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OISE Holiday Building Closures

The Education Commons will be closed on December 20, 2017 at 3:30pm and will re-open on January 3, 2018 at 8:00am.  Drop-in area & computers will remain available when the building is open, however, no EC staff will be on duty. 
The OISE building (252 Bloor Street West):
Will be closed from December 22 at 9:00pm to December 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
Will be closed from December 29, 2017 at 9:00pm to January 2, 2018 at 9:00am.
All other days from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2 will be open from 9:00am to 9:00pm.


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Office365 Migration Update

The adoption of Office 365 presents an exciting opportunity for the University, with advanced communications and collaboration functionality. Some of the immediate benefits include:
  • A larger mailbox (50GB instead of 300 MB)
  • Ability to send larger attachments (150MB instead of 50MB) 
  • Web-enabled meetings including online meeting scheduling from the Outlook Calendar 
  • Access to One Drive, a cloud-based storage space to store and share up to 1TB of files 
Training is available at CTSI and online. For more information please visit office365.utoronto.ca/help/training/
If you have any questions please consult the university's Office365 migration website at office365.utoronto.ca or contact the OISE EC Client Care Portal at whd.oise.utoronto.ca or via phone at 416-978-1802.

Attention Mac users

On Monday, September 25, Apple released Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra. This latest version is known to break some faculty and staff software. Please refrain from installing this update from Apple for the time being. It is generally considered best practice to hold off on major software upgrades until the software vendors have had an opportunity to adequately field-test the new version and publish the appropriate updates.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch -  portal.oise@utoronto.ca .


Education Commons workshops

icon of people talking Quantitative and Qualitative data analysis workshop registration is now available for Fall 2017.

Click here for the workshop schedule and to register for DedooseNvivoSPSS .

Important message on computer security


Please remember security is a shared responsibility.

The following are the critical steps that we count on everyone to take to protect their data and reduce vulnerabilities for everyone.

  1. Save or copy all your important data to OISEDrive (also known as HomeSpace) regularly. Any files stored on HomeSpace/OISEDrive for more than 24 hours can be restored from backups in case they are affected.
  2. Exercise caution when opening email attachments. Do not open any messages with offers that are too good to be true. Beware of messages from the CRA about your income tax refund for example, or banks asking for your credentials, or to have you open an attachment.
  3. Regularly apply security updates to your home and personally owned computers.

If you have any questions, please contact the OISE EC Client Care Portal
Help Desk: Rm. 3-320 (3rd fl. computer labs)


The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)

YouTubeThe Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). Visit teaching.utoronto.ca to 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.


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