Previous Projects

In 2011, ITIF was renamed from Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund (ITCDF).  On this page you will find previous recipients of the Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund (ITCDF) and ITIF Recipients  archive.


ITIF Recipients 2019

Projects funded in the 2019 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:

Mobile application to group people in large TEAL classrooms

Chris Bouwmeester, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

The normal experience of having students assemble into groups in active learning classrooms is that groups of students get distracted from the task at hand as they are either sitting with their friends or they have become comfortable with the group they have acclimatized to. One way to minimize these distractions is to have each individual responsible for some component of a group effort and rely on the others to complete theirs. It has been hypothesized that this is easier to accomplish when individuals are assigned to a group of people they don’t know. The proposed mobile application will automatically direct learners entering a large active learning classroom to a prescribed table within the room.

Best practices for teaching clinical professionals using remote video technology

Deirdre Dawson and Heather Colquhoun, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

The expansion of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy to two campuses requires the use of video technology. With full support from Graduate Life Sciences Education, this project aims to support faculty to optimize e-learning and student engagement, and develop a Guidebook for use by others within and beyond the University.

3D Gutenberg

Paolo Granata, Sheril Hook, Book and Media Studies

By connecting traditional letterpress printing and 3D printing, this project aims to integrate old and new technologies to create a hybrid experiential learning opportunity that will aid undergraduate students to experiment and develop the effective use of 3D printing technologies in order to revitalize the study of print culture.

Exploring YouTube as a scalable educational platform for niche and sub-specialized medical and graduate disciplines

Phedias Diamandis, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

This project centers on the development of “NeuroscIQ” which provides quality and accessible content on many neuroscience concepts. Videos include core subject lectures, reviews of interesting journal articles, research presentations and expert interviews, directed towards University of Toronto learners and collaborators.

Creating E-Learning Modules to Enhance Advanced Competencies in Mental Health Social Work Practice

Eunjung Lee, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW)

Advanced Social Work Practice in Mental Health is one of the required courses for Master of Social Work (MSW) students specializing in the field of study Mental Health and Health. This project will incorporate both online modules and simulations into the course to enhance students’ mental health competence during their master’s program and beyond.

Clinical Faculty E-Learning and Development Program

Mary Ann Fegan, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

The goal of this project is to enhance the preparation and development of clinical nursing faculty, who directly facilitate undergraduate nursing student learning in clinical settings, by using a blended learning approach. This project includes the creation of two self-directed, interactive, media-rich e-learning modules.

Using Virtual reality (VR) Simulation to Help Students Manage High Stakes Exam Anxiety

Aleksandra Bjelajac Mejia, Lachmi Singh, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

This project aims to use Virtual Reality simulation to help students at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy manage test anxiety when taking the high stakes Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), a requirement to become a licensed pharmacist, by familiarizing students with the exam processes.

Comparative Judgement Classroom Response System

Susan McCahan, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

The project entails building a Comparative Judgement (CJ) classroom response system. Building on existing classroom response systems, student responses will be randomly paired up and sent back to students after they have submitted their own answer. Students would then be asked to identify which response in each pair of answers is better. This creates an “up-voting” result that would allow the instructor to select better answers to discuss further.

Facilitation for Online Sanskrit Character Entry

Elizabeth Mills, Department for the Study of Religion

Sanskrit character input has been a stubborn problem for the last 4 years. Solving it will be a significant enhancement for online undergraduate Introductory Sanskrit courses. This project entails identifying educational technology support to develop a method that will facilitate student input of Sanskrit characters within synchronous learning environments.

Video exploring a public health case study from multiple perspectives

Erica Di Ruggiero, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Collaboration in public health improves results, but even within public health the various disciplines can be siloed. This project will create a video that will discuss a single case study from different public health perspectives. This will help public health graduate students increase their knowledge and skills in understanding a public health problem from an interdisciplinary lens.

Minor Ailment Prescribing Training: An Opportunity for Virtual Interactive Case System Innovation and Enhancement

Certina Ho, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

This project proposes to expand the use of Virtual Interactive Cases by creating community-based cases for minor ailment prescribing training for pharmacy students.

Using a Novel Simulation-Based Training Intervention to Improve the Clinical Management of Cannabis Intoxication among Adolescents in an Interprofessional Clinical Environment

Jana Lok, Sarah Ibrahim, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

This project proposes to design hybrid simulations to enhance health professions learners’ knowledge and skills related to the complex clinical management of cannabis intoxication among adolescents and young adults. This is in collaboration with health professional trainees (from the Faculty of Nursing and Medicine) and healthcare providers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, SickKids, and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

Online collaborative annotations ( to enhance student critical thinking and group-work

William Ju, Human Biology Program

This project proposes to build student community and critical thinking skills through the use of an online annotation system ( to evaluate primary scientific literature in biology.

Interprofessional Education Game – What Do Your Colleagues Do Anyway?

Sylvia Langlois, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

This computer-based Interprofessional Education game was piloted with first year learners from Medicine, Occupational Therapy, and Kinesiology. Other health profession programs have now expressed a desire to join this activity. With this funding, new profession-specific questions can be added and the design enhanced to facilitate relevant interprofessional learning.

ITIF Recipients 2018

Projects funded in the 2018 round of the ITIF:

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Recipients of ITIF Awards. As in previous years, we have a variety of different  project ideas from around the University:

Podcast on Quality Improvement and Leadership

Certina Ho, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Podcasts have grown rapidly as a platform for providing engaging and entertaining educational content to learners and professionals. The Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (LDFP) Podcast series will serve as a tool to supplement and complement traditional lecture-based learning on Quality Improvement and Leadership. 

Using Virtual Reality to Promote Empathy and Learning in Nursing Students

Heather Thomson, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

 This project involves the development of virtual reality videos supplemented by patient interviews. The aim is to help nursing students understand the patient’s experience while receiving care. The ability to understand the patient’s experience is linked to improved performance and patient outcomes. (Hojat et al., 2007; Kelm et al., 2014).

Re-imagining Remediation in Nursing Undergraduate Education: Using Serious Gaming and Virtual Patients to Promote the Development of Clinical Reasoning Skills

Jordana McMurray, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

This project is intended to enhance remediation programming for nursing undergraduate students. Interactive game-based modules including embedded video clips of virtual patients will be created. These games will provide students an opportunity to practice clinical reasoning skills through prioritizing assessments, identifying goals for patient care and selecting appropriate interventions.

‘Learning whenever and wherever’: Mobile app-based online peer-assisted learning and immersive 360-degree videos to enhance experiential education.

Frank Fan, Maria Zhang, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Online peer-assisted learning can vastly enrich experiential education of health care professional trainees. Rather than learning from one preceptor, or at one site, pharmacy students will be able to connect with over 200 of their peers working in over 100 sites across Canada, using a combination of innovative and emerging technologies. These platforms will enhance timely student feedback, and build clinicians sensitive to diverse social determinants of health.

Enhancing geoscience education and outreach experience with Raspberry Shake

Semechah K. Y. Lui, Chemical and Physical Sciences

Seismic signals contain a wealth of information about activities inside the Earth as well as the environment around us. This pilot project will build a real-time seismic monitoring system at UTM, which will be an important ingredient for Earth Science program curriculum design, community outreach and undergraduate student research.

Tactile Response Experimental Analysis Toolkit (TREAT)

Sohee Kang, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Students learning statistics are more motivated and learn better if the data they are analyzing is relevant and real. We propose to develop a mobile application to facilitate simple timing and response experiments, that will also provide real world data for analysis by statistics students. 

Machine Learning Assisted Concept Mapping in courses

William Ju, Human Biology

A machine learning platform will be used to support students in a 3rd year undergraduate biology (HMB322) course. This is relevant as the pre-requisites are diverse and students do not have the same level of background knowledge nor experience. Machine learning will help students create their own concepts maps. These maps can be shared with peers and rapidly identify background topics that are unclear for students. This will improve both the student experience & provide real-time curriculum data

Livestreaming: Artistic and professional explorations of a digital media challenge

Antje Budde, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

This new course explores both critical discourses but also practices of live stream performance, internet theatre documentation and job interview situations. The target audience are senior undergraduate students and MA students graduating soon and will be faced with particular challenges.

