Introducing Innovatus, a new teaching and learning edition of YFile

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Innovatus!

Innovatus is a special edition of YFile. Each month, Innovatus will explore how York University community members are expanding experiential learning, enhancing the student experience, inspiring innovation in technology-enhanced learning and embracing educational development.

Will Gage

“Great things in teaching and learning are happening across York University. But a challenge at an institution as large as York University is found in trying to communicate about and celebrate them. We hope that Innovatus helps our community bridge this challenge,” said Will Gage, associate vice-president, teaching & learning.

“In this and every issue to follow, you will read amazing stories about successes (and some challenges) in our teaching and learning. Faculty members are trying new approaches in their teaching, and you’ll read about how engaged the students are; you’ll read about a student whose internship resulted in a job before she even graduated! I hope you enjoy this inaugural issue of Innovatus and more, I hope that you find yourself inspired,” said Gage.

The first issue of Innovatus offers a compelling look into how a short story collection inspired a York University professor to offer her students a new perspective on chronic illness using the arts as a medium. There’s a newsworthy article that shows York University’s leadership role in launching the first-ever eLearning online community of practice website for educational developers in Ontario. A thought-provoking feature offers insight into one student’s internship experience. A candid first-person essay profiles the personal and professional transition that one professor made when she balanced her roles as an educational developer and professor.

Launched Feb. 24, going forward Innovatus will publish on the third Friday of every month during the academic year. The publication is produced by the Office of the Associate Vice-President Teaching & Learning in partnership with Communications & Public Affairs.

We are always looking for unique story ideas. Share your experience with us through the Innovatus story form, which is available at

Thank you for reading!