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Technical Issues

Portal Downtime Dec. 20 – Dec. 23

November 27, 2013

Please note that the Portal (Blackboard) will be down for maintenance on the weekend immediately after the end of the current semester, Dec. 20 – Dec 23. For full details and updates, please visit the Portal System Status Page <>

Our Presentation about the UofT Mobile App

July 18, 2013

In our CANHEIT session, we showed our app, discussed the processes we are using to manage it, and engaged attendees in some brainstorming about the pros and cons of this approach. The session was recorded and can be viewed here:

R&D Day @ ACT – RaspberryPI

April 12, 2013

Just wanted to give a quick shout-out to some of the folks from the ACT and CTSI groups here at UofT – they are doing some cool R&D work with a RaspberryPI today – thinking about things like educational gaming and digital signage, among other things. (Below) Team members Mike, Marco and Ryan discuss the … Read More

LMS Evaluation Checklist

March 18, 2013

In early 2013, we set out to find some LMS evaluation tools and checklists we could use to assess Open Course / MOOC platforms. We found several good ones (thank you to those who posted them publicly). We combined them into this single checklist of about 250 items, and we now given it back to … Read More

Portal: New Storage over the Summer

June 6, 2012

A note from Jeremy Graham, Manager, Learning Systems Operations “Hi All. I don’t know whether it’s common knowledge that we’ll be adding a considerable amount of new storage to the Portal infrastructure over the course of the summer. This is driven by a few things, primary among which, of course, is that user content on … Read More

News: Learning Portal Upgrade May 11 & 12, 2012

May 10, 2012

A quick note from Jeremy Graham regarding the upgrade to our Learning Portal on May 11 and 12, 2012. _______________________ Hi All. Just a reminder that our scheduled upgrade of the Blackboard Learn software that underlies the Portal will commence just shortly after midnight tonight. We will be out of service for the duration, and … Read More

Portal: Outages on April 17 and 18

April 18, 2012

Once again, please accept my sincere apologies if you have had trouble accessing the Learning Portal yesterday and/or today (April 17 and 18). I can assure you that we would never intentionally take down the Portal, especially without prior notice, and especially not during exam time. As I’ve reported here before, we have been having … Read More

Update: Learning Portal Issues in February and March

March 22, 2012

Since Feb. 17th, users of our Learning Portal have had to deal with a series of unexpected ‘outages’ for our Learning Portal. First of all, as the person ultimately responsible for this system, please let me extend my apologies for any difficulties, and let me assure you that the entire team is working very hard … Read More

Technical: UofT eMail

August 15, 2011

Posted on Behalf of Colleagues in UofT Network Services. Spammers have been targeting members of the UofT Community with sophisticated phishing attacks for the last few weeks by pretending to be a legitimate UofT service asking for your UofT ID and password via email directly, or via an email directing you to a disguised website. … Read More

Reading: Accessibility, Assistive & Inclusive Technologies & Education

August 12, 2011

This item is based on a conversation at Ontario Universities’ Council on e-Learning (OUCEL) Summer Institute (Conference site: ) (Conference Twitter Flow:!/search?q=#oucel11) Are your school’s website & apps (including your LMS) accessible? Here are some links:​ch?v=YHXSWQvV39k http://www.universalsubtit​ __________