Helping Instructors Generate and Enhance Explanations in Online Quizzes by Crowdsourcing from Students

Joseph Williams, Computer Science

This project involves the creation of an app that plugs into Quercus which augments online quiz problems by continually improving explanations for right and wrong answers. Our app prompts students to write explanations (crowdsourcing), having instructors review (and write their own) explanations, and using machine learning to identify highly rated explanations.

Education in International Perspective: Piloting Courses for Enhanced Accessibility and Internationalization

Karen Mundy, OISE – Leadership Adult and Higher Education

OISE’s new academic plan calls for deepened efforts in internationalization and online learning. This project supports an experimental redesign of two existing core courses in OISE’s Comparative and International Development Education Collaborative Specializing. It will also support the design of a third course (to be determined) in Year 2 of the project.

Exploring Problem-based Learning Methods for Understanding VR in Communication, Culture, and Digital Media Studies.

Michael Nixon, The Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT)

This project is about investigating best practices in training ICCIT students to understand VR experiences and to code VR apps.

ITIF Recipients 2017


Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
Department of Surgery (with BMC @ UTM) Judi Laprade Kinundrum: a problem-based multimedia learning

Kinundrum, now in development, is a multimedia tool that presents anatomy case studies and interactive exercises accompanied by virtual 3D models, animations, and illustrations. Supplementary to Elementary Human Anatomy, a core course for BKin students, Kinundrum will enhance knowledge retention, foster deeper understanding, and develop critical thinking skills.

Physical and Environmental Sciences (UTSC)

Shadi Dalili

Using 3-D Visualization Technology for Enhanced Student Learning

To aid in 3D visualization of molecules and their chemical transformations, we have designed and developed a 3D augmented reality (AR) tool, called ARchemy. ARchemy will help students understand chemical interactions by using tactile AR markers to simulate molecular bonds in a 3D digital environment. For example, students are able to use their phone/tablet camera with this app to visualize 2D molecules drawn on paper, in 3D.

Molecular Genetics

Johanna Carroll

Development and Evaluation of a Genomic Methodologies Course featuring Gamified Laboratory Simulations

Laboratory techniques in genomic medicine are advancing rapidly, requiring expensive infrastructure, and posing challenges to teaching in traditional settings. The project involves the development of a Genomic Methodologies course featuring the use of virtual lab simulations to teach advanced laboratory techniques, and testing whether a simulated environment can address the observed pedagogical obstacles.

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Kathy Vu

Discovery learning: An evaluation of case-based learning pathways

Students within the PharmD for Pharmacists Program are experienced pharmacists with expertise in providing patient care. They should benefit from discovery learning principles applied in curriculum development. The purpose of this project is to increase knowledge acquisition and enhance self-directed learning, through the use of case-based learning pathways.

Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences

Ronald Soong

Maker Revolution Meets Accessibility Needs: Making Laboratory Assistive Devices (LAD) through simple robotics and sensors for students with disabilities

This project involves enhancing the experiential learning capacity of students with disabilities in an undergraduate chemistry lab through laboratory assistive devices (LAD) via 1) automating the most meticulous procedure with precision and accuracy 2) incorporating sensory replacement features to existing laboratory equipment, allowing for the possibility of laboratory independence for students with disabilities.

Faculty of Music

Sebastiano Bisciglia

Reimagining Undergraduate Instrumental Instruction with Live Video Playback and Recording

Live video playback and video recording—by encouraging multi-modal, self-reflection in students—are important tools in experiential learning. The project involves; designing a single instrumental-instructional classroom equipped with video technologies, assessing the technologies’ impact on student learning, and appraisal of the value of equipping all instrumental-instructional classrooms similarly throughout the Faculty of Music.

University of St. Michael’s College

Silvia Vong

Blending Training: An exploration of student training online and in-person

This project explores the value of the blended learning approach in training students in work positions within the Library. The purpose is to evaluate the training methods: online learning tools and in-person training. The project will measure the impact of both methods on their training and work.

L.S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Jana Lok

Using Interprofessional, Student-Directed Simulation to Enhance Critical Thinking and Collaboration in Emergency Situations in Community Health Settings

Students from the Faculties of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Medicine (Physician Assistant Program) will be mentored to develop a student-led and facilitated interprofessional simulation and eLearning module pertaining to the emergency management of a patient in a community health setting. This project will enhance critical thinking, interprofessional collaboration and awareness of women’s heart health.

Centre for Teaching and Learning, UTSC

Elaine Khoo

Development of needed functionalities of VEA2 to enhance English Language Learners (ELL)s’ learning experience and faculty ability to be assess learning more fairly

Having established VEA’s usefulness in helping ELLs understand course readings, expand their vocabulary and self-train in Academic English usage, we seek to develop further functionalities for students and faculty use. This application seeks to build dashboards and learning analytics for students and faculty use, and build structure needed for self-e-assessment.

Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Jim Hewitt

Extending Pepper to Support to Large Undergraduate Courses

Pepper is an online discussion board platform developed at OISE-UT. Need support to i) complete the final stages of integrating Pepper into the Academic Toolbox, and ii) modify the software to better meet the needs of large undergraduate classes.

Biological Science (UTSC)

Dan Riggs

Quizzical 4.0

Quizzical is an on-line multiple choice question authoring and learning assessment tool that has been developed with prior ITIF funding. The LTI compliant software is currently used by multiple courses across the UofT campuses. Funding is requested to improve image selection and output pages and to solve minor problems to enhance user experience.

Dept. of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Susan McCahan

Interactive Visual Rubric Tool

The proposed tool will reformulate tabular rubrics into interactive displays to make assessment easier and more effective for different groups of users: instructors and students. The goal is to improve the impact of formative feedback by integrating and visualizing feedback information thus improving communication between the instructor and student.

Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Manjit Dhanoa-Yasi

Clinical Faculty E-Development Program

The goal of this project is to enhance the preparation and development of clinical nursing faculty, who directly facilitate small groups of undergraduate nursing student learning in clinical settings, by moving to a hybrid delivery model that includes the creation of three self-directed, interactive, media rich e-learning modules.

Public Health Sciences

Paula Braitstein

Technology-mediated learning for planetary health sustainability

This project involves developing a multi-media, bi-national, graduate-level course to provide Masters and PhD students from public health disciplines with the knowledge and skills necessary to meaningfully respond to the public and population health priorities of planetary health, including climate/environmental changes and sustainable human development.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Matthew Mackay

Unified Engineering Communications Instructional Toolkit: Improving Student Engineers’ Written Communication Skills through Highly Integrated Custom Diagnostic and Instructional Software and Online Learning Modules.

Engineering curriculum integrates communication instruction into core courses. While effective, this restricts the number of learning outcomes addressed and pedagogical approaches. We propose using Digital Reusable Learning Objects (DRLOs) that meet engineering-specific disciplinary requirements. A pilot project will develop and assess a DRLO combining innovative software and engineering-appropriate learning modules.

Office of the Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Tom Coyle

Developing a Self-Sustaining Active Learning Community of Practice

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE)’s new Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) features several technology enhanced active learning (TEAL) classrooms, designed to promote learning through activities and collaboration. To promote effective teaching in this new environment, we seek to support our instructors by expanding FASE’s TEAL Fellowship.

Faculty of Information

Colin Furness

Flipping the classroom with video lectures

This project will produce videos introducing selected foundational topics in the 1st year Information Systems, Services & Design” grad course. These videos will range in length from 15-45 minutes, to partially flip the classroom. These videos will include interviews with domain experts, and will facilitate self-paced learning which is urgently needed for this 260-student technology “leveling” course required across 2 faculties and astonishingly diverse backgrounds.

