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Fall 2015 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
  • Showcase 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
  • 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

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: 2015_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


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.


Education Commons workshops

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Registration is now open for Fall 2015 Data Analysis workshops (SPSS / NVivo).



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.


Information for new students

YouTubeNew 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.


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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