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Bb A quick setup guide for OISE faculty - Getting Started with Blackboard
UofT Blackboard support - Blackboard Overview
Online Webinar in your course - Blackboard Collaborate
New features for 2016 - Inline Grading


Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation » Upcoming Events

UofTCenter for Teaching Support & Innovation at UofT (CTSI)

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) is a hub for teaching and learning at the University of Toronto. They serve instructors, graduate students and teaching assistants (through the Teaching Assistant’s Training Program – TATP), on all three campuses, providing leadership and support on all teaching related and student engagement issues. Visit the About CTSI page to learn more about their services and expertise and how they support U of T instructors and staff with teaching and learning related issues. At CTSI, teaching matters.

End of Semester Course Reminders

Remember, it is always good practice to download and save a backup copy of your Blackboard Portal course information, including any Grade Centre data you may have entered.

  1. DOWNLOAD a copy of Grade Center
  2. ARCHIVE and download a copy of your course


New Faculty, Your First Stop: UTORids - Why get one?

Most new systems developed at UofT require this authentication both here at OISE and at the university at large. We highly recommend your attention to this matter - it isn't going away! Want to know how to get one? Here's how!

Wondering what the Education Commons can do for you?  Take a look at our Summary of EC Services.


Faculty instructions for Teaching Station Jr classroom projectors

YouTubePlease consult our OISE 1-page guide for setup instructions:HowTo_TeachingStationJr.pdf

How to turn on the Audio Visual System in most classrooms:

  1. Connect the network cable attached to Teaching Station Junior to your computer
  2. Your computer will ask you to enter your UTORid to connect to the network*
  3. Enter your UTORid username and password. Once you have logged in successfully, the A/V system will turn on.
    To use the projector, please ensure the VGA of HDMI cable (if equipped) is connected to your laptop.
  4. If you require assistance, please press the Tech Help button on the teaching station. This will connect you to a live support representative who can enable the system remotely or send a technician to your room to assist.

*If you are using a non-OISE supplied Windows/PC computer, you will need to do a one time update to be able to log-in. You can do so by downloading and running the automatic update file found here: http://uoft.me/oise-tsjr-setup-tool

If your laptop does not have a wired network connector you can use an external adapter
(not supplied in the room) or request that ACE to automatically enable the “Teaching Station Junior”
system in your classroom for each class. For more info please see:

If you experience any difficulties trying to configure your laptop, consult the UofT Teaching Station Jr Handbook: http://sites.utoronto.ca/teachingstation/tsj/handbook.html


Access the UofT Learning Portal with your Mobile Device

Bb app 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 wifi and cellular networks.

While Mobile Learn is not intended to replace the full browser-based interface to the UofT Blackboard Learning Portal, the app does provide quick access to course Announcements, Grades, and contribute entries to Blogs, Discussion forums and Journals.  Available on: iPhone / iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices, Blackberry (coming soon).  Just search for "Blackboard" in your device's app store.