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (OISE)

Mary Drinkwater

CTAP – Connecting Technology and Pedagogy

The goal of the CTAP project is to pilot, assess and refine a set of principles and strategies (Drinkwater, 2017) to support the development of accessible, collaborative and engaging online or blended graduate-level learning environments, including pilot testing an online virtual teaching and learning tool, Zoom for Education.

ITIF Recipients 2016


Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (OISE) Sherida Ryan Collaborative Online Design for Adult Education

In this project, the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education will be converting several courses to a hybrid model by first developing a standard framework and then building out the necessary resources. 

University of Toronto Libraries (Downtown and UTSC)

Heather Buchansky and Sarah Fedko

Undergraduate Information Literacy Modules

 In this project, Librarians will be working with instructors on the development of online information literacy modules  for Arts and Science undergraduate courses, including pilots in Art History and Social Psychology.

 Dentistry (Downtown)

Laura Dempster

Enhancing Dental Students’ Communication Skills Using an Integrated Online Formative Assessment Module

This project will incorporate student video review and benchmark videos in an online interactive formative assessment module to enhance student-directed learning and self-assessment of communication skills in clinical patient scenarios.

Chemical and Physical Sciences (UTM)

Lindsay Schoenbohn

Virtual field trips: enhancing student 3-D visualization and access to geological field sites

The project team will be generating a digital map of a site on Manitoulin Island. The immediate impact of this project will be to bring the field into the classroom, especially for students who may not enrol in the field camp courses because of economic constraints or physical disabilities. The project will also support the teaching of 3-D visualization in upper year courses. The long-term impact of this project will be capacity building for the use of 3-D visualization across the department.

Pharmacy (Downtown)

Certina Ho

A Multimedia Resource for Health Professional Students on Providing Safe and Quality Patient Care

The unsafe use of medications can place patients’ health at risk and great financial burden on the health care system. More medication safety education components need to be integrated into our current health professional curriculum. This multimedia medication safety resource will be available for students’ self-directed learning.

Philosophy (Downtown)

Alex Koo

Online Course Materials for Modern Symbolic Logic Courses

MSL is a technical course which attracts a large number of students from mathematics and computer science. As such, the background knowledge of students ranges dramatically. This project will create online video lectures and resources based on student feedback. 

ITIF Recipients 2015

Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
Nursing Jana Lok Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation

This project will enhance student learning and assessment through the development of a student-directed, technology-enabled, interactive module pertaining to arterial blood gas (ABG) interpretation. The focus of the module will be on powerful assessment: evaluating students‰Ûª understanding and ability to interpret ABGs using a case-based, interactive approach. The module will be embedded within specific skills-based courses in the Undergraduate Nursing, Nurse Practitioner and the Physician Assistant Program. In addition to its assessment purpose, students will also be able to access and review the material throughout their programs.

Pharmacy Miranda So, Leslie Dan

Virtual Interactive Cases for Enhancing Formative Feedback over Routine Tools in Pharmacy Students (VIC-EFFORTS)

We are applying to ITIF to fund the creation of a catalogue of Pharmacy cases using the Virtual Interactive Cases software, adapted to learners of different capabilities. Our goals are to improve development and assessment of Pharmacy Students‰Ûª clinical reasoning skills within the undergraduate curriculum, and during their experiential training.


Nutritional Sciences

Debbie Gurfinkel

Nutritional Sciences: The Researchers & Research Video Series Project

The development of 12 short videos, intended for viewing by medical students and university undergraduates. The videos will feature faculty members of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, responding to the following question: What would you like future health care providers and policy makers to know about your nutrition research?

Astronomy and Astrophysics Michael Reid

Adaptive Formative Assessments for Large Classes

We will produce an adaptive online formative assessment tool for use in large courses. The tool will use Item Response Theory (IRT) and a database of questions categorized by learning goal to create assessments, which adapt in real time to a student’s ability level and areas of greatest confusion.

Earth Sciences Charly Bank

A toolkit to boost active learning of geophysics

A toolkit tailored to course learning outcomes will enable students to visualize, model, process, and analyze geophysical data. It will expand active learning in a lecture-based course (JGA305, jointly offered by ANT and ESS), include real-time data analysis in the companion field course (ESS450), and incorporate hands-on geophysics exercises in an archaeology lab course (ARH312).

Computer and Mathematical Sciences Sohee Kang

Integrated Quizlet for Collaboration (IQC)

This project would create an online Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) system, for use in weekly tutorial assessment. The Integrated Quizlet for Collaboration (IQC) would work on any Internet connected device, and would provide improved retention of course materials, and increased student engagement. IQC could be used in a wide variety of courses at the university.

Biological Sciences Dan Riggs

Quizzical 3.0

Quizzical is an on-line, multiple-choice question writing and learning assessment tool. This proposal focuses on enabling full implementation of learning tools interoperability (LTI) code to increase its flexibility, adding optional features to permit an instructor to customize course offerings, and improving image selection and output screens to enhance student user experience.

Mathematical and Computational Sciences Andrew Petersen

Encouraging and Assessing Engagement with Digital Achievements

Digital achievements are an effective tool to motivate engagement, assess and promote effective learning behaviours, and provide instantaneous feedback in online environments [1,4]. Furthermore, achievements can be awarded automatically, saving TA hours. This project will develop and evaluate an achievement system built to work with tools already in use at UofT.

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Elaine Khoo

Vocabulary Expansion Accelerator (VEA) Essentials

Given the many graduates/undergraduates needing Academic English support, VEA empowers students of diverse Academic English proficiencies to directly address their needs in vocabulary, syntax and familiarity with academic writing in their disciplines. VEA functionalities will enhance quality of learning engagement based on multidisciplinary leading edge research on language learning/acquisition.

Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences Edward Margolin

Virtual Interactive Cases for Assessment of Competency in Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning in Ophthalmology Residents

There has been a recent emphasis on the assessment of competence in medical education, but few tools are available to meet this need. This project will use the Virtual Interactive Case (VIC) system to develop online cases to assess competence in clinical diagnostic reasoning for residents in Ophthalmology.

ITIF Recipients 2013 to 2014

Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
Nursing Erica Cambly A Re-Useable Content Assistant on How to Administer Substances by Injection Module for Nursing, Pharmacy and Physician

This project will enhance large classroom learning through the development of a student-directed, re-useable, interactive content module pertaining to the administration of substances by injection. The module will be housed within specific skills-based courses in Nursing, Pharmacy and the Physician Assistant Program, and made available to students throughout their programs.

Human Biology Bill Ju Training Modules for Online Educators: Creating Next Generation Teaching Assistants

Tutorials are an integral part of large courses used to personalize learning experiences for undergraduate students. As increasing numbers of courses are delivered online, we propose a fundamental change in the approach to tutorial delivery across Arts & Science. Our model plans to exploit the increasing use and availability of online technologies by implementing re-usable deliverables and seminars to help train virtual educators (i.e. teaching assistants) to engage students in collaborative online environments in order to provide outstanding learning experiences.


St. Michael’s College Library

Silvia Vong Learning From Each Other: Peer Learning Through Multi-touch Digital Exhibits

Students work together to create a multi-touch digital exhibit with the aim of educating their peers from the Book and Media Studies program and the SMC community on the Rare Book Collection. In the process, students will develop stronger research skills and learn how to develop an educational digital exhibit.

Physiology Michelle French Creating a Small Class Experience in Convocation Hall

Our goal is to promote engagement in two large physiology courses. Interactive activities will be developed for use during lectures with a software program. LectureTools allows professors to view/display student answers and annotated diagrams. Students can also ask questions via their own electronic devices enabling immediate clarification.

