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Education Commons at OISE

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Will work on this is the fall with projects etc.


General EC Blurb:

The Education Commons brings a highly integrated approach to providing information systems, resources, expertise and support for a wide range of educational projects. Our services include the library, technology training, computer labs, multimedia conferencing and production, and design and development for custom academic computing solutions.





by and for the Education Commons


TechKnowFile 2008


TechKnowFile 2008

The Joys of Building a Generic Web Application or How Not to Assume

Presenters: Joseph Cataudella, Danielle Keith, Michael Moncada
Slides (PDF), Video (QuickTime)

A traditional approach to programming applications involves making a series of assumptions, which help dictate the design of your application. The limitations caused by these assumptions are often highlighted by ongoing client requirement changes. Our challenge was to create a Student/Client Placement System which could adapt to multiple institutional programs, and support varying business processes, without the need for major developmental restructuring. This has led to the development of our innovative template-based framework that can be applied to disparate business processes, academic programs and projects while using the same data store.

Put your infrastructure on a Virtual diet and see Real results!

Presenters: Alex Lee, Bill Lechow, Rouben Tchakhmakhtchian
Slides (PDF)

This presentation will focus on our migration towards virtualization at OISE and our experiences with VMWare ESX Server software. We will identify specific benefits of the virtualization centering around greener computing, better utilization of existing infrastructure as well as business continuity and disaster recovery advantages. We will also explore the potential of this technology as well as demo VMotion, snapshots and other neat features.

Integrating UTORid Authentication into your Environment with Open Source

Presenters: Don Banh, Joseph Caprara, Rouben Tchakhmakhtchian
Slides (PDF)

The rollout of UTORAuth and UTORable as a central source for Authentication and Authorization has been available to the university community for quite some time. We will demonstrate how the Educations Commons Core Technology Team has successfully integrated UTORauth and UTORable into the computing environment at OISE. Our users can now access Workstations, Lab Machines, Library Kiosks, Research Servers, Personal Websites, Restricted File Space, Streaming Media Content Space and future services with a common UTORid and password. We will give a brief outline on how the connections are established in the backend followed by a presentation on user's perspective in using the services. We will also talk about the use of freely available open-source components which brings the overall solution together.