Transforming the Instructional Landscape (TIL)

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Transforming the Instructional Landscape (TIL) is an ongoing collaboration between Learning Space Management (LSM), Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and the Innovation Hub. This initiative examines how virtual and in-person learning environments can be improved for both instructors and students. This year, our team will engagstakeholders and community members in pilot initiatives to explore opportunities in remote learning, dual-delivery, and the multifaceted challenges related to technology-enhanced teaching and learning. The focus for this year will be supporting instructors to create engaging and accessible learning spaces.

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Access for Every Student

All students have equitable access to programs, services, resources, and spaces.

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Integrated Learning Experience

Students engage fully in learning experiences both within and outside of the classroom.

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Whole Student Development

Students receive the support they need for their holistic well-being (physical, psychological, social, and emotional).

2021-2022

The Transforming the Instructional Landscape is a project that recognizes that in a physical or virtual classroom, many players come together: instructors and students, but also staff working in instructional technology, accessibility, scheduling and support. Incorporating the needs of all these stakeholders is complex, but working together can transform spaces to better support teaching and learning. The project team will work in partnership with our partners to carry on the work of this important project, including the Tech2U pilot program that supports instructor teaching at St. George Campus. Visit the link below to learn more about this initiative.

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Research Team

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Georgia Maxwell

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Hai-Dao Le-Nguyen

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Kaitlin Gaerlan

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Sanskriti Maheshwari

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Anne Feldman

Design & Communications Team

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Kaitlyn Corlett

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Akshay Mahimtura

OUR FINDINGS:

Each year, TIL runs different research projects as our work grows and changes. Select the year to learn more about its focus and findings.

Summer 2021: How might personalized support with instructor support everyone in learning environments? 

Over the summer, TIL continued to work on our remote learning pilot, where we examined what happens when instructors receive individual and personalized tech support while they teach remotely. From this work, we published our transcription case study, which outlines the benefits of supporting instructors to create transcripts for recorded lectures. This study is available in the links below.

The TIL team also began to work on new and emerging projects this summer as well. The team supported TIL’s website re-design project, and perhaps most excitingly, they supported the development and launch of Tech2U, a new pilot project developed in partnership between Learning Space Management (LSM) and the Innovation Hub. To learn more about Tech2U, check out the community repost on our blog 

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Research Team

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Georgia Maxwell

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Lauren (KM) Baek

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Zoe Findlay

Nick Smith

Nick Smith

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Anne-Marie Voyer

Design Team & Communications Team

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Kaitlyn Corlett

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Ecem Sungur

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Vlada Gorchkova

Natalie Ng

Natalie Ng

2020-2021: How might we support instructors to teach courses in online spaces?

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the integration of digital technology into teaching and learning was greatly accelerated. As a result, the TIL project accordingly shifted to focus on the emerging needs of students and instructors, and their experiences of these new and often uncomfortable instructional spaces. For the 2020-2021 year, TIL engaged stakeholders and community members in pilot initiatives which explored opportunities in remote learning, dual-delivery, and the multi-faceted challenges related to technology enhanced teaching and learning.

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Research Team

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Philippa Gosine

Nick Smith

Amal Yusuf

Janet Lai

Janet Lai

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Veronica Grigio

Lucas Chan

Lucas Chan

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Marcus Lomboy

Design Team & Communications Team

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Kaitlyn Corlett

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Gianina Ramos

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Cody Foo

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Ecem Sungur

2019-2020: How can we continue to be trusted partners in class (re)design?

In the 2019-2020 year, TIL was focused on answering the question “How might we create a collaborative classroom-design process at UofT that meets the needs of all stakeholders?” To answer this question, TIL researchers employed a variety of research methodologies, including long-form interviews and journey-mapping sessions, to understand how the classroom re-design process works in a university setting, and how design researchers can help ensure that classroom design continues to reflect what students and instructors need from teaching and learning environments. From this work, TIL developed a series of recommendations on how design researchers can become trusted partners in the redesign process, as well as a series of design principles that should guide re-design projects.

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Research Team

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Jason Batten-Carew

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Natasha Cuneo

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Margaret Clare

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Anoosheh Ghazanfari

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Jeanne Lee

Nick Smith,
Design Thinking Team Lead (Transforming the Instructional Landscape)

Nick Smith

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Polina Kabakova

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Sicily Shi

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Cassie Yang

Design Team & Communications Team

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Kaitlyn Corlett

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Gianina Ramos

2018-2019: How do students, instructors & staff use classrooms?

In its second year, TIL focused on engaging stakeholders across campus in LSM’s initiative to upgrade 174 classrooms in 23 universities across St. George Campus. To better understand what instructors and students wanted from this re-design process, TIL conducted a variety of design-thinking activities including long form interviews, classroom observations and feedback events. From this work TIL produced a series of Design Principles that provided guidelines for the core features of future classroom redesigns.  

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Research Team

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Sanskriti Maheshwari

Danielle Baillargeon, Data Analysis Team Lead

Amal Yusuf

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Zhenni (Jenna) Liao

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Ricardo Menendez

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Saaili Junnarkar

Design Team & Communications Team

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Danielle Lum

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Kaitlyn Corlett

2017-2018: What do students need from classrooms?

TIL is a major classroom redesign initiative created by Academic and Campus Events (ACE), now called Learning Space Management (LSM). The Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI) and the Innovation Hub are key partners in this initiative. In its initial year, TIL used human-centered methodologies to begin to understand the needs of students and instructors when it comes to learning spaces and their re-design. The focus of this first year of TIL was to understand how classroom spaces are used, and how spaces can be designed to facilitate learning. As part of this project, TIL developed various user personas to understand the unique needs and wants that users have when it comes to classroom spaces. 

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Research Team

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Nicholas Feinig

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Elena Djordjic

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Adi Poddar

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Simmy Saini

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Mia Sanders