EdTech Conferences

ACT is very honoured and pleased to host the latest edition of Clayton R. Wright’s massive list of educational technology and related conferences – UPDATED MAY 2014.
One piece of advice – try not to print the whole thing to paper – it’s 93 pages long! If you want your own copy, we suggest printing to PDF or some other digital file capture.

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Get Project Help

Hiring students to help with your teaching technology project is a great idea – they get experience, they get paid, and you get the close-at-hand help you need!

If you are faculty or staff member here at UofT, then you should know that the Work-Study Program provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience through paid work on campus. In addition, on-campus employers benefit from central funding, which offsets a significant portion of the salary expenses (i.e. 80% within the parameters of the program). Students are no longer required to be OSAP eligible to participate in the Work Study program, so a much larger pool of potential student hires are now able.

The deadline to submit a job proposal for jobs starting in September is July 4, 2014

Please visit http://cln.utoronto.ca/staff-faculty/overview/wspublic.htm for all the details


Staff News: Bethany Babinchak

It is with mixed feelings that I write to tell you that our colleague Bethany Babinchak is moving to a new position at the University, starting on Monday. Obviously, I wish Bethany well in her new role with Ancillary Services, but I will miss her here in ACT.

I have grown to appreciate Bethany’s commitment to organizational processes, and I have learned a great deal from working with her. She has many accomplishments while here, from managing the yearly ITIF process to conducting an extensive forensic analysis of our webservices projects.

I first met Bethany while she was still a student (studying architecture) and I was at the Faculty of Medicine. Bethany was hired to organize a massive collection of films and videos that was saved from the garbage heap. Through her singular efforts, she managed to ensure that some extremely valuable material was not lost to oblivion, including the last
interview/documentary of Charles Best before his death. Her work ethic and dedication were not lost on me, and I was happy to have her as part of the ACT team once she was done with school.

In more recently times, Bethany has been studying accounting, and I know her new position will afford her opportunities for professional development in that direction.

Please join me in thanking her for her years of service and in wishing her best of luck with her new job.

ITIF 2014

PDAD&C #73, 2013-14

To:    Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs
From:    Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Date:    June 5, 2014
Re:    Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) 2014

I am pleased to announce that funding is available for a new round of the Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF), a seed fund that promotes innovative initiatives that have an immediate and direct impact on the University’s academic programs.

The ITIF is funded by the Provost and administered by Academic & Collaborative Technologies, a partnership between the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and Information Technology Services (ITS).

This year’s ITIF theme is Large Classes. The theme addresses one aspect of U of T’s ‘Big-and-Small’ strategy, focusing on innovative projects that use technology to support outstanding educational experiences for the largest number of students. E.g., projects could use technology to:

  • increase student-instructor or student-student interactions;
  • promote an outstanding classroom experience;
  • create or present course content in ways that support an outstanding learning experience;
  • facilitate the coordination of the teaching team.

As in previous years, proposals need not be specifically tied to the theme; however, projects that do so will be adjudicated accordingly.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Two Funding Streams
(The evaluation criteria remain the same for both streams):

  1. Traditional Stream (same as previous years): awards of up to $15,000, matching funds required.
  2. Small Scale Seed Funding Stream (NEW): awards of up to $2,000, no matching funds required.

For full details, including more information on the matching funds requirement, please visit http://www.itif.utoronto.ca

Original Memo: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/public/pdadc/2013_to_2014/73.htm