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The Learning Portal is changing!
The 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 Feedback from the University community is that the web interface for the Portal is clunky and out of date, and it doesn’t flow the way people would like.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.
This 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:
How to turn on the Audio Visual System in most classrooms:
Connect the network cable attached to Teaching Station Junior to your computer
Your computer will ask you to enter your UTORid to connect to the network*
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.
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
The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)
The 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)
Access the UofT Learning Portal on your mobile device with the Blackboard 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.