Language Studies Ruhui Ni Integrating Interactive Online Applications for Teaching and Learning in Chinese Studies

This project is a first step towards the development of a rich media portal for Chinese studies. Initially, this will be developed in a first year Chinese course to build capacity to ultimately support Chinese instructors and students across 5 courses at 3 different levels with the longer-term goal of providing hybrid

Language Studies Arsalan Kahnemuyipour How-To in Linguistics

We wish to develop a series of How-To instructional videos intended to help students better understand the most difficult fundamental concepts in introductory linguistics, topics that would benefit from a clear, concise explanation, illustration, and example. These videos would be high-quality reusable objects intended to support excellence in student learning.

UTM Gillespie Centre Andrew Petersen Pedagogical Support for Active Learning Classrooms

Implementing a course within the environment of an Active Learning Classroom (ALC) requires a full course redesign with a focus on outcomes and activities that align with the space. This project will identify key supports for faculty teaching in ALCs and will produce material to support the transition to an ALC environment

Drama Antje Budde Mobile Digital Technology Lab

Our project aims to provide digital tool kits for undergraduate and graduate education, and support digital literacy research related to contemporary drama, theatre and performance within a participatory and community-based framework. The Mobile Digital Technology Labs will aim to better serve the needs of current “digital native” students and better attract incoming students.

Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Anya Tafliovich TAid — A TA Aid Application

We propose to develop TAid — a mobile application to aid University of Toronto teaching assistants and to facilitate coordination between teaching assistants and course instructors. The application has great potential to save valuable teaching resources in a large teaching team.

Impact Centre Emanuel Istrate Integrating Twitter with a Discussion Board for large class personal interactions

We will combine Twitter with Blackboard discussion tools for IMC200, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to allow small-group discussions in a large class of up to 500. The course is a high priority for the Impact Centre, giving students the skills needed to apply their university education upon graduation.

Management Gerhard Trippen An Easy to Use Online Assignment System with Automarking supporting Randomized Algorithmic Questions with Multiple Parts

This project involves the development of three systems that try to achieve the objective stated in the tile. All three systems allow for multi-part randomized algorithmic questions. They also allow (or can easily be extended to provide) other question types such as MC, T/F, short answer, and in conjunction with a new assessment, which has been recently developed by a colleague (Graded Response – GR test), this tool will permit not only objective online evaluation but also support the development of Critical thinking skills. The exact types and the variety differ from tool to tool.

Chemical Engineering

Greg Evans

Enhanced On-line Resources to support Instruction and Learning of Teamwork Skills in Large Classes

ITIF funding will support enhancement of on-line resources to support instruction of teamwork skills in large courses. Specifically ITIF support will bring together and extend work on the development on-line resources already underway as part of a PhD thesis funded in part through HEQCO and a three-year project funded through the Engineering Instructional Innovation Program (EIIP).

Biomedical Communications

Jodie Jenkinson

MolWorlds: Exploring the relative effectiveness of gaming in reinforcing undergraduates’ understanding of molecular biology concepts

Biology students struggle with reconciling the random nature of the molecular world with the perceived efficiency of the cell, often developing misconceptions. We propose the development and evaluation of MolWorlds, a simulation-based, problem-solving mobile game that facilitates understanding of the relationship between molecular causal mechanisms and complex cellular systems.

Human Biology

Maria Papaconstantinou

Rediscovering Genetics: Animations and 3D models in Learning and Instruction

This collaborative project proposes to develop innovative computer-based animations and computational 3D models to improve the classroom and learning experience of students in large introductory genetics courses. These multimedia resources are aligned closely with institutional and program goals and represent interactive learning opportunities for students allowing the development and use of higher-order learning skills.


Mark Nitz Incorporating modern computational chemistry methods as educational tools for large undergraduate chemistry courses

We propose to develop and implement wireless access to modern computational chemistry based assignments for our large undergraduate chemistry courses. The implementation of the proposed courseware will leverage the recent Wi-Fi infrastructure installed on campus allowing the students to use their own laptops for advanced calculation in class and in the laboratory.

Cell and Systems Biology

Melody Neumann

Group Quiz Tool for Synchronous Online Learning

This project relates to an online group work tool (Group Quiz tool) to facilitate group dynamics and student-student interaction is proposed. Proper user and administrative tool interfaces, together with proper availability of the tool, could improve student learning in a range of online courses.



Monica Parry

Developing Clinical Reasoning Skills in Large On-Line Classrooms using Virtual Interactive Case Presentations

The goal of this project is to collaborate to develop 50 virtual interactive cases (VIC) to build clinical reasoning skills in a large national on-line learning classroom for graduate Nurse Practitioner (NP) students and to facilitate the shareability and transferability of VIC to our interdisciplinary and inter-professional partners.


Sanja Hinic-Frlog

Interactive Biology Lab Manuals by UTM SEARCH Group

We will develop a template for interactive lab manuals in core biology courses. The template will allow for implementation of adaptable content and testing sensitive to individual student learning needs, and peer collaboration. This learning and teaching tool will improve student performance and engagement and allow for convenient yearly customization for developers.


Yuhong He

Developing an Effective Web-Based Platform for Large-scale Geospatial Learning

This project aims to develop a web-based geospatial learning platform that will enhance the undergraduate learning environment for a large number of students by increasing opportunities to access virtual geospatial labs when physical labs are not available or difficult to access. This virtual lab platform can reach across tri-campuses and beyond, to practically any student with internet access and an interest in geospatial education. The benefits of this platform include an improvement in our teaching abilities, transfer of knowledge, better quality learning strategies, and skill acquisition for students.

ITIF Recipients 2012 to 2013

Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Debbie Hebert Modular Online Framework for Public Education, Undergraduate & Entry‐level Professional Curriculum, & Post‐Professional Certfication

We will create a tri-level internet-based course framework, with open and paid modules, modifiable for use with other occupational therapy content. The exemplar content, Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP), will be provided at three levels: basic knowledge (public); paid theory/application (free to OT/PT UofT students); certification modules (health professionals).

Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine Ross Barclay piPosters: Promoting digital display, re-use and dissemination of academic poster content from educational events

This is a digital display device for electronic academic posters, with a low-cost computer backed and touchless controls. By promoting the conversion of posters to digital form, we hope to increase the quality and content of posters as well as provide new opportunities for sharing and archiving them.

Department of Historical Studies, UTM Shafique Virani SMARTEST Research Organizational, Goal Planning and Assessment Tool

SMARTEST is an automated goal setting and monitoring system for student researchers that stands for Specific-Measurable-Attainable-Relevant-Timeframed-Evaluation-System-Toronto. Based on principles of “Task Motivation and Incentives” first established by Locke, SMARTEST will enable students, mentored by faculty and librarians, to establish clear criteria to track progress and achieve success.

Linguistics Naomi Nagy Tools for Teaching with CORPORA IN THE CLASSROOM

Two increasingly important domains in linguistics are the study of Heritage Languages and the analysis of large corpora of natural language data. Our Linguistics Department has professors who do both. This project improves the necessary instructional infrastructure to scaffold undergraduate and graduate class assignments teaching relevant theory and research skills.

Anesthesia Massimiliano Meineri Development of interactive online teaching aids for learning point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS)

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) performed by the treating physician is a becoming a widely accepted diagnostic tool for rapid real-time assessment of patient status. A large demand for training in this field now exists. This project will create interactive online teaching modules that can be incorporated into these training programs.

Institute of Child Study, OISE, UT Joan Peskin, Dr. Eric Jackman Video-captured, enacted case studies: Creating and sharing re-useable course content across programs

In order to bridge theory and practice, case studies are an important curricular priority in graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs university-wide. In this project, video-captured, enacted case studies which can be used online in conjunction with discussion forums, will be developed and made

Faculty of Medicine Marcus Law Preparing prospective and incoming health sciences students with fundamental background knowledge – an innovative e-learning project

UofT health professional faculties accept students from various academic backgrounds. It is unusual for them to have knowledge across basic sciences, social sciences/humanities, learning principles, and research principles. To address this educational gap we will develop relevant online courses for prospective health sciences school applicants and new health sciences students.

Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine Peter Azmi Developing best practices and a tool kit for the creation of course cartridges using existing Blackboard-embedded content

We propose to develop a standard operating procedure for converting Blackboard-embedded courses into “course cartridges” that can be used on other LMS platforms. We aim to create interoperability standards for UT-developed courseware, which will assist in the development of new online courses as well as maximize value from current offerings.

UTSC Library Paulina Rousseau Gunda Gunde Manuscript Collection

Once online, the entire archive of 219 manuscripts from the Ethiopian monastery of Gunda Gunde will serve as a unique collection of primary sources for students, researchers, and scholars to study, interact with, analyze, and evaluate Ethiopian history and culture. The digitized corpus, derived from close collaboration between Prof. Michael Gervers, the Digital Scholarship Unit (DSU), and UTSC’s IITS department, will contribute to active student learning and research.

U of T Faculty of Medicine Jeremy Goldfarb, Innovative Case System and Feedback Tool for Undergraduate Ophthalmology

We propose an innovative and engaging content delivery and feedback system to be included within the new, full service ophthalmology website. Content delivery will be done through an online case conduit utilizing the Virtual Interactive Case System (VICS) as a platform. The current project will also add value to the VICS eLearning platform through a novel feedback tool.

Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, UTSC Anya Tafliovich Automated Assessment of Students’ Computer Programs

The goal of this project is to develop a general purpose software package for use in assessing correctness of students’ computer programs — a general purpose “auto-tester”. The auto-tester can be used in any course (Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, etc.) that involves programming assignments, exercises, programming labs, etc.

(Italian unit) Language Studies, UTM Teresa Lobalsamo The Open Language Learning Textbook

The Open Language Learning Textbook allows students and instructors to work through lessons and activities simultaneously, during lecture, tutorials or office hours, without additional cost to students. The interactive textbook will be used in first year French, Italian, and Spanish courses in the Department of Language Studies (LS) at UTM.

Centre for Teaching and Learning, UTSC Elaine Khoo Interactive Website for Facilitating Accelerated Student Vocabulary Acquisition Across Disciplines

Creation of an interactive website allowing ESL students in all disciplines to acquire and practice using core academic vocabulary needed for the level and volume of reading of university courses. Provides students, instructors and writing centre staff with a practical tool to support students with rapid, targeted enhancement of academic vocabulary.

Biochemistry Ahlia Khan-Trottier The use of tablet devices to enhance learning and collaboration in the Life Sciences Laboratory Classroom

Tablet computers will be integrated into a Biochemistry laboratory course curriculum to enhance student learning and collaboration by providing direct access to online resources, the ability to actively share and discuss results, and promoting impromptu instructor-facilitated dialogue in the lab as experiments are conducted. Tablets would also serve as a platform for delivery of reusable course content.

Mathematical and Computational Sciences, UTM Maria Wesslén Building bridges; strengthening math competencies of non-math students

We will create a series of videos on core mathematics, statistics and data management topics to help students gain numeracy skills required in their courses. Many instructors find their students lack fundamental skills, and we find these are required by a number of different courses across various departments at UTM.

Biological Sciences, UTSC Dan Riggs

Quizzical 2.0

We propose to develop a student authored, on-line multiple choice question writing and learning tool called Quizzical. Quizzical will assist in building a question bank that students can access and use for self testing. A key feature is a statistical interface that allows students and faculty to measure engagement and progress.

Paediatric Hematology/Oncology, Hospital for Sick Children Meera Rayar A National Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Laboratory Education Resource

Paediatric Hematologist/Oncologists (PHO) are required to have an understanding of laboratory tests for diagnosis/management purposes. Our project will create an electronic, cased-based laboratory educational resource that will be accessible to Canadian PHO trainees. PHO staff/trainees can work with an administrator to create new modules, thus allowing for a self-sustainable curriculum.

ITIF Recipients 2011 to 2012

Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Maureen A. Barry, E. Vandeven-Soble Smart Device Use Across the Curriculum: From Classroom to Clinical Practice Point-of-Care

The goal of this project is to actively engage undergraduate nursing students in their learning and ultimately in their clinical practice by enabling them to use smart devices to gather multiple sources of evidence/information in the classroom, clinical and simulation laboratory setting.

Department of Mathematics James Colliander, Kumar Murty Multimedia Lectures with VedaVox Web Course Platform

The Department of Mathematics is developing an online series of multimedia lectures synchronously intertwined with slide decks and hypertext elements, including short online assessments. These lectures will be built using the VedaVox Web Course platform, which is itself built on the KBasix Content Management System, all developed by DoM.

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Natalie Crown, Tom Brown Wiki technologies to enhance the student experience for active and collaborative learning in Pharmacy

A wiki with enhanced capabilities will assist in providing student feedback on both quantity and quality of participation in asynchronous collaboration. It will help create a safe in-class learning environment for active student engagement. This technology is scalable for different size cohorts and has potential application for interprofessional education.

Department of Physical Therapy Cathy Evans, Sharon Switzer-McIntyre Continuing Education for Online Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists

This project will involve the development of an online continuing education founded on principles of active and collaborative learning for Canadian and internationally-educated physical therapists (IEPTs) who wish to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the appropriate and effective utilization of diagnostic imaging in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.

Alison Gibbs, Paul Hamel, Bart Harvey, Patrick Brown Modularization for a Student’s Introduction to the Practice of Statistics

We propose a fundamental shift in introductory instruction in statistics in Arts & Science. Our model embeds online modular lectures on statistical methods within discipline-specific active-learning course sections. These multimedia lectures exploit the potential of new online technologies to enable collaborative, cross-disciplinary virtual team-teaching that provides a meaningful, resource-efficient, and engaging introduction to statistical practice.

OISE Jim Hewitt, Clare Brett, Kim MacKinnon, Kathy Broad New Assessment Tools for Collaborative Online Learning Environment

This project will prototype and pilot new assessment tools for instructors and learners using Pepper, a research-based peer-to-peer (P2P) online discussion platform used in OISE courses. P2P discussion can provide opportunities for distributed practice, more equitable participation, increased reflection time, and more persistent access to key ideas. Yet, problems providing meaningful feedback and assessment within P2P discussion can limit its perceived value for both students and faculty. The project will deliver a set of open-access assessment tools that support responsive teaching and active learning in courses that involve peer-to-peer collaboration.

Institute for Optical Sciences Emanuel Istrate Collaborative Content Creation for Holographic Recordings

The Institute for Optical Sciences and Physics Department offer a multi-disciplinary course, where science and art students create holograms together, using complementary strengths. We propose an integrated system where students produce collaboratively the digital content, get the instructor’s feedback to ensure a successful hologram and have a high-quality hologram produced.

Biomedical Communications Jodie Jenkinson, Michael Corrin Vascular Invaders Web-Based Study Aid

We propose the continued development and evaluation of Vascular Invaders, a web-based study aid with integrated gaming elements geared towards supporting undergraduate anatomy students understanding of human vascular anatomy. The game quizzes students’ knowledge of nomenclature, vessel supply, and anastomoses with access to an interactive and anatomically accurate 3D model of vasculature. Currently, one module on thoracic vasculature exists and we would like to expand the game to include vasculature of the head and neck, a particularly challenging area for students.

Computer Science, Faculty of Arts and Science Andrew Petersen, Paul Gries, Senior Lecturer, Jennifer Campbell Classroom Assessment Support for an Inverted Introductory Programming Course

In programming courses, instructors often demonstrate techniques in lecture, but classroom response aids like iClickers are not sufficient to support in-class programming exercises. This project will produce a tool that enables the deployment, real-time monitoring, and analysis of programming activities during lecture.

Chemical and Physical Sciences, UTM Paul Piunno, Ulrich Krull, Virginijus Barzda, Claudiu Gradinaru, Bryan Stewart Enhancement of the Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory (AIRLab)

AIRLab represents an exciting new teaching and learning opportunity in which students work together as members of multidisciplinary teams toward the completion of interdisciplinary research projects. Instructional software and electronic component modules will herein be developed to improve teaching by facilitating AIRLab student learning and permit increased course enrolment.

