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Teachers voice concerns over parents interfering during online classes

In the News   |   January 19, 2021

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In the early days of the country’s unplanned foray into online learning last spring, Toronto mother Zabrina Rego got chastised by her child’s teacher for blurting out the answer to a question. The gaffe was... read more

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Remote learning advice from families and educators who’ve been online for months

In the News   |   January 18, 2021

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Parents in several parts of the country whose kids are moving from in-school instruction to remote learning from home as of Monday face a potentially steep learning curve. “Online learning is a completely different ballgame,”... read more

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We are all media now: the key skills we need

Research & Findings   |   January 14, 2021

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As 2020 disappears into the rear view and the world mutters ‘Good riddance’ we seek reasons for optimism and find one in Taiwan. There, Audrey Tang, the Digital Minister, presides over an innovative and effective... read more

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Students’ grades are dropping with shift to remote education as coronavirus pandemic takes toll

In the News   |   December 11, 2020

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Educators are growing concerned about the impact of a hybrid remote and in-class learning approach for high-school students as early reports from several parts of the country suggest a drop in academic performance. High-school education... read more

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Fascinating topics that are NOT about the virus

Research & Findings   |   December 9, 2020

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As the current annus horribilis groans to a merciful close, a distant light flickers at the end of this gloomy tunnel. It may be months away, but with remarkably successful vaccines seemingly in hand, the... read more

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Ontario to tie funding of universities and colleges to labour-market needs

In the News   |   November 27, 2020

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The Ontario government is moving ahead with performance-based funding for postsecondary institutions but will delay its implementation for another two years as schools deal with the impacts of the pandemic. The government said its goal... read more

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School shutdowns have put children up to eight months behind in reading, research indicates

In the News   |   November 26, 2020

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The abrupt spring shutdown of in-class learning left young students up to eight months behind in reading, according to early research findings that suggest children could lose more ground without focused lessons this school year.... read more

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Enrolment up at Canadian universities, mostly because of part-timers

In the News   |   November 24, 2020

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Despite fears that students would balk at courses held primarily online, enrolment at Canadian universities rose slightly in the fall term driven mainly by an increase in part-time students. But the national data gloss over... read more

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Education after COVID: some reasons for hope

Research & Findings   |   November 13, 2020

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For educators, COVID is all-encompassing. It lingers like an uninvited, obnoxious guest—the elephant in the room. Thus we are dedicating another column to what remains the predominant issue in education this year. Herewith a grab-bag... read more

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University of Toronto researcher awarded Canada’s top science prize

In the News   |   November 11, 2020

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A University of Toronto researcher who served as Ontario’s first and only chief scientist until Premier Doug Ford scrapped the position has been awarded Canada’s top science prize. Molly Shoichet, an expert in polymer chemistry... read more

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Students miss out and teachers feel overwhelmed as school boards blend in-person and virtual classes

In the News   |   November 2, 2020

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During the first month of online learning when school resumed this fall, Afrooz Cianfrone’s older son, Jobim, was thriving. But since his school board changed direction and required teachers to teach both in-person and remote... read more

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Coping with the stress of these extraordinary times

Research & Findings   |   October 15, 2020

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The strangest school year in the global history of education is underway. Stress levels among teachers and students are high and rising. In the face of a global pandemic, virtually every working teacher on earth... read more

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Parents, experts worry that online learning is exacerbating the digital divide

In the News   |   October 13, 2020

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When schools shut down last spring, Nero Persaud balanced working from home and her two children’s remote-learning needs by “playing musical chairs” with her older laptop and iPad. But after deciding to enrol her son... read more

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International students to be allowed into Canada as long as they have a 14 day quarantine plan

In the News   |   October 6, 2020

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Universities, colleges and language schools will soon be able to welcome thousands of new international students to Canada, even if many will still be studying primarily online. The decision to open the border to new... read more

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University of Toronto medical school to get record $250-million donation

In the News   |   September 24, 2020

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A $250-million gift to the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine will provide funding for a new centre for artificial intelligence in health care, support for underrepresented students and money to attract research talent. James... read more

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