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Professional Development for CECLs

The Chang School is committed to supporting our continuing education contract lecturers (CECLs) in the development and enhancement of their teaching skills, particularly as they relate to continuous and online learning. Under the leadership of our Teaching and Learning Lead and with the input from our CECL Advisory Group and The Chang School Teaching and Learning Committee, The Chang School offers workshops and events on topics that address the needs of our teaching and learning community in addition to events offered by Toronto Metropolitan’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Reminders about professional development opportunities will be sent via email to CECLs throughout each term.

EVENTS FOR 2022-2023

Building a Culture of Academic Integrity in Online Learning Environments 

This workshop will focus on the complexities surrounding academic integrity and explore strategies and resources that instructors can use to build a culture of integrity with their students.

As a participant, you will engage in practical, collaborative activities, which involve:

  • comparing definitions of academic integrity
  • reframing perspectives on academic integrity
  • role playing instructor–student conversations in academic misconduct scenarios and brainstorming ways to prevent the scenarios from happening
  • discussing specific actions to take to support and encourage academic integrity

Each participant will leave the workshop with a working draft of a personal academic integrity action plan to help inform future teaching.

Technical note: To promote and respect open discussion and experimentation, the workshop will not be recorded.

Facilitator bios:

John Murray is a Learning Experience Designer in The Chang School’s LXDLab, whose goal is to develop and promote inclusive, purposeful, sustainable, and transformative digital experiences and spaces for and with continuous learners. He is committed to taking a holistic approach to challenging issues facing online learning and finding ways to build caring communities of learning for instructors and students. 

Allyson Miller is an Academic Integrity Specialist in the Office of the Vice Provost, Academic. With over a decade of experience supporting faculty instruction and student success, her passion for academic integrity stems from her deep belief in the value of learning.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Zoom (Registrants will receive a link prior to the event.) 

RSVP for workshop 

Please RSVP by August 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact

New CECL Orientation 

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education New CECL Orientation provides you the opportunity to: 

  • Meet The Chang School staff
  • Listen to peers share their experiences at The Chang School
  • Understand course management responsibilities 
  • Identify Chang School and university support services to assist you in your teaching 
  • Be introduced to D2L and some of its key features

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m. 

WHERE: via Zoom (Registered participants will receive a link closer to the date.) 

RSVP for CECL Orientation

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 7, 2022. For questions for more information, please contact Teaching Support Services at 

TALO - Teaching Adult Learners Online

As part of our commitment to offering high-quality learning and teaching experiences, we continuously strive to support our CECLs in their teaching. As such, The Chang School offers Teaching Adult Learners Online – a professional development course that is anchored in research and expertise gained through many years of experience designing and providing digital education at Toronto Metropolitan University. TALO provides participants with the opportunity to advance their skills in online pedagogy, effective use of technology and course management practices. TALO’s highly interactive online modules are designed to create opportunities for CECLs to immerse themselves in learning experiences as both student and instructor, and to experiment with tools and learning strategies while being supported by seasoned online facilitators, technical staff, and peers.

Upon successful completion of the required work, participants will receive a Recognition of Completion Award from The Chang School.

Dates: August 15 - September 11, 2022 

Duration: 4 weeks

Register for TALO Fall 2022

If you have any questions, please contact


There are four interactive and highly engaging learning modules:
• Module 1: Online Teaching and Learning Experience
• Module 2: Assessment in Online Environments
• Module 3: Designing and Developing Online Learning Content for Engagment
• Module 4: Facilitating an Effective Online Learning Experience

Participant Testimonials

“The instructors have always been outstanding, and the content is always very interesting. There is also usually a great use of different learning tools such as readings, videos, audio, etc.”
•  “This course not only satisfied my expectations for an instructional course with respect to online learning, it thoroughly exceeded these expectations in every way. I would not only recommend the TALO program to instructors or contract lecturers who are new to online learning, but I would also recommend the program to individuals who may have experience teaching online but would like the opportunity to refresh their knowledge, or take advantage of its extensive resources in order to expand their skill set in this particular area.”
•  “Upon completion of TALO, I gained two perspectives, one as the instructor and one as the student. As an instructor, I was able to observe varied instructional practices of the TALO facilitator. As a participant, I took on the role of a student, thus gaining insight into a student’s online experience. I strongly recommend TALO for new and seasoned online instructors to further enhance their online instructional skills.”
•  “Even though I taught for close to ten years and have facilitated countless online courses I was surprised how much I gained from the course. I found the four week-long modules to be very well-designed and thorough. The lecture material that was facilitated by experienced instructors provided a very good mix of theory and hands-on practice. Each module contained several activities that not only tested your knowledge of the material but challenged you in a fun and interactive manner. The TALO course would provide a great set of teaching skills and knowledge to beginners, as well as experienced instructors, regardless of how many years of experience someone has teaching online.”

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