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Virtual field trips, digital labs and global colleagues: U of T students to explore the world this fall 

U of T faculty members (on right, from top): 尼古拉斯eyles, 黎明基尔肯尼 and 刘大卫 share their preparations for a fall semester that will feature a major emphasis on online learning.

即采取从BONNECHERE洞穴地质学生坑洼省立公园内,虚拟实地考察,尼亚加拉大瀑布和中途日志转储海湾。数字实验室,让生物医学工程的学生在纳米级的观察他们的实验。与学生在墨西哥是探索covid-19对政府粮食安全和信任的影响伙伴关系。 

These are just a few of the ways University of Toronto professors are planning for a fall semester unlike any other. About 90 per cent of undergraduate courses give students the option of studying online and most of these courses will be offered online only.

这是一个很大 - 尽管暂时的 - 转变在大学通常的操作方式,而T3教职工许多ü已具备相当的教学经验在线。事实上,有些人说有明显的优势媒体。 

To take one existing example: More than 2,000 students a year enrol in Planet Earth, an online introductory course in geology taught by Professor 尼古拉斯eyles of the department of physical and environmental sciences at üŤ斯卡伯勒. 

“I think it leads to better motivation when students can learn in their own time,” Eyles says. 

With the help of a team of U of T researchers and computer science-turned-geoscience student 巴蒂尔 sookhan,eyles建立矿产资源,怪石,冰川运动,大湖的起源和更全面的在线课程 - 与连接到每一个模块“虚拟现实之旅”。一个按钮,点击几下,学生可以采取阿尔比恩瀑布,切尔滕纳姆荒地等领域的课程亮点及其地质意义的3D之旅。 

“他们可以回去重新看,如果有什么事,他们不明白,我有很多的传闻证据表明,全家介入,说:” eyles,谁上的橙色宝马摩托车,他绰号探索新的场区“南瓜”。 

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尼古拉斯eyles, a professor at üŤ斯卡伯勒, teaches a popular online introductory course in geology, featuring 3D virtual tours, that draws some 2,000 students each year (通过根·琼斯照片)

eyles, who received the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for his work promoting and communicating science to the public, is an accomplished tour guide. As host of The Geologic Journey 对CBC的 事物的本质, he took Canadians on geological treks around the world. Eyles says students of his online course often become so interested in the sites they explore that they organize their own, in-person trips. 

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的一个例子 Eyles’s online course material from a module that looks at the urbanization of southern Ontario (deck courtesy of Planet Earth Online)

然而,即使在üT恤衫在网上学习早已不是什么新鲜事,在规模和品种的方法在正在开发ü的T今年秋天是没有先例的。并希望让每个人都在正规澳门赌场的社区安全,同时提供高品质的其中U的T是全球著名,是助长在所有三个校区的创造力和创新的一个接合教育经验。 

In the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, for example, 黎明基尔肯尼 will adopt a hybrid model to teach a third-year biomedical engineering course this fall. That includes in-person office hours, “bite-size” online lectures and virtual labs. 

The lab simulations, made by the Denmark-based startup Labster, allow students to move around a digital lab space and carry out experiments. 

“他们走它提醒背景理论的学生 - 这就是虚拟仿真的好处之一,”说基尔肯尼,副教授,教学流,在生物医学工程研究所。 “很多[模拟]弹出在微观尺度或纳米尺度的生物,所以他们会间歇性地展示什么在小级别的学生。 

“It allows you to visualize what you normally can’t see.” 

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黎明基尔肯尼, an associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, says virtual labs offer students additional context and background about the experiments they are pursuing (由卢克纳克照片)

The digital labs are also in use at other universities around the world, including Stanford University, Harvard University and MIT. 

While Kilkenny already used the virtual labs in her pre-pandemic courses, she says she plans to rely on them even more heavily next semester. “This has given us a push to examine digital tools that can enhance our courses,” she says. 

对于 王永平, a professor in the department of political science and the Munk School of 全球 Affairs & Public Policy in the Faculty of Arts & Science, the move to a digital space created an opportunity to foster closer ties between U of T students and university students in another country – all while working together on projects related to COVID-19. 

学生在他的芒克一个研讨会上,例如,与学生采取的公共政策过程,在技术和高等教育的墨西哥蒙特雷研究所讨论covid-19关于粮食安全,不平等和信任的影响,政府等议题意志的合作伙伴。主题将通过政策简报,照片散文,视频或专栏文章的英语和西班牙语来解决。 

“It’s tapping into inter-cultural teamwork, and it’s also tapping into contemporary issues that span different national settings and, finally, it taps into [students’] creative side,” Wong said. 

“他们将与学生们在不同的国家,已与covid一个完全不同的体验来进行交互。这是一两件事,了解墨西哥对covid-19的消息响应;这是一种完全不同的体验时,你可以了解它,并用谁其实都是通过它的学生生活在墨西哥的讨论“。 

Elsewhere at the university, some professors have already reached out to students – well before classes even begin – to ensure their first year at U of T gets off to a strong start. 

随着他的同事 马里奥 巴德尔, 刘大卫, a teaching stream professor in the department of computer science in the Faculty of Arts & Science, created a summer prep course on 栎 to help incoming first-year students enrolled in a Foundations of 计算机科学 course get up to speed and become acquainted with the department. That includes introducing them to student clubs and other resources that are designed to help them find their feet on campus. 

When it comes to teaching online, Liu says he and 巴德尔 will continue in the department’s longstanding tradition of encouraging “active learning,” which goes well beyond delivering lectures. 

“Lecturing for a full hour or two is tough enough on a student in person,” Liu says. “It’s even harder on Zoom.” 

相反,刘说,他的类通常会分裂成的在10分钟的迷你讲座,用专用于如分析程序代码,写代码,并与合作伙伴数学证明的工作活动上的时间休息。如果学生陷在一个概念或问题,他们可以有自己的问题,迅速回答了在网上聊天室进入他们的问题,监测由TA的实时性。 

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刘大卫, a teaching stream professor in the department of computer science, helped create a summer prep course for incoming students to get them up to speed on the subject and acquainted with the department.

Active learning is also critical for the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education’s 戴维·弗罗斯特. 从来没有一个 鼓励学生通过动手活动,如设计程序的锻炼对现实生活的客户学习讲座在一块黑板,助理教授桥梁的理论和实践在他的课程前的长度。 

霜冻,谁记录完成的学生设计的锻炼身体的自己的视频,并将其上传到YouTube的类来批判,计划采取类似的动态的教学方法,今年秋天。 

“I guess the way we’re viewing this is there are actually things you can do online that you can’t do in person,” says Frost. “This is an opportunity to learn in different ways.” 

从他的介绍运动学课程,更先进的研讨会,霜说,转向网络会与一些额外的学生。例如,霜冻和他的合作导师计划制作播客特色的客座专家将讨论谁相关的课程教练哲学等话题。他还预留了每周两小时以上变焦,要求学生设计练习会话,并把它付诸实践团体活动:不需要特殊的健身器材。 

Another activity may involve a group workout; still another will take students through conducting a physical assessment. 

“Every week is going to be different,” Frost says. 

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