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Education Commons at OISE



Information for new students


Welcome new OISE Students - get a Headstart!

Check out our Headstart page to learn how to be ready for the new school year. 


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.



TCard services now located at the Koffler Student Services Centre


The TCard office has moved!  Students, visit the TCard office at 214 College Street - the Koffler Student Services Centre (near the BookStore).  tcard.utoronto.ca

Staff and Faculty can continue to get their TCard at Robarts.


New Student Technology Checklist

New to OISE?  Download and review the student technology checklist!

Want assistance with the online component of your course?  Check out the Online Teaching & Learning site for all you need to know about the UofT Learning Portal (Blackboard)Pepper or Connect 2 Create (C2C).

Technology Checklist


TCard - ID/Access Card:

  • Used for student identification, library privileges (both in-person and online), student activities and services, and facility access.
  • You can get your TCard at the TCard Office in Robarts Library.  Along with your TCard, you will get your UTORid and Secret Activation Key.

UTORid - Computer/Login Account:

  • Your UTORid username and password is the key to a number of services at OISE, such as access to the UofT Blackboard Learning Portal, C2C, myOISE, computer access (OISE computer labs & UofT Libraries), wireless Internet access on campus and more.
  • UTORid account management, including password reset:

Email Address - UTmail+ (@mail.utoronto.ca):


Update your Email Contact Information in ROSI & the Library:

  • Please update your email address in your ROSI profile to reflect your new @mail.utoronto.ca address if you have not done so when creating your UTORid account.
  • Check that the contact information that the Library has for you is current. Your email address will be used to notify you of upcoming due dates and books which are available for pick-up.

UofT Blackboard Portal – Online home for your courses:

  • The UofT Blackboard Portal is the online home for your courses.  Courses that are using Blackboard may not be visible to students until after your class has started --- check with your instructor to be sure.


Student Photographs in the EC Online Portal system

EC Your instructor may ask you to be included in a class photo to be utilized for community building or other academic purposes.   The student photo system is self-serve, but you are more than welcome to stop by the EC helpdesk if you have any difficulties.  This is optional, so please check with your instructor to find out if this is required.

Download our 1 page guide for taking student photos, or follow the steps below:

Students - taking myProfile photo

You will need a webcam enabled computer and your UTORid username and password to take your photo.

Step 1: Click on "EC Online Portal" link in the Educaton Commons menu above.
Step 2: Login with your UTORid username and password.
Step 3: Click “myProfile” near the top right corner.
Step 5: Click “Edit Profile”.
Step 6: Click “Take Photo”.
Step 7: Scroll down and click “Allow”.
Step 8: Click “Capture” to take a photo.  (You can redo this step as many times as you wish)
Step 9: When you are happy with the image, click the “Save Image” button.
Step 10: Important! When image is saved, also click the “Save Profile Changes” button.



Online Courses & Learning Portal

Please check with your instructors, as some courses will be on other online learning platforms such as Connect2Create or Pepper.

Visit our Online Teaching & Learning site for more information about Blackboard and online learning.

Blackboard help

Are you new to Blackboard and would like to know more or get some assistance?  Consult the Blackboard Toolbox section for helpful tips, troubleshooting ideas and how-to tutorial videos.

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, Android devices, Blackberry (coming soon).  Just search for "Blackboard" in your device's app store.


Theses are now submitted electronically

Electronic submission is mandatory for all students.  The Education Commons Research Services provides more information on E-Thesis Submissions (MA and PhD)


Quick Access

Facility Bookings

portal login Blackboard Login

 UTmail+ UTmail+ (email)

Wireless Access Login Wireless Access

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