The University of Toronto (U of T) is one of the world’s great universities, distinguished by an extraordinary depth and breadth of excellence. U of T’s global outlook and cosmopolitan location in one of the world’s great cities provide students with a transformative educational experience, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to navigate our rapidly changing world. The University is committed to exploring ways to leverage emerging educational technologies in support of high quality and flexible academic programming and learning opportunities. The University’s broad engagement with technologies-enhanced learning opportunities is focused on supporting a range of pedagogical approaches and open course platforms, leveraging the use of MOOC and other open educational resources and materials through integration into U of T degree program courses, and showcasing the University’s capacity as a leading institution for teaching, learning and research.
Joseph Wong is interim Vice-President, International, the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. He also held the Canada Research Chair in Health, Democracy, and Development for two terms from 2006 to 2016. He is the author of many academic articles and several books, including Healthy Democracies: Welfare Politics in Taiwan and South Korea and Betting on Biotech: Innovation and the Limits of Asia’s Developmental State, both published by Cornell University Press. Inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals, in collaboration with the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, Professor Wong developed the Reach Alliance, a model for student-led, faculty-driven, multi-disciplinary research dedicated to investigating the pathways to success for innovative development programs that are reaching the world’s most marginalized populations: http://reachalliance.org/what-is-reach. He is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Vice-Provost, Academic Programs, University of Toronto
Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, University of Toronto
Executive Committee member, Global MOOC Alliance
Professor Susan McCahan is the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education (VPIUE) and the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs (VPAP) at the University of Toronto. She has previously served as Vice-Dean, Undergraduate and First-Year Chair in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. She is a full professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
As VPIUE, her portfolio focuses on the quality of the undergraduate academic experience, supporting both traditional and new forms of teaching, and she oversees the University’s Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation. As VPAP, she leads the University’s quality assurance process for undergraduate and graduate programs and is the Provost’s Office contact for divisional academic planning, cross-Faculty interdisciplinary initiatives, and University-wide academic policy matters.
She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of contributions to engineering education and is the recipient of several major teaching awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the Medal of Distinction in Engineering Education from Engineers Canada.