O365 Clutter changes

From: Luke Sutherland
Academic & Collaborative Technology – Operations Group

It has come to our attention that a feature of the O365 mailbox (Clutter: https://blogs.office.com/2014/11/11/de-clutter-inbox-office-365/)  has been flagging some internal messages sent by the University as ‘clutter’. This means the message bypasses the inbox and is deposited in the “Clutter” folder. The tool is adaptive based on user activity and therefore customized to each user. Details of the algorithm are not known.

To prevent this we are putting some changes into production on the morning of June 2, 2016 (Thursday). Consultations with peer institutions suggest no appreciable impact on mail delivery performance from these changes.

If you have technical questions about this change specifically please contact email.ops@utoronto.ca

UofT News RSS Feed Change

If you’re using an RSS feed of U of T News top stories on your website please note the link has changed with the launch of the new site. The new RSS link to top stories is: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/rss/top-stories

– From S. Green, Director, Online Communications,
Digital Creative Services, University of Toronto Communications

Interesting Reading Part 2

Here are some more interesting reads that have crossed my desk. I certainly don’t agree with all the opinions, but it’s good to understand different perspectives:


Why Audrey Watters Thinks Tech Is a Trojan Horse Set to ‘Dismantle’ the Academy By Jeffrey R. Young May 18, 2016  http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Audrey-Watters-Thinks-Tech/236525

Innovation in Learning Spaces: How We Are Reinventing the Classroom
May 16, 2016 – by Mark Robbins http://www.conferenceboard.ca/topics/education/commentaries/16-05-16/innovation_in_learning_spaces_how_we_are_reinventing_the_classroom.aspx

6 Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Faculty and IT – Finding your own “unicorn” and other ways to create healthier relationships between academia and the IT department. By Michael Hart 03/10/16 https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/03/10/6-ways-to-bridge-the-gap-between-faculty-and-it.aspx

What’s Really to Blame for the Failures of Our Learning-Management Systems
By Michael Feldstein March 08, 2016  http://chronicle.com/article/What-s-Really-to-Blame-for/235620

Advancing Technology and Online Learning – An Ideal Match for the Future
TeachOnline Blog http://teachonline.ca/tools-trends/exploring-future-education/2016-look-future-online-learning-part-1

Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech
Posted Apr 8, 2016 by Sean O’Connor  http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/08/1301192/

Technology and the Imminent Disruption of Higher Education: Is Fear the Path to the Dark Side? by David Wheeler http://forum.academica.ca/forum/technology-and-the-imminent-disruption-of-higher-education-is-fear-the-path-to-the-dark-side

Tyler Cowen Says Online Professors Should Think Like Bloggers
By Jeffrey R. Young April 12, 2016  http://chronicle.com/article/Tyler-Cowen-Says-Online/236090

Scholars wary of technology ‘over-promising and under-delivering’-
McGraw-Hill Education chief executive says companies must work to allay ‘legitimate concerns’ of higher education staff April 14, 2016  By Chris Havergal

Only 1 in 5 Students Obtain All Learning Materials Legally  – A new study on student piracy makes a convincing case for open educational resources in higher education. By Sri Ravipati 04/13/16 https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/04/13/only-1-in-5-students-obtain-all-learning-materials-legally.aspx

“Integrate” service launches

For the past few years, UofT has been working towards a new model of deploying educational technologies, and the ‘new idea’ recommendation service called Integrate allows instructors, students and staff to suggest ideas, and then allows other members of the community to show their support for those ideas by casting a ‘like vote.’

Read more about it here: http://main.its.utoronto.ca/news/integrate-launches-at-uoft/

and visit the Integrate site here: http://integrate.act.utoronto.ca/