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Avi Hyman

Welcome, I'm Avi Hyman, Director of Academic & Collaborative Technologies for the University of Toronto. Please contact me if you have any questions or thoughts about academic technologies, eLearning, teaching online or other similar topics.


My name is Avi Hyman and I am the University of Toronto’s Director of Academic & Collaborative Technologies, and Institutional Strategist for Academic Technologies in the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (the University of Toronto's faculty development group).

I am an anthropologist with a doctoral degree from OISE. For the past couple of decades I have been fortunate to have positions which have allowed me to both think strategically about technology in higher education, and also have the opportunity to actualize ideas on an operational day-to-day level. Prior to taking on that kind of role for the University of Toronto as a whole, I served as director of academic technology for the Faculty of Medicine, and before that OISE.

Functionally, I am responsible for providing strategic and tactical leadership in the development and implementation of information technology services that support the academic mission of Canada’s largest university, and one of the top ten universities in the world.

I am working with faculty, students, academic administrators, and teaching support and instructional technology units to advance the University’s academic mission and in particular, its commitment to teaching.

There is also a certain duality in my current position. I am working as part of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI), as well as part of the University of Toronto’s CIO's Office, in the central university’s Information and Technology Services (I+TS) portfolio.

When time permits, I teach (as an associate faculty member in the Department of Theory & Policy Studies in Education) and do some research; my last project over the summer involved geotagging old manhole covers in Toronto and connecting the metadata to historical records of urban development found in the City Archives and UofT Map Library. Ask me why if you are curious :)

Specialties

Thinking Outside the Box and Brokering Relationships. Please contact me if you have any questions or thoughts about academic technologies, eLearning, teaching online or anything else for that matter :)

Avi Hyman's Background

Avi Hyman's Experience

Director of Academic & Collaborative Technologies at University of Toronto

September 2010

See full summary above. Coincident with serving as Director of Academic & Collaborative Technologies, I also serve as Institutional Strategist for Academic Technology with UofT's Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (our faculty development group) - http://www.teaching.utoronto.ca

Associate Faculty, Theory & Policy Studies in Education, OISE at University of Toronto

June 2000

Courses Taught: Teacher Education Seminar, Initial Teacher Education; Technology for Teachers, Initial Teacher Education; Administration of Technology in Higher Education; The Computer in Educational Administration; The History of Educational Technology; The Internet and Cyberspace: Issues of Access and Control; Computers in the Classroom - Part Two.

Independent Writer / Journalist / Editor at Various Publications

1987 - 2012

I have been writing articles and editing publications, either on assignment, or by invitation, for a variety of different traditional print and online journals, newspapers and magazines, for the past 25 years. I have also been contracted to assist several publications in the digitization of their editorial and production processes.

Director, Academic Technology, Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto

July 2005 - August 2010

Administratively, as the Director (Academic) of the Discovery Commons for the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, A.J. Hyman managed a diverse team of educators and technical specialists who worked with Health Sciences instructors, researchers, and students on realizing their academic goals through technology, where appropriate. With a senior administrative role within the largest school of medicine in Canada, and by extension, a senior administrative role in University of Toronto as a whole, Dr. Hyman, lead a team that provided support to research initiatives and classroom teaching, including teaching online. The position required an extensive range of skills, from policy creation and implementation, to change management and financial accountability. http://www.discoverycommons.ca

Director, Academic Technology, OISE (Education Commons) at University of Toronto

1996 - June 2005

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ec

Avi Hyman's Education

University of Toronto

1982 – 2000

B.Sc., M.A., Ed.D.

Concentration: Anthropology, Education


University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

2000 – -

Certificate

Concentration: Leadership Advancement Program (LEAP)


Avi Hyman's Interests & Activities

Educational Technology, Higher Education, eLearning

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