Department of French Jeffrey Steele Creation of the University of Toronto French Proficiency Test (UTFPT)

The University of Toronto French Proficiency Test will be a web-based tool designed to evaluate second language learners’ French vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Funds requested here are for test content development (Part A) to be undertaken in parallel with the web interface creation (Part B).

OISE Dr. Dale Willows, Dr. Eric Jackman
Dr. Janette Pelletier, Dr. Eric Jackman,
Dr. Rhonda Martinussen,
Dedicated Hypermedia for Preservice Early Years Teacher Preparation

Early years instruction is at the forefront of educational policy. Our project leverages expertise at OISE and digital media to create effective and engaging multimedia resources targeting early learning instruction. We will provide resources to enhance teacher candidates’ ability to engage in evidence-informed early years instruction.

ITIF Recipients 2010 to 2011

Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
History, University of Toronto Scarborough  Christine Berkowitz and Perry Sheppard Digital Innovations for Interactive Teaching and Research Across the Disciplines: The History Engine 2.0

The goal of this project is to transform the current History Engine – an interactive online repository of student research and writing – from a US-based project into a truly international collaboration that supports interdisciplinary teaching and research. The outcome will be a web-based interactive tool that significantly enhances undergraduate experiential education by providing a suite of digital resources that foster applied research and writing skills and expose students to the methods and practice of digital scholarship.

Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga


Mairi Cowan The Travels of the Lute: A digital humanities resource for teaching and learning world history.

The study of World History provides a fruitful paradigm for the understanding of human society and cultural interactions, but poses challenges to both instructors, who must teach outside their areas of study, and students, who must navigate a broad range of material over a very short period of time. Marshalling expertise from diverse disciplines and areas of interest, this project will create a digital multimedia resource to clarify and illustrate “connection” as a central concept in World History.

Faculty of Music Midori Koga Balanced Artistry: Portable Balance Toolkits for use in Music Education and Beyond

This project intends to prototype, evaluate, and produce an inexpensive, mobile toolkit for measuring and increasing awareness of body balance. Many performers struggle with posture-induced tension problems, which lead to injury and hamper the finely tuned multi-sensory processes associated with producing music. Investigators will create a fixed laboratory in which custom software and readily available equipment can be configured to produce a user-friendly and easily distributable tool with which students can effect permanent changes in their postural balance.

Centre for Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine Marcus Law and Karen Leslie Students and Faculty as Partners in Innovation: The e-Faculty Development Project

Existing teaching methodologies in the health sciences are being enhanced by the availability of a range of new technologies, and yet faculty are often not aware of, or comfortable with, the role of these in teaching and learning. Students, staff and faculty will collaborate in the development of online, digital faculty-development materials that will permit a diverse body of health-professional instructors to access current instruction in technology-enhanced and student-centred teaching, at any time, from anywhere. Students will be recruited to serve as researchers and content developers for the faculty-development modules, learning about instructional design, production, and implementation; this will give medical residents and training health-professionals the opportunity to reflect on their future roles as teachers and faculty themselves.

University of Toronto Mississauga Library


Rochelle Mazar and Susan Senese T-Zone: Gesture, Touch, Surface, and Interaction

This project will involve students in the production of immersive, collaborative, and visual applications to support T-Zone, the University of Toronto Mississauga Library’s experimental touch- and gesture-based computing laboratory. Faculty will benefit from the opportunity to experiment with and consider the potential of a variety of touch-based computing interfaces and gesture-based applications as part of teaching, learning, and research, while students across all the disciplines will gain invaluable hands-on experience with innovative technologies that will shape the future of work, research, and daily life.

Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology
Faculty of Information Studies
Rhonda McEwen Mobile Computing for Innovations in Teaching Excellence

This multi-disciplinary initiative will invite faculty and students from across the university to collaborate in the creation of mobile applications to support teaching and learning in ten undergraduate courses. In addition to its immediate impact on the faculty and students enrolled in the classes for which applications are designed, this project will benefit the students involved in application creation, developing valuable experience in project leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, and design for mobile computing platforms.

Mathematical and Computational Sciences
University of Toronto Mississauga
Sue McGlashan and Shay Fuchs Developing Calculus Clips for First-Year Students

A project to create high-quality, accessible digital animations to illustrate fundamental concepts in calculus. Students will be able to access and review videos, facilitating deeper learning at a comfortable pace, accessible anytime, from anywhere. Digital clips will be made available at no cost to all instructors and institutions, for use in class or as supplementary material.

University of Toronto Libraries Sian Meikle Anthology: A tool for the creation of poetry and prose anthologies online

Drawing on the archives of Representative Poetry Online and the Library’s own extensive collection of digital resources, this project will invite students and faculty to collaborate in the creation, editing, annotation, and sharing of customized digital poetry and prose anthologies for use in the classroom. By engaging students directly in a collaborative process of text selection and editing, this project will transform the role of the anthology in the teaching of literature, and the role of the student in the university classroom. The open-source Anthology tool will be available throughout and beyond the University of Toronto.

Comparative, International and Development Education Centre, OISE/UT Karen Mundy Developing Access for International Educational Development Professionals

This project will build capacity in the use of remote collaboration technologies among faculty and student participants in flex-mode courses, combining traditional classroom instruction with technology-supported distance instruction and learning. Virtual interaction with remote collaborators is essential for the CIDE Centre, whose main focus is to compare and support education projects in the developing world, and students will benefit from the opportunity to connect with overseas peers, learn from distance faculty, and network with development professionals in the field.

French Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga Andrew Nicholson
Jung-Hwa Rosa Hong
<Language a la carte>: Introducing Interactive Mapping Tools for Teaching and Learning in French Studies

<Language a la Carte> will create a portal service to support the pedagogical use of maps and web-based mapping tools in language studies. Using maps to visualize and articulate the cultural aspects of the language is an important part of second-language learning, and live web mapping tools afford students a low-cost, highly accessible immersion in the language and culture of study. Using Creative Commons Licensing, teaching materials will be made available to other instructors in French Studies, and the project can be readily transferred to other language courses at the University.

Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto Scarborough


Janice Patterson and Perry Sheppard Building a student-assisted Caption/Wiki for course lecture video

UTSC’s WebOption Lecturecast system serves thousands of undergraduates at the Scarborough campus, providing recorded lectures for review and enhanced learning. This project will augment accessibility, providing automated captioning for each of the 500+ lectures captured annually. Using a wiki model, student contributions will subsequently bring the automated transcripts from 80% to 100% accuracy. Collaborative captioning will provide students with an innovative, active learning mechanism to review and engage more deeply with in-class course material, benefiting not only the viewers of the captioned video, but the caption contributors themselves.

Study of Religion Matt Price
Frances Garrett
Networked Academic Profiles for Student-Faculty

Interlinked online profiles designed to reflect and support academic interests and achievements will facilitate student navigation of their academic environment and interests, and their educational and professional goals. In large and dispersed faculties and departments, this initiative will foster greater access and interaction between faculty and students, and promote a sense of cohesive community focused around a discipline that has relevance in the academy and in the wider world. Based on outcomes of the initial 2-year project in History and the Department for the Study of Religion, the network can be extended to other faculties within and beyond the University of Toronto.

Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga Ajay Rao Digital Storytelling and Diversity in the Undergraduate Classroom

A project to introduce and evaluate collaborative digital storytelling as an alternative to traditional coursework and assessment. UTM hosts a large number of students belonging to communities with a strong oral tradition or a resistance to argumentative writing; nontraditional students, particularly those who navigate multiple languages and linguistic registers in their daily lives, may find more ease and comfort in expressive discourses involving personal voice. The long-term objective is to create a reproducible training tool that will enable digital storytelling to be incorporated into the curriculum in Historical Studies and other disciplines, expanding not only the range of assessment opportunities in the Humanities, but also the range of voices heard in the academy.

