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MADLab in the News

September 16, 2015

Check out this Varsity article about student app developers at UofT, and includes a bit about Mike Spears and the MADLab:  

Dr. Kimberley MacKinnon

September 8, 2015

I am pleased to let the community know that Dr. Kimberley MacKinnon has accepted a formal role to work with the ACT group, providing us with ongoing scholarly input, expertise and analysis, particularly around the Academic Toolbox Renewal initiative ( and tool integration process. Dr. MacKinnon will provide the team with scholarly guidance as we … Read More

Shout out to ACT Staff

September 2, 2015

I just want to give a quick shout-out to ACT staff who won some awards at yesterday’s University Operations Annual Staff Achievement Awards ceremony. In particular, ACT members were part of two winning Outstanding Staff Team Award groups – the Lamp Server Compromise Response Team and the Learning Technologies Interoperability team. You can read more … Read More

Next Generation Enterprise Web Services Project

August 28, 2015

Last year we began an analysis of our enterprise web hosting services. What we determined was that our current enterprise web hosting services are out of date and don’t reflect current needs and the way in which divisional web services have developed at our University. Moving forward, we want to move away from sites that … Read More

UofT Joins IMS Global

Very happy to share the news that our school has joined the IMS Global Consortium. IMS Global is a nonprofit organization that advances technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. IMS members are leading suppliers, institutions and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and … Read More

Armin Krauss Joins ACT

From Marco Di Vitorio, Manager, ACT Application Administration I’m pleased to announce that Armin Krauss will be joining the ACT Operations team on August 31st. Armin will be managing the environment for the University homepage collection as well as supporting the design, development and ongoing operation of our next generation web services offerings. Armin’s academic … Read More

Melvin Chien Joins ACT

From Saira Mall, Manager, ACT Support I am delighted to announce that Melvin Chien has joined the ACT Support team as Faculty Liaison, Technology. As a frontline member of the ACT Support team, Melvin will provide direct support, training and documentation development for Portal Help, and on the use of academic and collaborative technologies. Melvin … Read More

Mariana Jardim to join ACT

July 10, 2015

From: Saira Mall, Manager, ACT Support Dear Colleagues, I am very pleased to announce that Mariana Jardim will be joining the ACT Support team as Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning and Technology on Monday July 13th.  Mariana will develop, deliver and assess CTSI programming on academic and collaborative technologies, consult with faculty and provide feedback on … Read More

Watch Apple Developer Conference Keynote on campus

June 4, 2015

From my colleague Mike Spears over at the MADLab: —————————- Hi Folks, Once again this year we are inviting UofT students, staff and faculty to join together to watch that most amazing of events – the Apple Developer Conference Keynote. This is where exciting new product announcements happen, and even more inspiring for app developers … Read More

Turnitin DDoS

March 13, 2015

This week, we were informed by Turnitin that they have been subject to a Denial of Service attack. To quote from Turnitin’s memo: “Turnitin has been the target of an extensive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack with the intent of taking down the service. A DDoS attack tries to overload the connection to our servers, rendering … Read More