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Information for new students

YouTubeWelcome 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.

 

The Learning Portal is changing!

Bb appThe UofT Learning Portal (Blackboard) hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Feedback from the University community is that the web interface for the Portal is clunky and out of date, and it doesn’t flow the way people would like. It’s also hard for instructors to incorporate new tools into their teaching.

Instead of an all-inclusive single website with built-in tools, we hope that our future Learning Portal will be a web interface that feels much more like a smart phone.  Like your smart phone, the new environment should have an “operating system” with some core functionality (the ‘Learning Management Engine’). And like your smart phone, the new environment should have an ‘app store’ with integrated teaching and learning apps, and a way for instructors and students to suggest or build new apps. And of course, the new environment needs a cleaner, more contemporary user interface.

Learn more and get involved, including attending Learning Management Engine presentations (Fall 2016): http://uoft.me/toolbox

 

 

Classroom upgrades coming to a room near you

YouTubeThis school year, a handful of classrooms at the St. George campus have the new amenities. In eight years, U of T administrators hope to have all of the classes retrofitted with new furniture and amenities that are timed to bring U of T into a new era of teaching and learning.  This year the university is piloting a second renovated active learning space at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education building on Bloor Street. Click the link below to read more about the active learning rooms at UofT:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/uoftbts16-classroom-upgrades-coming-room-near-you

 

Education Commons workshops

icon of people talking SPSS and Nvivo  workshops are now available for Fall 2016.  

Click here to register for SPSS or Nvivo .

 

 

EC Open House

EC Open House

Members of the OISE community were able to learn more about the services offered by the Education Commons and meet the team:

  • Explored some of the latest instructional technologies including the Smart Board Kapp IQ, wireless presentation, and synchronous learning tools
  • Showcased of recent research and online learning projects
  • Discovered research and online support offerings
  • Found out about workshops that can be integrated into your classroom teaching or complement your professional development
  • Saw the OISE information technology backbone
  • Understood how your computer and data are managed and secured
  • Discovered the new and improved version of Homespace

EC Open House

 

EC People & Functions

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Get to know your EC. Here’s who makes things happen, as we speak. This PDF shows an overview of how the EC supports your initiatives, along with the people who help you with:

 

  • Everyday Computing Needs
  • Solution Development and Research Support
  • Online/Digital Teaching  and Research Collaboration
  • Infrastructure

 

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:
http://sites.utoronto.ca/teachingstation/tsj/macbook_air.html

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

 

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)

YouTubeThe Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) at UofT has a new look! Visit teaching.utoronto.ca to explore the redesigned website – learn more about CTSI’s services and expertise, workshops, events and online resources to support U of T instructors and staff with teaching and learning related issues.

The Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP), providing information on workshops and events, job training, certificate programs and awards for U of T teaching assistants and graduate students, can now be found at tatp.utoronto.ca.

Training Sessions for U of T's Portal (Blackboard)

ACT and CTSI offer instructor sessions in Getting Started, using the Grade Centre, and Web Conferencing using Blackboard. Visit the CTSI website for more information.

 

Graduate Student Professional Development

MyGradSkills.caNow Available: Online modules (developed in part by the School of Graduate Studies, CTSI, and Student Life) for graduate student professional development. Visit the SGS website for more information.


Grad students, navigate to MyGradSkills.ca to get started.

 

 

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Access the UofT Learning Portal on 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 together with the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative have created a unique First Nations schools principals’ course .  Read more about it on thestar.com - "Principals seen as key to turning around troubled First Nations schools".

OISE's MOOC  has been 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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