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Quercus workshops and assistance for OISE instructors


Course content Migration Labs and introduction to Quercus workshops are available throughout the summer at OISE:

Check the Workshops & Events page for the schedule and to register for a session at OISE

Alternative dates and times are available through the Toolbox Renewal at various campus locations or attend an online session.

Unable to attend a workshop in person?  No problem, here are 3 online resources available to get up and running in the new Quercus system:

The Quercus Support Resources site is now open with online assistance for Faculty, Staff and Students at - uoft.me/q-resources


Blackboard being retired on August 31st.


As previously announced, the university has adopted a new online learning and course management environment called Quercus which will replace Blackboard by August 31, 2018.   

All Blackboard content that you wish to keep or continue using after August 31st 2018 must be saved in a compatible format (click for instructions) .

2018 Summer Session OISE courses are now available in Quercus.  If you used Blackboard for prior Summer session courses, please switch to Quercus for Summer 2018. The course shells are already available and a step by step guide for content migration is available on the Toolbox Renewal website.
The Education Commons is available to assist this transition and will be holding workshops and 1-on-1 personal consultations.  Please contact the Education Commons for any assistance regarding the new Canvas/Quercus system and the transition -  portal.oise@utoronto.ca


Education Commons workshops

icon of people talking Quantitative and Qualitative data analysis workshop registration is now available for Summer 2018.

Workshop schedule and register NVivo SPSS .


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Office365 Migration

The adoption of Office 365 presents an exciting opportunity for the University, with advanced communications and collaboration functionality. Some of the immediate benefits include:
  • A larger mailbox (50GB instead of 300 MB)
  • Ability to send larger attachments (150MB instead of 50MB) 
  • Web-enabled meetings including online meeting scheduling from the Outlook Calendar 
  • Access to One Drive, a cloud-based storage space to store and share up to 1TB of files 
Training is available at CTSI and online. For more information please visit office365.utoronto.ca/help/training/
If you have any questions please consult the university's Office365 migration website at office365.utoronto.ca or contact the OISE EC Client Care Portal at whd.oise.utoronto.ca or via phone at 416-978-1802.

Computer security


Please remember security is a shared responsibility.

The following are the critical steps that we count on everyone to take to protect their data and reduce vulnerabilities for everyone.

  1. Save or copy all your important data to OISEDrive (also known as HomeSpace) regularly. Any files stored on HomeSpace/OISEDrive for more than 24 hours can be restored from backups in case they are affected.
  2. Exercise caution when opening email attachments. Do not open any messages with offers that are too good to be true. Beware of messages from the CRA about your income tax refund for example, or banks asking for your credentials, or to have you open an attachment.
  3. Regularly apply security updates to your home and personally owned computers.

If you have any questions, please contact the OISE EC Client Care Portal
Help Desk: Rm. 3-320 (3rd fl. computer labs)


The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)

YouTubeThe Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). Visit teaching.utoronto.ca to 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.



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