Purpose and Potential of MOOCs at the University of Toronto

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: Blackburn Room (CTSI- 4th Floor Robarts Library)

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have emerged as a potential game-changer in the field of online learning, presenting us with unique forums for exploration of innovative new teaching techniques and technologies. The MOOCapolooza offers an opportunity to catch up on the latest! Find out how MOOCs can act as ‘sandboxes’ for pedagogical innovation, provide new insights into research on teaching and learning, and serve as effective outreach tools. We’ll have plenty of time for discussion, and will round out the afternoon with insights shared by Susan McCahan, Vice Provost, Innovation in Undergraduate Education. Plus live music, performed by special guests!


  • Jim Slotta and Stian Haaklev – EdX MOOC –  INQ101x – Teaching with Technology and Inquiry
  • Hedieh Najafi, Carol Rolheiser and Laurie Harrison – Research: University of Toronto Instructors’ Experiences with Developing MOOCs
  • Steve Joordens – Coursera MOOC: Introduction to Psychology; Alumni Outreach
  • Jim Wallace – Research: Teaching and Advance Engineering MOOC: Lessons Learned
  • Wendy Newman,  Research: Case study of LA101x: Library Advocacy Unshushed


  • Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

See full details and registration on the CTSI web site:

Co-hosted by
Online Learning Strategies 
and the
Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation