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“Integrate” service launches

May 10, 2016

For the past few years, UofT has been working towards a new model of deploying educational technologies, and the ‘new idea’ recommendation service called Integrate allows instructors, students and staff to suggest ideas, and then allows other members of the community to show their support for those ideas by casting a ‘like vote.’ Read more about … Read More

Janice Patterson to Provide Leadership Around LME ‘Test Drives’

April 11, 2016

For several months, the University has been working towards issuing an RFP for a Learning Management Engine, a core piece of our Academic Toolbox Renewal Initiative. A key process of the LME RFP will be a chance for members of the UofT community to “test drive” a select number of solutions that make it through … Read More

Portal Integrations (aka new teaching tools)

February 4, 2016

Portal Integrations extend the functionality of the Academic Toolbox (LMS) used at the University of Toronto. They add new tools and capabilities to the system. Integrations may allow access to vendor content, extend grading or assignment capabilities, or provide an alternative to existing services. New Integrations come out all the time and many faculty are … Read More

Fake Blackboard Prompts

November 6, 2015

Please share widely We have been alerted to attempts by hackers to target UofT students with fake “Blackboard” prompts, which redirect to a fake Blackboard login page. This could include receiving an email that says you have an important course announcement or assignment due. The real UofT Blackboard can only be accessed via the UTORWeblogin … Read More

Crowdmark @ UofT

May 15, 2015

Crowdmark is a collaborative online grading and analytics platform available over the Internet. Crowdmark workflow provides efficiency gains in exam administration, grading, data recording and analysis, returning exams and handling regrade requests, and data visualizations of student performance. The University of Toronto has a new agreement with Crowdmark that makes the tool available via our … Read More

Portal Scheduled Maintenance – May 8 – 10, 2015

May 4, 2015

As previously circulated, please be advised that there will be a scheduled maintenance on Portal from 10:00PM on Friday May 8, 2015 to 10:00 PM on Sunday May 10, 2015. Portal service will be unavailable during the maintenance period. Further information will be posted to UofT System Status during and/or after the upgrade as required.

Varsity article about the Portal

January 13, 2015

Various issues related to the Portal were recently reported in The Varsity. Here’s a link to the article fyi: Out of Order: Outages, maintenance plaque Blackboard during exam season http://thevarsity.ca/2015/01/12/out-of-order/  

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

Turnitin Integration in Portal Courses to be Discontinued May 9, 2014

The Turnitin Direct Assignment tool that is integrated in Portal courses will be discontinued as of Friday, May 9, 2014. We have encountered a technical difficulty with the tool that is causing interference with the overall functionality of the Portal. To avoid disruptions to the smooth functioning of the learning management system, we are disabling … Read More

The Portal on Sunday

April 7, 2014

As many of you know, many students who logged in to the Portal early on Sunday, April 6, couldn’t find their course websites. The Portal (known to some as Blackboard) was actually functioning perfectly. Unfortunately a glitch on another system was responsible for the ‘absent’ courses. Once the Portal support team figured that out, we … Read More