The Discovery Archive

Read back issues of The Discovery, the newsletter of the Education Commons.

Issue 30, June 3, 2022

  • Progress towards our Strategic Goals: Year 2.
  • Registration is open for the August faculty orientation
  • Our Wellness Challenge Winners!

Issue 29, May 20, 2022

  • New faculty orientation now for all faculty
  • The Discovery Newsletter is getting a makeover.
  • Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – a May wellness challenge
  • The Zoom Events Platform – not just a Zoom event

Issue 27, April 22, 2022

All about the new OISE Drupal CMS and migration of OISE websites

  • OISE Websites – Migration Plan
  • OISE Websites Technical Standards
  • Migration Principles
  • Preparing your content

Issue 26, April 8, 2022

  • The new OISE homepage launches on the new Drupal CMS
  • Hybrid meetings with the meeting Owl
  • Meet our new full-stack developer, Thomas Lynch

Issue 25, March 25, 2022

  • A quick guide to Zoom security settings
  • New faculty orientation program by Education Commons
  • The anniversary of the Discovery Newsletter and feedback survey

Issue 24, March 11, 2022

  • Getting ready for OISE Drupal CMS
  • Improvements to our Online Service Hub
  • A new technology tool to configure OISE computers
  • Reflecting on Women in Technology for International Women’s Day

Issue 23, February 25, 2022

  • Google Workspace for Education tools and access
  • The new OISE SL/GA/TA hiring app has launched
  • What is the Windows Activation Notice
  • Family Day notes from Education Commons 

Issue 22, February 11, 2022

  • How to make your Zoom meetings more secure

  • An introduction to Windows 11

  • Exploring VR at OISE 

Issue 21, January 28, 2022

  • Meet our new IT Service Management Coordinator, Daniel Marinos.

  • Take a look at our recent service statistics.

  • Learn about the Lunar New Year with OISE CAO, Helen Huang. 

Issue 20, January 14, 2022

  • Meet our new Associate Director, IT Service Management, Scott Inthathirath.

  • Get answers to your top service questions as the winter term begins.

Issue 19, December 17, 2021

  • Seasons Greetings from Education Commons

  • The EC team shares their winter and holiday traditions

  • The future of Snow Days – what happens now that online learning is normal.

  • Cyber Security in the news – time to update SPSS

Issue 18, December 3, 2021

  • Tips for using MS Teams.

  • What to consider when planning a hybrid meeting.

  • Education Commons virtual services this winter.

Issue 17, November 19, 2021

  • Find all the ways you can get support from Education Commons

  • See EC service by the numbers

  • Learn about the new OISE Google Workspace for Education

Issue 16, November 5, 2021

  • Celebrating Diwali 2021 with some of our team members

  • Our team celebrates Halloween with team spirit.

  • Our community comments on their experience working remotely.

Issue 15, October 22, 2021

  • Keeping you safe online Part 1: 5 tips for cyber security

  • Keeping you safe online Part 2: Application Security

  • Removing barriers: A conversation on digital Accessibility at OISE

  • Congrats to our winners! (Open house recap)

Issue 14, October 8, 2021

  • The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Time to enroll in UTORMFA

  • Meet Bernie Spudic, our new Associate Director, Digital Products and System Architecture

  • Giving thanks

Issue 13, September 24, 2021

  • New OISE Student Bursary App

  • New Online Service Hub

  • Education Commons top service requests

  • EC team member Todd Vernon take on a new role as Data Architect

Issue 12, September 10, 2021

2021/2022 Orientation week. Read about

  • Student Resources at Education Commons

  • A complete list of virtual workshops and sessions

  • Our upcoming Virtual Open House (Oct 7, 2021)

  • Information on the global supply chain’s impact on your computer order.

Issue 11, August 27, 2021

The first issue of the 2021/2022 academic year. Read about

  • Our new Solutions Architect, Victor Singh,

  • Our Drupal Team and our flagship Drupal website,

  • Cloud computing for green IT,

  • Quercus virtual sessions this fall.

Issue 10, June 18, 2021

The final issue of the 2020/2021 academic year. Read about

  • Our progress towards achieving our strategic priorities,

  • Getting ready for the fall term,

  • Honouring Father’s Day.

Issue 9, June 4, 2021

Three more profiles of our team members. Read about

  • The Digital Expert Hub’s Neil Tinker,

  • Nick Siddiyao, also of the Digital Expert Hub, and

  • The voice of The Discovery, Paul Steacy.

Issue 8, May 20, 2021

A new mobile app in support of Eve Tuck’s work with the Land Relationships Super Collective, and profiles of

  • Business Officer Elizabeth Leman
  • Audio-visual and Business Solutions Architect Azeem Khan
  • Intermediate Systems Administrator Vince To

Issue 7, May 7, 2021

The Digital Expert Hub Behind; Procurement and Vendor Management Specialist Owhonda Ikeka; Digital Accessibility Specialist Lonny O’Brien; Honouring Mother’s Day with Thoughts and Pictures from Some of Our Staff.

Issue 6, April 23, 2021

Observing Earth Day 2021; Get to Know Education Commons’ Technology Adoption Consultants and How They Can Help You: Laize Bacay, Ryan Lahti, and Andrea Zdzylowski.

Issue 5, April 9, 2021

Drupal is Coming: A Preview of Our Next Web Platform; Meet Adrian Ababei, Our New Drupal Developer; Our First Drupal Application; Meet Korede Olubowale, Web Accessibility Specialist.

Issue 4, March 26, 2021

The Future of Remote Work after the Pandemic; Remote Work and Wellness; Meet Education Commons Application Developer Todd Vernon; How Instructors Can Contact Their Students During an Outage

Issue 3, March 12, 2021

Use Siteimprove to Make OISE’s Web Publications Accessible; Considering Women in Technology; Meet Our New Team Member, Gurpreet Sandhar; Happy Nowruz: A Look at Persian New Year’s Traditions.

Issue 2, February 26, 2021

Your Used Computer Could Be Someone’s Lifeline; Meet Bahman Yaghoobi, Education Commons’ Full-stack Developer; Better Business With uSource; Education Commons Possesses Technology That Hears Everything You Are Thinking.

Issue 1, February 11, 2021

The Rise of the Virtual Gathering; How to Be Prepared for Technical Difficulties When Instructing Online; Your Mobile Device Is a Hand-held Scanner with Genius Scan; Introducing a New IT Partner, Lenovo