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Notice: LMS Upgrade on Friday, July 29, 2011

July 28, 2011

Scheduled maintenance will take place on the Portal this Friday afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. During this time our database server will be moved to upgraded hardware. The Portal will be *unavailable* for the entire duration of the maintenance period. Service may resume earlier if work is completed more rapidly than planned. We apologize … Read More

Project Update: Blackboard Update Tonight

May 12, 2011

Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 10:12 am »   Reminder – Blackboard Upgrade Starts Tonight! The University of Toronto will upgrade Blackboard to version 9.1 beginning at 12:01 a.m. on May 13th, 2011. The upgrade is scheduled to be completed not later than 11:59 p.m. on May 14th, 2011. Please note that Blackboard will be … Read More

Documentation: End of Term Reminders

April 12, 2011

The end of term is coming, so Saira Rachel Mall, Educational Technology Liaison in the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) reminds us that instructors should be backing up their Blackboard course shells. See below for relevant links. Download a copy of the Grade Center: Create a backup copy of your course web … Read More

Project Update: Blackboard Software Upgrade May 13/14

From Saira Rachel Mall, Educational Technology Liaison, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) Blackboard Upgrade: May 13 – 14, 2011. The University of Toronto will upgrade Blackboard to version 9.1 (the most current version) on May 13th and 14th, 2011. The new version includes several new features as well as a large number of … Read More

Project Update: Portal/LMS Hardware Upgrade

April 6, 2011

This is just a quick note to let folks know that the technical team for our Learning Portal / Learning Management System (Blackboard) is starting the process of planning for a late-spring early-summer hardware upgrade. This process is independent of our software upgrade plans (click here for more details on the software upgrade in May). … Read More

Feedback: Form Scanning

March 21, 2011

We are starting to look at a new topic, and we’d like to hear from anyone interested … form scanning (a.k.a. Scantron services). So far we have identified 7 departments at UofT that have form scanners that are primarily used for academic purposes (test scoring, evaluations, etc.). A number of issues have arisen, and we … Read More

Project Update: Portal (Blackboard) Upgrade

March 4, 2011

From Jeremy Graham, Technical Manager for Blackboard Learning System Operations: “In what has become an annual event, staff from CTSI and I+TS will be performing an upgrade on the University’s Blackboard Learn portal ( on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th 2011. The upgrade will bring Blackboard up to the most recent, and now … Read More