ITIF 2012 Now Open

From:   Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost

I am pleased to announce that funding is available for the next round of the ITIF (formerly the Instructional Technology Course Development Fund or ITCDF).

The ITIF is a fund which promotes technologies designed to improve teaching. It is funded by the Provost and administered by Academic & Collaborative Technology Initiatives, a partnership between the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), and Information + Technology Services (I+TS).

This year’s competition encourages initiatives that promote the enrichment and enhancement of Active and Collaborative Learning, although other kinds of projects will also considered.

For full details, please visit the ITIF website:


Portal: New Storage over the Summer

A note from Jeremy Graham, Manager, Learning Systems Operations

Hi All. I don’t know whether it’s common knowledge that we’ll be adding a considerable amount of new storage to the Portal infrastructure over the course of the summer. This is driven by a few things, primary among which, of course, is that user content on the system continues to grow by leaps and bounds. In fact, we’re currently at about 95% of capacity on the storage we currently have available for this purpose, which makes matters a little urgent.

In addition, we haven’t historically had enough storage to allow us to make our testing and disaster recovery replicas be complete copies. The new storage will now let us operate multiple replicas of the entire system.

However, integrating the new storage is going to require a lot of work, and will lead to some unavoidable downtime. Fortunately we can roll any outages into the regular Friday night 6:00 – 8:00 window. So the main point of this note is to flag that you should expect scheduled downtime on Friday nights for the next several weeks, starting this week. We will of course continue to announce the outages on a weekly basis, specifically on the Systems Status <> blog.