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


Denise Reid The Mindfulness Program

Instruction in mindfulness-oriented self-care practices are invaluable to students in intensive health, social service, and educational professional programs, but given the demanding schedule and high pace of such programs, personal-development courses can be difficult to access and accommodate. The online delivery of mindfulness courses, using a self-paced approach, the discussion space, and guided meditations, will improve student access to self-care training, providing essential personal connections while imparting valuable skills to combat stress, avoid burnout, and promote feelings of engagement in their education and professional service training.

ITCDF Recipients 2008 to 2009

Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
Chemistry(A&S) Andrew Dicks Developing Novel Computational Chemistry Experiments and Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
Cinema Studies(A&S) Angelica Fenner Move Clip Ripping Project
Comp Sci(A&S) Paul Gries, Jennifer Campbell Pictures, Sounds, Videos in Introductory Computer Science
Comp Sci(A&S) Karen Reid, Angela Demke Brown, Andrew Petersen Visualisation Tools for Operating System Internals
ECE(APSE) Bruno Korst Undergraduate Lab Safety Training System
Dentistry(Dentistry) Dorothy McComb Oral Anatomy Online Tooth Atlas
UT Library, et al(Library) Sheril Hook, et al Course Embedded Responsive Learning Objects: Developing Foundational Research Skills & Knowledge
Physiatry(Medicine) Heather MacNeill Bridging the Gap:Development of an online tool to promote Interprofessional Collaboration using the “build-a-case” technique
Anesthesia(Medicine) Massimiliano Meineri Development of a Simulation of Weaning Patients from Cardiopulmonary Bypass
OBGYN(Medicine) Nicolette Caccia Development of a Web-based Course Covering the Basics of Common Problems in the Delivery of Sub-Specialty Care in Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaecology for Obstetrics & Gynaecology Post- Graduate Trainees at the University of Toronto
PGME(Medicine) Denyse Richardson, Susan Takahashi, Erika Abner, Chi-Ming Chow Resident as Collaborative Practitioner: PGME Core Curriculum Web Initiative
PGME(Medicine) Takahashi, Ginsburg, Abner, Chow Resident as Professional
Critical Care(Medicine) Lisa Kenney Virtual Ventilation: The Development of a Simulation of Patients Requiring Respiratory Support with Mechanical Ventilation
Physiology(Medicine) Chris Perumalla Web-Based Interactive Physiology Courses
Initial Teacher Education Program(OISE) Kathy Broad Adaptive Technology – Curriculum Models for Teacher Education
Child Study & Education(OISE) Dale Willows, Rhonda Martinussen Web-Based Multimedia Instructional Modules for Elementary Pre-Service Language and Literacy Courses
Drama(SGS) Stephen Johnson Public Learning and the Integration of History, Theory and Practice in Theatre and Performance Studies
Biomedical Communications(UTM) Marc Dryer, Ike Ahmed 3D Visualization of Microsurgical Techniques: A Training Tool for Ocular Surgical Residents and Fellows
Biology(UTM) Danton O’Day Development of Interactive Web-Based Template Media for Assessing Student Learning
Economics(UTM) Shalini Sharma, Lee Bailey ECOnLife: A Web Magazine for Economics Undergraduates
Chemical & Physical Sciences(UTM) GWK Moore, Ulrich Fekl, Virgis Barzda, John Lester, Jumi Shin Real-Time Teaching Performance and Powerpoint Portability: The Best of Both Worlds for Chemical and Physical Sciences with Digital Ink and Tablet PCs
ITCDF Recipients 2007 to 2008
Dept/Division PI(s) Project Title
Physiology (Medicine) Christopher Perumalla Interactive Patch Clamp
Cardiology (Medicine) Chi-Ming Chow Teaching Residents to Teach Web Module
Anesthesia (Medicine) Annette Vegas 3D Imaging Tool for Transesophageal Echocardiography
Endocrinology (Medicine) Rene Wong Resident as Manager Web Module
UT Libraries, UTM (Joint) Linda Murphy-Boyer, Sheril Hook Blackboard Summer Institute
UT Libraries Rita Vine, Sian Miekle Embedding Library Resources and Services into Blackboard
UTM Rochelle Mazar, Diana Raffman, Derek Williams, Frances Garrett, Joe Lim, Hugh Gunz, Shafique Virani UTORWiki: Marginalia and Collaborative Documents
UTM Sheril Hook, Pierre Desrochers, Kathleen Wilson, Rochelle Mazar, Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, Jeff Graham Embedding E-resources and Information Literacy Learning Objects into Curricula via Blackboard
OISE/UT Carol Rolheiser ePortfolios and EduBlogger Bridging Technology Development
OISE/UT Slotta, Hewitt and Brett A Casebook of Efffectve Information Technology Teaching and Learning Practices
OISE/UT Njoki Wayne Supporting Diversity through Teacher Education: Africa at a Glance
SGS Phani Radhakrishnan Learning Statistics by Experimenting with Software
SGS Gale Moore, Andrew Clement, Steve Hockema, Jun Luo BibWiki: A Tool to Enable Knowledge Building through the Collaborative Production of Annotated Bibliographies
Dentistry Susanne Pershbacher An Interactive Web-based Program for Teaching Panoramic Radiography to Dental Students
Aerospace R. Emami Engineering Learning Community Portal
ECE Anderson, Chow, Lie. Moshovos, Steffan Courseware Development for ECE Microprocessor Labs
UTSC Stephen Reid Development of Physiology Laboratory Computer Simulation Software
UTSC Savitri Chandrasekhar Enhancements in Teaching and Learning Chemistry: Techniques and Instrumentation through Animation and Virtual Experiments
Physics (A&S) Michael Luke, et al Physics Practicals
Computer Science (A&S) Gregory Wilson A Reverse Test Oracle to Improve Feedback and Reasoning Skills in Programmer Students
Computer Science (A&S) Karen Reid, Jennifer Campbell Online Grading to Improve the Quality of Feedbackon Electronically Submitted Coursework
ITCDF Recipients 2006 to 2007
Department(s) PI(s) Project Title
A&S – Computer Science


Jennifer Campbell, Greg Wilson Online Grading to Improve the Quality of Feedback on Electronically-Submitted Coursework
A&S – Computer Science


Ron Baecker Innovative Deployment of Webcasting and Audioconferencing for Tri-Campus Education
A&S –

Robotics, Cognitive Science

Jun Luo Robotics Enhancement of Cognitive Science Curriculum
A&S – Chemistry David Stone Multimedia Instructional Materials Suite
A&S – Fine Arts Christy Anderson, Mark Cheetham, George Hawken, Evonne Levy, Sue Loyd, Jenny Purtle, Lisa Steele, Gordon Belray, Peggy Haist, Tammy Moorse uPodcast
Dentistry, Radiation Oncology


Grace Bradley, Deepika Chugh, Joyce Nyhof-Young Computer Assisted Learning for Teaching Oral Pathology to Dental Students
Engineering — Aerospace M.R. Emami Development of Remote Access Aerospace Laboratory for Engineering Science Program
Medicine –Psychiatry Ballon, Bruce MIRAGE: Multiple Interactive Reality Alternates Generated Environment: A computer simulation concept
Medicine – Surgery Tait, Gordon, Wiley, M, Jenkinson, J, Hyman, A Animation of the embryological development of the heart
Medicine – Physical Therapy Hunter, Judith P. Using the newest version of Blackboard academic suite to enable self-directed learning, interactive, individualized learning management of the content specific to “pain” across the physical therapy curriculum
Medicine – Radiation Oncology Nyhof-Young, Johnson, Ian Promoting research excellence: The DOCH 2 website for medical students
Medicine – Division of Academic Computing Hyman, Avi Blackboard Backpack initiative
Medicine – Dept. of Medicine Chow, Chi-Ming, Imrie, K, McIlroy, J Educational Information Technology Summer Student Program
OISE/UT — CTL Elizabeth Smyth Knowledge Building Blocks for Blackboard
OISE/UT – Adult Education and Community Planning; Theory and Policy Studies Karen Mundy Ruth Hayhoe Co-operative Education for Teachers e-Resources

