News: MAD Lab

MEMO: January 28, 2013

Re: Mobile Application Development Lab Manager

I am pleased to announce that Mike Spears has joined the Academic & Collaborative Technologies team as our new Mobile Application Development Lab Manager, effective today, January 28, 2013.

Mike joins us from the Rotman School of Management, where he has been part of the Computing Services team for the past six years. Prior to working at Rotman, Mike was a member of the Information Commons. In addition to his work at UofT, Mike volunteers his time and technical expertise with the non-profit Toronto Design Offsite Festival, including authoring their official Festival mobile app.

In his new role, Mike will be working on a variety of projects, including setting up a student-centric mobile development lab on the St. George campus, facilitating collaboration between mobile labs across all three campuses, relationship management with various hardware and software vendors, working with instructors and departments to ensure UofT is at the forefront of teaching about mobile technologies, assisting clients in developing and deploying apps, and participating in the development of institutional and I+TS mobile applications.

Please join me in welcoming Mike. If you’d like more information on UofT’s emerging mobile strategies, please visit, or feel free to contact Mike directly – mike (dot) spears (at) utoronto (dot) ca


Event: Co-Curricular Record Town Halls

The Co-Curricular Record is an official U of T document that recognizes students’¬†school spirit, engagement and involvement as a significant part of their university experience.¬†The CCR provides a database of activities that allows you to search for opportunities outside of the classroom, and keep track of your accomplishments. It will be available to all University of Toronto students starting September 2013.

The CCR Team wants to hear from you on the development of the Co-Curricular Record. They will be holding Town Hall meetings on all three campuses. Please visit their website for a schedule of Town Halls and more information on the CCR:

News: Turnitin Renewal

From: Dr. Pamela Gravestock, Associate Director, CTSI
Subject: Renewal of Turnitin

We are pleased to announce that the University of Toronto has re-subscribed to Turnitin (plagiarism detection) as a fully-supported service. As before, the use of Turnitin by instructors at UofT is subject to our University’s Conditions of Use, including the right of students to opt out of submitting their work to the service.