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Education Commons at OISE

Computer Labs

The latest technologies and services for use in
research, teaching, learning, administration, and community outreach.

Modern labs with PCs/MACs
Mobile device friendly
Smart technology classrooms
Comfortable furniture
Social space
Quiet space
Collaborative space
Individual help
E-learning strategies & support
Consulting services

The Computer Labs and drop-in Tech Lounge are open and accessible to the entire OISE Community.  If your class is being held in our facilities, please check the reservation schedules posted outside each lab for your class location.

External users: Note that labs are not available on a walk-in basis; please book a teaching lab using the Lab Bookings Form.

View Lab Schedule | Book a Lab


Hours and Location

Client Care Service Desk


Monday - Thursday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Summer Hours:
(July, August)

Monday - Friday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Phone: +1-416-978-1802
Email: portal.oise@utoronto.ca


252 Bloor Street West
3rd Floor













The Ruth Dworkin Lounge


Monday - Friday
7:00 am – 11:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm


252 Bloor Street West
3rd Floor









Education Commons Labs

Lab 1, 2 & 3:   

Monday - Friday
7:00 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday

Lab 6:

Monday - Friday
7:00 am – 11:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm


252 Bloor Street West
3rd Floor














We strive to accommodate your needs the best we can. Arrangements for support outside the hours above are available by special request. Please allow at least 3-4 weeks overhead time for all special requests. Late and last minute requests are strongly discouraged and are not guaranteed.



Please use your UTORid and password to log on to lab computers. If you have trouble logging in, please check your UTORid credentials by verifying them:

  1. Go to https://www.utorid.utoronto.ca/ and click on the "verify" link under the "Problems with your UTORid?" heading highlighted in yellow. If your UTORid username and password do not work, you can attempt to have them reset on the same page. If you run into problems, contact us, or the Information Commons helpdesk at 416-978-HELP (4357) or help.desk@utoronto.ca.
  2. Go to https://accounts.oise.utoronto.ca/ and log on with your UTORid and password in order to activate it on our systems. If you can't get past the login screen, please check your UTORid by repeating step (1) above, or contact us.



The Education Commons operates the following computing facilities:

Drop-in, Labs 1, 2 & 6: Dell PCs

Specs: Dell OptiPlex 7440 All-In-One (AIO), 3 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM with built-in 23" Widescreen LCD Screen, USB port, headphone jack and media card reader.

Drop-in & Lab 3: Apple iMac

Specs: 22" Apple iMac, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM. A flatbed scanner is available in the drop-in area.

All labs are equipped with data projectors, teacher stations and whiteboards. External USB optical drive available upon request.



The Education Commons Computer Labs support the following computing facilitiies:

Software Category Drop-in Lab 1 Lab 2 Lab 3 Lab 4 Lab 5 Lab 6
Microsoft Office * * * * * * *
Google Chrome * * * * * * *
Mozilla Firefox * * * * * * *
OISENet (First Class) * * * * * * *
Adobe Reader * * * * * * *
Adobe Flash * * * * * * *
VLC Media Player * * * * * * *
Symantec Norton Antivirus * * * * * * *
OESS Drop-in Lab 1 Lab 2 Lab 3 Lab 4 Lab 5 Lab 6
ArcView GIS   * *        
Geometer's Sketchpad     * * * *  
Statistical Analysis Drop-in Lab 1 Lab 2 Lab 3 Lab 4 Lab 5 Lab 6
NVivo             *
SPSS             *
HLM           * *
Lisrel           * *


Adaptive Software


Lab 1 Lab 2 Lab 3 Lab 6 Lab 7

Lab 8

Tech. Cart
Kurzweil 3000   * *   * * * *
Dragon Naturally Speaking   * *   * * * *
Smart Ideas   * *   * * * *
Clicker 5   * *   * * * *
Read&Write Gold   * *   * * * *
Zoom Text           *   *
JAWS           *   *
CoWriter 4000 Solo           *   *
Inspiration/Kidspiration           *   *
Write: Outloud Solo           *   *
Premier Literacy Suite               *
NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)           *    
AlphaSmart               *

For more information about Adaptive Software and step-by-step tutorials, go to the Adaptive Technology Curriculum site.



Printing is available in our labs, but you must have a TCard with sufficient value stored on it. A card reader attached to the print release station will debit the print job cost from your TCard at the time of printing. Transparency films may not be used in the printers. We cannot provide refunds for printing credits. 

Emergency Procedures

Power Outages

Remain calm.
Gather all belongings
Exit lab on request of Help Desk staff.
You will automatically be logged out of the console at which you are working.
The labs will reopen upon power resumption.
Do not use the elevators.

Fire Alarms

Remain calm.
Gather all belongings.
Exit lab, following the directions of Help Desk staff.
Leave the floor and exit the building.
Return only when informed it is safe to do so.
Do not use the elevators.

First Aid Emergencies

Immediately inform Help Desk staff in 3-320.
If they are unavailable, call Security Desk at 416-978-3636 (dial 9 for internal use), or the Campus Police at 416-978-2222.
For serious emergencies, call (9) 911.
Offer to assist Help Desk staff as a bystander (i.e. crowd control, victim reassurance); however, wait for certified personnel to assist the victim.



External users: Note that labs are not available on a walk-in basis; please book a teaching lab using the Lab Bookings Form.

Cancellation Policy
To encourage the efficient use of resources, all users are asked to respond to the original ticket number at least 3 business days when they will not be using the labs as scheduled.

Reservation Priority
Priorities in booking the labs are established as follows:

  1. OISE Academic Interactive Courses.
  2. OISE Faculty Priorities
  3. OISE Departmental Priorities
  4. OISE Research Priorities
  5. Non-OISE

For more information please see the University of Toronto's Environmental Health & Safety page.


Contact Us

E-mail: portal@oise.utoronto.ca

Tel: 416-978-1802

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