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UofT Blackboard Learning Portal scheduled maintenance: May 10 to 11, 2014

Bb appThe UofT Blackboard Portal will be upgraded to the most recent version of the Blackboard Learn software on May 10th and 11th, 2014 . The new version will include a number of new features as well as enhancements to existing tools and capabilities. Additional information will be shared as documentation is completed over the upcoming weeks. 
Please note that the Portal will be unavailable while the maintenance is being performed.
Attention OISE Faculty - learn about 2 great new features that will be upgraded in Blackboard:
  • Discussion Threads now show all posts in a single page (which can be expanded and collapsed).  No more clicking on each individual post to read them.
  • Assignment Grading can now be viewed, annotated and graded all on the same page.  No more downloading-uploading-commenting-grading.


Information for new students!

YouTube New OISE Students - get a Headstart ! Check out our Headstart page to learn how to be ready for the new school year.

We're on Youtube! Who can help me with an email access question? How can I get connected to the wireless network? What resources are available to me online through the library? To find out the answers to these questions and many more, view our virtual EC Tours.


UofT weblogin security

UserFiles/Image/UTORidicon.jpgOn Monday, March 31st 2014, users will see a different security indicator on UofT's weblogin page.  UofT's weblogin page and UTORid management pages will still have added security. For the weblogin page, there is an Extended Validation (EV) server certificate installed which provides a higher degree of assurance than other certificates. In most cases, a green bar indicates the EV server certificate. If you do not see a key indicator do NOT enter any information. If you are unsure, call the Help Desk for assistance.



The green bar is now labeled as 'Governing Council of University of Toronto'.  This is a valid University of Toronto authenticator.  Further information can be found at - http://main.its.utoronto.ca/news/ev-certificate-notice/


Spring 2014 workshops

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Quantitative Data Analysis Software (SPSS)

Qualitative Data Analysis Software (NVivo)


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Access the UofT Learning Portal with your mobile device with the Blackboard app

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, Blackberry and Android devices.  Just search for "Blackboard" in your device's app store.


Education Commons headlines

EC OISE's MOOC noted in New York Times and CBC News The National. Read more about OISE's MOOC pilot course on Coursera - Aboriginal Worldviews and Education.

Special Event: The Value of Social Media Use in Online Learning.  This event can now be viewed online on our Special Events page.


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