learning & Education Advancement Fund, the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovation in Undergraduate Education will be hosting our third workshop on August 18th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM, titled Building an Effective LEAF Application: Assessment Strategies for a Meaningful Project. In this session, we will explore a variety of assessment tools and strategies for interested LEAF applicants. Use the link below to register.

Learning Analytics

Across 2020-21, the OVPIUE collaborated with tri-campus partners to develop a strategy for enhancing learning analytics activity at the University of Toronto. This work explored the intersection of data, human-centered design, and student learning at the University of Toronto, and peer institutions. The resulting strategy paper outlines opportunities for future institutional engagement in this area to support students and instructors at the university.

Microcredentials

If your division’s plans include microcredentials, the VPAP Office wants to help.

Microcredentials feature prominently in recent post-secondary conversations around lifelong learning, skill development, access, and alternative revenue sources. Definitions vary, but fundamentally: “A microcredential is a representation of learning, awarded for completion of a short program that is focused on a discrete set of competencies (i.e., skills, knowledge, attributes), and is sometimes related to other credentials.” (HEQCO).