Drama, English, R.E.E.D., Library, Geography


Stephen Johnson, Sally Beth MacLean, Sian Miekle, Byron Moldofsky On the Road Again: An Online Tool for Interactive and Collaborative Theatre History Research
UTM — English and Drama


Holger Schott Syme Shakespeare and the Queen’s Men: Instructional Multimedia DVD and Web Site

Historical Studies, Library, Computing Services


Mohammed Tavakoli-Targhi, Rochelle Mazar, Joe Lim Edublogger: A Blackboard Plug-in
UTSC – Social Sciences Ken MacDonald The Line of Control: Using Multimedia in Diaspora Education

ITCDF Recipients 2005 to 2006
Department PI(s) Project Title
A&S – Botany, Zoology Melody Neumann Developed of Animated Learning Tools for Cellular Transport and Signalling Mechanisms
A&S – Chemistry Andrew Woolley High Quality Computational Methods
A&S – Computer Science Greg Wilson, Karen Reid Enhancing Lightweight Groupware to Support Collaborative Undergrad Programming Projects
A&S – German Anna Shternishis Yiddish Studies
A&S – Physics David Harrison, Stephen Morris Canadian In-Class Question Database (CINQ DB)
APSC M.R. Emami Robotics Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation Station
APSC – Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Dan Frances WARP Shoe Company: A proposal to extend a newly developed teaching method to two additional courses in the MIE udergraduate program
APSC – Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Bill Cleghorn Design of Cam Mechanisms without Undercutting
Dentistry Greg Mount Web Content Management System Implementation at the Faculty of Dentistry
Forestry Rorke Bryan Enhancement of Video-Conferencing Instructional Capability in the Faculty of Forestry, Earth Sciences Centre
Medicine Rita Selby Development of an educational, web-based tool to generate interactive, patient-based, clinical scenarios for teaching undergraduates in the Faculty of Medicine
Medicine Julia Alleyne Care-based E-learning Modules for Primary Care Musculoskeletal Education
Medicine – Continuing Education Sharon Straus Toolkit for Evidence Based Teaching
Medicine – Surgery Mike Wiley Medicine Virtual Microscopy Laboratories
Nursing Valerie Grdisa, Doris Howell Preparing Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioners: Using Information Technology to Develop Innovative Teaching-Learning Strategies
OISE/UT Joan Moss Design and Development of Courseware Modules: Case Studies of Knowledge Building Communities
OISE/UT Clare Brett Wikis as a shared writing environment for graduate and preservice courses
PE&H Dena Bain Taylor Writing in Health and Social Sciences: A Comprehensive Guide
UTM Emmanuel Nikiema Interactive Web-based tutorials introductory linguistics course (Introduction to General Linguistics and Introduction to the Study of Language)
UTM – Biology Danton O’Day Dynamic Cell Biology: A Multimedia DVD using Movies, Animations and Graphics to Facilitate the Understanding of Essential Concepts
UTM – Chemical & Physical Sciences Virginijus Barzda Studio Physics: Courseware for Integrative Teaching of Theory, Modeling and Experiment: Part 1 Vibrations and Waves
UTM – Psychology Jeff Graham An Internet Curriculum and Instructional Database: Guided Learning for Languages and Sciences
UTSC Elizabeth Cowper, Philip Wright Enhancing Teaching and Learning via the UTSC intranet: Multimedia courseware and online course evaluation modules
ITCDF Recipients 2004 to 2005
Dept PI Project Title
A&S Biology/Zoology Corey Goldman Interactive On-Line Exercise on ANIMAL DIVERSITY for Life Science Students
A&S Computer Science Greg Wilson Software Carpentry: Practical Software Development for Scientists and Engineers
A&S Computer Science Karen Reid/Greg Wilson Lightweight Groupware to Support Collaborative Undergraduate Programming Projects
A&S French Daniele Issa Sayegh Geeta Paray-Clarke Cross-cultural Approach to Teaching French as a Second Language
A&S French & Spanish & Portuguese Jeffrey Steele, Laura Colantoni Development of a PHONETIC DATABASE for Romance Linguistics Courses
A&S Geography Andre Sorenson, Paul Hess, Byron Moldofsky, Larry Bourne Greater Toronto Area Planning Game – Interactive Mapping Web Site
AL&D John Danahy, Ted Kesik… 3-D Object & Site Courseware Repository
APSC 2 William Cleghorn Teaching Mechanics of Machines in a Web-based Environment
FOM Medicine Stephen Lapinsky Critical care literature updates delivered by handheld computers
FOM Radiation Oncology Gabrielle Kane Grasping 3 dimensional concepts in a 2 dimensional world
FOM Urology Pippi Salle Interactive multi-media CD-Rom for teaching operative pediatric urology
Nursing Mary van Soeren, Sandra Devlin Enhancing Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education with Technology
OISE/UT Carol Calder Using On-line Library Resources
UTM – Biology Danton O’Day Enhance Pedagogical & Marketability of Human Development (BIO 380)
UTM – French, German and Italian Salvatore Bancheri Study Maker 2 – Phase 2
UTSC – Anthropology, Dept of Social Sciences Larry Sawchuk Outbreak: Exploring Diseases in Virtual Communities, Version 4
UTSC – Psychology, Dept of Life Sciences Steve Joordens The Reading, Thinking & Communicating Portal

ITCDF Recipients 2003 to 2004
Department PI Project Title
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor W.L. Cleghorn
Web-Based Learning for Teaching Mechanics of Machines
Institute for Aerospace Studies Professor Reza Emami
Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation Station (AER201Y)
Edward S Rogers Sr Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Stefan Zukotynsi
Adapting CCNet to UofT Requirements
Department of Botany Corey Goldman The Meeting Place: Online for Life Science Students
Department of Chemistry Scott Mabury ANALEST: Analystical Lab for Envir. Sci.
Department of Computer Science Tina Nicholl Web Tools for Computer Program Comprehension
Department of English Pia Kleber Video Editing for U.C. Drama Program
Department of Fine Art G. Bell FADIS: Fine Art Digital System
Department of French Jeffrey Steele Audio Files for French Pronunciation
Faculty of Arts and Science Paul Ruppert LLTI: Language Lab Teaching Initiative
Department of Physics David M. Harrison Web Based Analysis of Laboratory Data
Department of Political Science Joseph Fletcher Internet Materials for POL242Y
Department of Political Science Jacques Bertand Full-motion Video and Multimedia Lectures
Department of Statistics Keith Knight Web Presence for Undergraduates
Faculty of Dentistry Helen Grad
Clinical Decision-Making Skills in Pharmacology for Dental Students
Faculty of Dentistry Dr. Howard Tenenbaum
Web-Based Review of Peridontology for Dental Undergraduates
Resource Centre for Academic Computing (RCAT) Jutta Treviranus
STA: Student Technology Assistant Program
Office of the Chief Librarian Sandra Langlands
Online Introduction to Health Informatics
Department of Physiology Christopher Perumalla
Physiology Simulations
Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Tina Smith Using Ed. Technology for Grad. Ed. for Health Professionals
Faculty of Nursing Maureen Barry
Enhancing Web-Based Interactive Learning in Undergrad Nursing Pgm
OISE/UT Dr Avi Hyman
Electronic Learning Objects Wizard
University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC) Alan Rosselet
Network Simulation Environment
Faculty of Social Work Professor Rob MacFadden
Deepening the Voice: Emotionally-oriented communication
University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) Kathi Wilson
Learning about Geography and the Environment through Interactive Teaching
University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) William Thompson
Software for Research Methods Courses on Human Communication and Technology