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We’ve Moved (virtually)

January 21, 2020

As of today, our team has started using the ServiceNow platform for support as part of the larger Enterprise Service Centre initiative (ESC). Here’s a little video on how UofT people can ask for help (or find useful help documents) via the new system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTJDIvMw4D8 And of course, you can still just send us an … Read More

Educational Technology Related Guidelines

September 17, 2019

An esteemed colleague at another Ontario university recently asked colleagues about educational technology policies.  “I am curious about the educational technology policies (for students and faculty) that people have in place at your respective institutions. Policies or mechanisms around such things as procurement, tech requirements for students, adoption of new tech, etexts, institutionally supported versus … Read More

What Teaching & Learning Tools Are You Using?

May 9, 2019

As we approach one year on Quercus, we’ve begun to look at the other (other than the LMS) teaching and learning tools in use at our school. My colleague, Vahideh Rahnama, the project control analyst on our team, has been doing some research – looking at what other universities are doing (particularly other schools who … Read More

From Portal to Quercus: By The Numbers

April 15, 2019

Overall Summary Every year around this time, we take stock of the past year’s activities. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a look at the Portal to Quercus transition by the numbers. When we set out, our target was to have approximately 5,000 active courses for Fall … Read More

Great stuff keeps coming – the Quercus Student Blog

March 1, 2019

If you haven’t book-marked the Quercus Student Blog yet, you definitely should – it’s a great sources of information and ideas – ostensibly for and by students – but in actuality, it’s great for everyone at UofT. Check it out here: https://qstudents.utoronto.ca/category/blog/

Pages vs Modules

February 27, 2019

Our colleagues in our Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering have developed a lovely and helpful document explaining the differences between Pages and Modules in Quercus. As they write, “In Canvas/Quercus, a Module is a way to organize and display course content. They are buckets that hold any number of different types of elements – … Read More

Quercus Support Site

October 1, 2018

The wonderful members of the ACT support team in the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation have put together a fabulous new Quercus Support Site with the collaboration of educational technology professional colleagues from all around the University. Check it out!

Welcome to September

September 1, 2018

Welcome to September.  Quercus is now the University of Toronto’s new online teaching and learning environment. You can read all about support and training opportunities on our Toolbox project website.

Student Quercus Blog

August 18, 2018

The team has launched a website (blog) for students and by students, all about our new Learning environment – Quercus – check out the first post here: https://qstudents.utoronto.ca/quercus-theres-an-app-for-that/

Quercus Training

June 1, 2018