Category: Renewal

Dr. Kimberley MacKinnon

I am pleased to let the community know that Dr. Kimberley MacKinnon has accepted a formal role to work with the ACT group, providing us with ongoing scholarly input, expertise and analysis, particularly around the Academic Toolbox Renewal initiative (http://toolboxrenewal.act.utoronto.ca)

UofT Joins IMS Global

Very happy to share the news that our school has joined the IMS Global Consortium. IMS Global is a nonprofit organization that advances technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. IMS members are leading suppliers, institutions

Pedagogical Principles in the Toolbox Common Criteria

One of the interesting items of feedback we received on the Academic Toolbox Renewal site went like this: “The criteria are exceedingly thin on pedagogical guiding principles. No effort seems to be put into the adequate mapping of degree learning

Tool Monoculture

NB: Opinion ahead; proceed with caution 😉   I have a wonderful colleague, Sian Meikle, Director of Information Technology for the University of Toronto Libraries. Sian uses a wonderful meme – “tool monoculture” – the idea that there is a

App Store Analogy for Toolbox Renwal

I was in a meeting yesterday, and we were talking about the Toolbox Renewal, and trying to think of other analogies that may help folks understand the objective. Perhaps the relationship between a mobile operating system and mobile apps is

Renewal Thoughts: The Metaphor of the Vestibule

I have been to many committee meetings and had numerous other conversations about the Toolbox Renewal initiative, and I am thoroughly enjoying those (especially being pushed to think about new ideas). At one recent meeting, an instructor asked an important,

Provostial Guidelines on Digital Learning Materials

About a month ago, our Office of the Vice-President and Provost issued new Provostial Guidelines on the Use of Digital Learning Materials in response to provincial government’s revised Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines. Please find the Provostial Guidelines

Academic Toolbox Renewal Initiative

The Academic Toolbox Renewal Initiative is now in full swing! The University of Toronto’s enterprise education technology ecosystem (our ‘Academic Technology Toolbox’) has grown organically over the past several years. At times services and solutions have been added in an

Interesting article about LMS adoption

For those interested in the LMS world, here’s an interesting little article: http://edutechnica.com/2014/09/23/lms-data-the-first-year-update/

Publisher integrations

A number of instructors at UofT are interested in using various teaching and learning tools produced by various publishers, especially for assessment activities. In many cases, instructors have asked us to integrate those tools into our overall educational technology ecosystem.

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