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Professor Susan McCahan

Message from the Vice-Provost

I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the summer weather before the start of the fall term. In this month’s newsletter we are highlighting opportunities to engage students in experiential learning and funding opportunities for your innovative teaching ideas. This is also the time of year to consider applying for a teaching award or grant. Innovation in education comes in many forms: expanding on an existing teaching method, engaging difficult to reach students, and finding ways to creatively support skill development in your field are just a few examples. Our teaching grants and awards support and recognize instructors who are committed to teaching and finding ways to improve student experience. I hope you will consider submitting an application!

Experiential Learning

Are you looking for resources and support to develop an experiential learning activity for the Fall?

The Experiential Learning (EL) Hub has resources to support the development of remote experiential learning opportunities, as well as a guidelines & procedures section where you can learn more about general liability insurance coverage, intellectual property, non-disclosure agreements, research ethics, and more.

Magnet Student Work Placement Program: Funding for Summer 2021

The Magnet Student Work Placement Program funding initiative provides wage subsidies of up to 75% per student placement (to a maximum of $7,500 per student) to employers that offer quality work-integrated learning placements to domestic students.
If your division or unit hired a domestic U of T student into a work-integrated learning position between May 7 and September 3, you might be eligible to receive this subsidy.

* Please note that we are working directly with Enrolment Services to coordinate funding for Summer 2021 Work Study positions. If you hired a Work Study position, no action is required on your part.

Teaching Awards & Grants

Learning & Education Advancement Fund Expressions of Interest

This is a reminder that Expressions of Interest for the Learning & Education Advancement Fund (LEAF) are due September 17, 2021.
LEAF supports pedagogical projects related to the VPIUE's four priorities: experiential learning, curriculum development, digital learning, and learning systems.
Learn more about the LEAF program and application process by clicking below.

2021 Instructional Technology Innovation Fund Open for Applications

ITIF has three funding streams that are intended to provide opportunities for technology-mediated teaching and learning projects that explore and implement promising practices at different stages of their development and implementation.
Attend a drop-in consultation session on Teams for support with your proposal:
  • Friday, Sept. 3, 11:00-11:30am
  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 11:00-11:30am
The deadline for applications is November 19, 2021 at 5:00pm.

2021 Global Classrooms - Call for Proposals is Open

Funding is available to support the development of Global Classrooms, which offer an accessible way to internationalize teaching and learning experiences by combining global and cross-cultural collaborations with technology. Applicants are encouraged to work with local campus teams in developing their proposal.
Register here to attend an information session to learn more:
  • Friday, Sept. 24, 12:00-1:00pm
Final application deadline (submission of up to three-page proposal): October 15, 2021.

Other Updates

Plagiarism Detection Tool

The University’s current contract with Turnitin ends in 2021, and an RFP was required for any new contract for a plagiarism detection tool (PDT). While that process is ongoing, a revision has been made to the syllabus language required with the use of the University's PDT.

For more information on plagiarism detection at U of T, including the updated text of the syllabus text (section 1.2 of the following link), please visit the PDT FAQ web resource.

Please note that whether the institution stays with Turnitin, or moves to a new solution, the Quercus interface used by students to submit their work will remain the same.