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Academic Toolbox

Publisher integrations

September 8, 2014

A number of instructors at UofT are interested in using various teaching and learning tools produced by various publishers, especially for assessment activities. In many cases, instructors have asked us to integrate those tools into our overall educational technology ecosystem. Integrating a third-party tool has many layers of complexity – technical integration, integration with our … Read More

Growing our Teaching Technology Toolbox at UofT

August 6, 2014

Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are evident throughout the University of Toronto. People at UofT are constantly discovering (or sometimes building) and evaluating new applications that enhance teaching and support student learning. While instructors try out apps, websites and services that may be appropriate for their own teaching contexts, there are overall institutional contexts … Read More

Portal Upgrade and Thanks

May 9, 2014

Dear Colleagues, As most of you know, this weekend we will be doing an upgrade to the core software that underlies the University’s Portal (referred to by some as “blackboard”). First, I want to thank everyone who has been working on planning and testing for this upgrade. There are, of course, the staff in our … Read More

News: UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning

October 8, 2013

Check out UTSC’s CTL Educational Technology News “CTL’s Ed Tech team supports teaching and learning with technology at UTSC including Blackboard support, WebOption Lecturecasting, Test Scanning Services, Presentation Skills, iClickers, and more. This occasional newsletter features news, events and information related to those programs and services, and highlights interesting emerging educational technologies.”

MEMO: Turnitin Integration

October 1, 2013

This memo originally appears at: ______________________________ PDAD&C #17 2013-14 To:    PDAD&C From:     Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students & First-Entry Divisions Date:    September 10, 2013 RE:    Update on the University of Toronto’s license Overview is an electronic resource that assists in the detection and deterrence of plagiarism. It is widely used by universities … Read More

News: Turnitin Renewal

January 9, 2013

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 … Read More

News: Acquisition of Webinar/Webconferencing Solution

December 14, 2012

Official Memo at: We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Bb Collaborate software as an institutional Webinar/Webconferencing solution. Collaborate allows for the creation of live (synchronous) “virtual” classrooms and meetings, where participants can remotely access audio, video, presentations, whiteboards, live polling and shared desktops, among other features. Virtual rooms have been gaining … Read More

News: Acquisition of an institutional Lecture Capture and Live Webcasting solution

September 25, 2012

Memo also  available on-line at PDAD&C#13, 2012-13 To:     PDAD&C From:   Dr. Avi Hyman, Director, Academic & Collaborative Technologies Date:   September 21, 2012 Re:     Acquisition of an institutional Lecture Capture and Live Webcasting solution We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Echo360 software as an institutional Lecture/Video Capture and Live Webcasting solution. Echo360 … Read More

Resources: Repositories of Digital Learning Resources

May 3, 2012

I am very happy to post a link to a fabulous site developed by my colleagues in the University of Toronto Libraries. The Learning Objects and Open Courseware site is a selective list of major repositories of learning objects and open courseware that can be used in classroom teaching and online learning environments. Learning objects … Read More

News: Access the Learning Portal with your Mobile Device!

April 3, 2012

We are happy to announce that you can now access our Learning Portal through your mobile device! The Blackboard Mobile Learn app enables students to receive course notifications and updates to course content from their mobile device. The app can be used with both wireless and cellular networks. While Mobile Learn is not intended to … Read More