Author Archives: Will Heikoop

VLS Showcase

Are you interested in learning more about using open educational resources to increase engagement and interaction in your courses? In the Spring of 2021 we shared news of a Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS) funding program by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and … Continue reading

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IP Matters – New Resources for Students and Faculty

We are excited to share a set of open modules introducing critical elements of intellectual property (IP), developed by University of Toronto Entrepreneurship (UTE) with support from Digital Learning Innovation and the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. … Continue reading

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VLS Success Story – Demystifying Dossiers

In the Spring of 2021 we shared news of a Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS) funding program by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, to expand and enrich learning through development of online course content, modules and open textbooks. As … Continue reading

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Data Driven Design Quercus Analytics 2021-22

We are pleased to announce a new call for applications to the 2021-22 Data Driven Design: Quercus Analytics (D3:QA) cohort. The D3:QA initiative examines opportunities provided by the Quercus Analytics module and related services aimed at enhancing instruction and learning experience. This mandate will be … Continue reading

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Managing Mental Health MOOC

Responding to the need for managing anxiety globally due to COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Steve Joordens launched an open course on Coursera titled: “Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19” in March 2020. So far, more than 65,000 learners have … Continue reading

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Open Education Week – Checking in on OER grant projects

Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash Last year, the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) and Digital Learning Innovation (DLI) announced the creation of a grant program for the adaptation and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in University of Toronto … Continue reading

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Online Learning “By the Numbers” – DLI Infographic

Last year was another exciting period of growth in online and hybrid learning at UofT. Undergraduate and graduate fully online courses remained steady, with over 11,000 learners enrolled in at least one online course offering. Hybrid course design is a … Continue reading

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Spotlight: Quercus Analytic Data Meets Course Design

Successful applicants have been confirmed for a new Data-Driven Design: Quercus Analytics (D3:QA) initiative, funded by the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. This program, facilitated by ITS Digital Learning Innovation, extends course design programming to examine opportunities provided by the … Continue reading

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Engaging Students Through Teaching Presence In Online Courses

Communicating clearly with students is important in any teaching and learning scenario, but it is a unique skill to apply masterfully in a fully online course. Since students will not be seeing the instructor live, face-to-face, it’s important to establish … Continue reading

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Say Hello To UofT’s Open Education Fellows

The University of Toronto continues to promote Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open UToronto is our initiative that promotes the discovery, use, creation and sharing of open content, resources and courses. We have produced dozens of Massive Open Online Courses … Continue reading

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