Online Learning Academy for Instructors

In response to our rapidly changing environment, the Faculty created the Online Learning Academy (OLA) to share expertise in providing outstanding online learning opportunities for students.

The OLA helps all faculty and instructors deliver digitally-enabled and online teaching that enhances student learning and the student experience. Within the OLA community, you can share your knowledge with fellow instructors — and draw on their expertise when you need it.

The Academy is led by Don Boyes, an award-winning professor from the Department of Geography & Planning who is passionate about the role of technology in teaching and how it can be leveraged to transform the learning experience for students. The OLA is supported by knowledgeable staff with expertise in pedagogy, educational technology, and online teaching, and guided by the OLA Advisory Committee, a group of faculty members with demonstrated excellence in digital teaching and learning.

Through virtual drop-in sessions, workshops and web resources, the Academy team provides consultations and discussions of online and digital teaching methods. They share technical advice, best practices, and resources for creating a seamless online or hybrid learning experience for all Arts & Science students. The OLA Community of Practice is a sounding board for everyone who teaches to discuss real-life scenarios on the use of various methods, tools, and resources.

Access the Online Learning Academy for Instructors 

UTORid is required. Contact onlinelearningacademy@utoronto.ca if you have any issues accessing the Academy.

Drop-In Sessions: Teaching & Technology Clinics

Join us for drop-in clinics every Tuesday from 12 to 1 pm on Teams. Members of the Teaching & Learning (T&L) and Teaching Technology Support (TTS) teams will be available to answer your questions about teaching in A&S, from considerations about course and assignment design to effectively using Quercus and integrating educational technologies.

Join via Teams

To learn more about available teaching and learning supports, visit A&S Digital Teaching & Learning.

Teaching in Arts & Science: Course Wrap-Up and Course Start-Up Workshops

  • Course Wrap-Up for Fall 2022: Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 11 am–12 pm EST on Teams 
  • Course Start-Up for Winter 2023: Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1–3 pm EST on Zoom

Instructors teaching in the Faculty of Arts & Science are invited to join the Teaching & Learning (T&L) and Teaching Technology Support (TTS) teams for two workshops:

The course wrap-up workshop (December 13, 11 am–12 pm) will explore end-of-semester strategies, policies, and procedures. A drop-in session for instructors to discuss individual questions and needs is scheduled from 12–1 pm immediately following the workshop.   

The course start-up workshop (December 15, 1–3 pm) will offer considerations for structuring an effective course, choosing appropriate educational technology tools, and integrating important A&S policies related to teaching and learning. 

Register Online: Course Wrap-Up and Course Start-Up Workshops

Teaching in Arts & Science: Winter Workshop Series

Promoting and Maintaining Academic Integrity

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 2–3:30 pm EST on Zoom

Join members of the Student Academic Integrity (SAI), Teaching & Learning (T&L), and Teaching Technology Support (TTS) teams for an online workshop about promoting and maintaining academic integrity in courses and assignments, as well as academic integrity policies in Arts & Science.

Register Online: Promoting and Maintaining Academic Integrity

Designing and Moderating Quizzes and Tests

Thursday, January 19, 2023, 2–3 pm EST on Zoom

Join members of the Teaching & Learning (T&L) and Teaching Technology Support (TTS) teams for an online workshop about designing and moderating quizzes and tests in person and online, as well as related policies in Arts & Science.

Register Online: Designing and Moderating Quizzes and Tests

Fostering Engagement and Building Community

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 11 am–12 pm EST on Zoom

Join members of the Teaching & Learning (T&L) and Teaching Technology Support (TTS) teams for an online workshop about fostering student engagement and building a learning community in person and online.

Register Online: Fostering Engagement and Building Community

Feedback and Grading Strategies

Thursday, February 9, 2023, 11 am–12 pm EST on Zoom

Join members of the Teaching & Learning (T&L) and Teaching Technology Support (TTS) teams for an online workshop about effective feedback and grading strategies, as well as related policies in Arts & Science.

Register Online: Feedback and Grading Strategies