Author Archives: Will Heikoop

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

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

Open Education Week – Checking in on OER grant projects

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

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

Online Learning “By the Numbers” – OLS 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

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

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 Online Learning Strategies, extends course design programming to examine opportunities provided by the … Continue reading

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

Open Education Week 2019 at UofT

To celebrate Open Education Week 2019 the University of Toronto Libraries and Online Learning Strategies will host two separate events. In the first you will hear a range of perspectives on the opportunities and challenges in creating or adapting new open … Continue reading

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

New eProctoring Solutions Coming to UofT

For programs offering online courses, access to tools and services that ensure academic integrity for students who are at a distance is a priority. Several divisions at UofT have successfully used video-based online proctoring of exams for a number of … Continue reading

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

On the Horizon: Virtual or Augmented Reality and Pedagogical Innovation

Imagine students discovering concepts through exploration and honing skills through an immersive simulation experience.   At the end of October faculty and staff gathered at the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation to attend a full capacity event to share and explore … Continue reading

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment

Sharing Our Experience in Open Textbook Publishing

Last month OLS co-presented a talk on the experiences of University of Toronto and Ryerson University faculty members who authored Open Textbooks in the previous academic year at the 15th annual Open Education conference held in Niagara Falls, NY. The … Continue reading

Posted in Online Learning | Leave a comment