Event: Educational Technology Workshop

From Harpreet Dhariwal in our Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering:

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering’s Teaching Methods and Resources Committee invites you to the Faculty’s 1st Annual Educational Technology Workshop.

This workshop is FREE of charge to members of the U of T community interested in Educational technology. Coffee/snacks and a light lunch will be provided and registered attendees will qualify to win a Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet PC  generously donated by Dell Canada.

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch and snacks will be provided).
Location: Lassonde Mining Building (170 College Street) in room MB 128.

To review the full agenda and register online please visit: http://uoft.me/et11

Designed for educators across the University of Toronto, this full-day event features some of the University’s leaders in educational technology. Our goal is that you will leave this workshop with a better understanding of innovations in teaching technology, best practices and the University’s technology initiatives. This free workshop is also a great opportunity to network with colleagues who share an interest in educational technology.
We look forward to seeing you on May 5.

Kind Regards,
Harpreet Dhariwal
| Instructional Technology Specialist
Faculty of Applied Science + Engineering | University of Toronto
Mailing Address:
35 St. George Street | Toronto | Ontario | M5S 1A4
harpreet.dhariwal@utoronto.ca   | www.engineering.utoronto.ca
Tel 416.978.1234 | Fax 416.978-1866


Documentation: End of Term Reminders

The end of term is coming, so Saira Rachel Mall, Educational Technology Liaison in the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) reminds us that instructors should be backing up their Blackboard course shells. See below for relevant links.

Download a copy of the Grade Center:

Create a backup copy of your course web site:
(a) Export a Course:
(b) Archive a Course


Project Update: Blackboard Software Upgrade May 13/14

From Saira Rachel Mall, Educational Technology Liaison,
Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)

Blackboard Upgrade: May 13 – 14, 2011.

The University of Toronto will upgrade Blackboard to version 9.1 (the most current version) on May 13th and 14th, 2011.

The new version includes several new features as well as a large number of bug fixes. The upgrade will be applied to our existing system, so all existing courses will continue to function in the new version. No migration will be required by Instructors. Feature documentation will be forthcoming on our Documentation and Help site. New tools include Wikis, Textbook information, Mashups, Lesson Plan and Rubrics. Enhancements have been made to the Grade Center and the Content Collection.

Visit the Blackboard Version 9.1: What’s New Web Page

Download a print copy Blackboard 9.1: What’s New PDF

Blackboard Version 9.1: What’s New Session (coming soon!)

Watch the video We’re Upgrading to Blackboard 9.1 created by UTM Library


Project Update: Portal/LMS Hardware Upgrade

This is just a quick note to let folks know that the technical team for our Learning Portal / Learning Management System (Blackboard) is starting the process of planning for a late-spring early-summer hardware upgrade. This process is independent of our software upgrade plans (click here for more details on the software upgrade in May). Community members should not experience any significant disruption when the hardware is upgraded. Our goal for the hardware upgrade is to improve the performance and reliability of our LMS. Thank you.