Currently Funded Projects

Projects funded in the 2020 round of the ITIF

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Recipients of ITIF Awards. As in previous years, we have a variety of different project ideas from around the University:

A Quality Improvement Community of Practice for Health Profession Learners Using PeppeR

Certina Ho, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

PeppeR (, a web-based collaborative workspace from OISE where learners can engage in knowledge building, social networking, and in-depth inquiry, will be used to create a virtual community of practice for Year 3 Pharmacy students to learn core Quality Improvement (QI) practices.

Developing Tools to Support the Use of Virtual Simulation

Heather Thomson, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

To expand the role of virtual simulation in Nurse Practitioner programs, this project will develop and evaluate an electronic guide and decision-making tool to support faculty in developing/selecting and implementing future virtual simulation learning activities.

OSCE Demonstration Videos to Support Nurse Practitioner Student Success

Sandra Merklinger, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) demonstration videos will be created, one per body system. These videos will support NP students in their pathophysiology assignments, OSCE preparation and will be a continuing resource during practicum placements.

Sugar Scramble: A Game-Based Approach to Learning Glucose Metabolism

Derek Ng, Department of Biology, University of Toronto, Mississauga

Sugar Scramble will be a 2D educational computer game aimed at helping undergraduate life science students develop a conceptual understanding of the dynamic interplay between the metabolic pathways of glucose metabolism.

Augmenting remote instruction of observational movement analysis skills with webbased eye tracking

Kara Patterson, Department of Physical Therapy, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

This project will develop a remote training program using web-based eye tracking technology to provide quantitative feedback and improve Observational Movement Analysis (OMA) performance.

iSchool Digital Archives Lab

Karen Suurtamm, Faculty of Information

This project will create an integrated virtual lab for digital records and archival collections for use in class activities and assignments so that students can work with digital records tools to connect archival theory with practice.

Anti-Oppressive, Occupational Therapy Teaching Modules on Therapeutic Use of Self and Professional Reasoning Using Videos as Training Tools

Jane Davis, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy,
Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Virtual learning modules will be created to support anti-oppressive, occupational therapy training within these virtual modules. These modules will enable teaching students how to practice as anti-oppressive practitioners.

Competence development for HP learners via CQ™

Susan Glover Takahashi, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

A multi-platform game that builds resilience and wellness in managing the risks and supports to personal and professional competence in health professionals.

PTGames – Physical Therapy Gaming Application for Motivating and Engaging Students

Jamie Coleman, Department of Physical Therapy, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

This project will develop a computer-based simulation to teach Physical Therapy students the skills of supplemental oxygen administration and titration and the application of electrophysical agents.

Quizzical 5.0 – facilitating broad-base use across disciplines

Naomi-Levy-Strumpf, Human Biology Program, Faculty of Arts & Science

This project will make it possible to add images and tables to tables to Quizzical to enhance its effectiveness as an online tool and facilitate its application across disciplines. This will make it applicable to a greater variety of courses, make it more suited to large (>1000 students) classes, and to higher level courses.

A system to provide more direct view on student learning with respect to course/program outcomes

Philip Asare, Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice and Division of Engineering Science

This project is to develop software that augments the LMS specific to Learning Objectives. It will develop (including finding and integrating) a system that allows instructors to provide information to students on their performance specifically on learning outcomes, and provide actionable information to students and to institutional stakeholders who support them in their development.

Development of online placement test for Korean language courses

Yujeng Choi, Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science

This project involves the development of a computerized adaptive placement testing, to evaluate the level of language proficiency for placement of students in Korean language courses or to waive foreign language requirements.