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Project Descriptions

Through EC's Solutions Development Group


GRAIL (Graduate Researcher's Academic Identity onLine) - Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

The goal of the GRAIL project is to develop a set of social and technical tools that support the formation of an online community to engage graduate students in activities related to educational research across course boundaries and through their degree program. The project incorporates emergent design, flexible architecture and a focus on elements that support individual academic development and community transparency.

Pensions at Work Website/Database - Adult Education and Counselling Psychology

Pensions at Work is the website of a research project of the University-Union Research Alliance, publishing findings about the social investment of pension funds. The site is bilingual, with a bilingual search engine and an implementation of the ACG’s bibliography database system.

Volunteers Count - Social Economy Centre

Volunteers Count is a program that helps an organization track its volunteer contributions and estimate their value. It then generates reports that can be used internally by the organization to understand aspects of volunteer management, or externally to report to funders, donors and members, as the organization sees fit.
Volunteers Count can also be used for volunteer management functions and for organizational planning, for example, managing volunteer databases and creating the best match between volunteer skills and organizational needs.

SUPO Practicum System - Student Services

A robust system with functionality that includes practicum placements and tracking, honorarium payments, evaluation form submission and viewing, and much more. This system is used by OISE/UT faculty, staff and students, as well as school teachers and administrators. The development is approximately 75% complete. Programming by Amanda Lutz, Hyun-Wook Jo, Marian Quaye, and Mark Hume.

The WALL Learning and Work Resource Base - Sociology and Equity Studies in Education

The WALL project, under the direction of David Livingstone, is dedicated to building a collection of research related to the subjects of work and lifelong learning. The resource base is therefore intended to be a database of working papers, articles and other scholarly output related to these fields.

OISE CV Database

The OISE/UT Faculty Profile System is a prototype web application for managing detailed faculty information such as: degrees and qualifications, employment history, awards, publications, as well as administrative and professional activities. The system produces reports to web sites and research initatives, including a standardized UT curriculum vitae and departmental website profiles. ACG is currently developing a version of this system for the UT Department of Sociology.

FInD - Faculty Information Digest

FInD is a custom developed system for the Sociology Department which houses CVs, salary information, sabbatical history, next eligible sabbatical date, courses offered, enrollment, teaching assistant hours assigned to the course, plus more. The system allows Faculty to update their own information. A website profile report is automatically created and linked to the Department of Sociology's webpage.

n Database

The Solutions Development Group has designed a modularized repository system that can be used for a range of teaching and research applications. Each instance has customized metadata and search display functions. For example the ITID instance is used by CTL to help instructors collect, concentrate and archive their instructional materials around specific themes. The CIDE instance is used by the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre for research and for curriculum resources.

Ontario E-Learning Object Management Repository - Ministry of Education [http://mlor.oise.utoronto.ca/acg/eduontario_d/secure/elearning]

The Ministry of Education has developed an e-learning strategy for Ontario students. A key component of this strategy is a learning object repository (LOR). Teachers from around the province will be able to use the LOR to contribute educational resources that they have created. These resources can then be searched for and used by other teachers in Ontario, as well as by students and parents, providing valuable support to those engaged in e-learning.

Ask the Experts (Podcast) Series - Dean's Office

Archives of our faculty answering some challenging questions online, in short video clips. Over 40 clips are online and they can be downloaded for playback to iPod Video from the iTunes music store where educator-reviewers have awarded us 4.5 out of 5 for content and quality.

Survey Wizard 2 - Education Commons

Survey Wizard 2 is a web application for producing surveys online. Using the most common html form elements, surveys can be authored to any computer with internet access or to PDF for pen and paper distribution. Results are secure, centrally collected and ready for analysis. Invite and manage survey participants though the tool’s unique participant group function, branch surveys to different participant groups, and download results straight to Excel or SPSS. Sophisticated online survey functionality is now incredibly simple to manage.

BEd Accreditation Site - Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

OISE/UT's Initial Teacher Education program must be re-accredited at regular intervals by provincial standards bodies. In 2005, the EC produced a virtual exhibit and web guide featuring a wide range of rich media, under the direction of Carol Rolheiser, Associate Dean of Teacher Education.

Children's Services Database - Faculty of Social Work

The Children's Services Database (CSD) will revolutionize child welfare research by consolidating case level information from four of Ontario’s major children’s services agencies into a common database. When complete, it will enable large-scale research projects on service trends, child well-being and service outcomes within and across agencies. It will also provide a platform for the integration of further datasets in the future. The end result will be better co-ordination of interventions and better life chances for children from high-risk groups.