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Getting things done on mobile
As part of the NGSIS user-centred design methodology, the projects typically begin with formative research on the needs and frustrations of U of T students, staff and faculty as they use a particular U of T system or online service. This research helps focus the scope of the work by informing us of unmet basic user needs, existing features or services requiring enhancement and important emerging use cases.
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ITIF 2014

Successful ITIF
2014 Projects

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients
of the Instructional Technology Innovation Fund. This year’s projects cover a range of disciplines
and involve participants from all three campuses on the theme of Large Classes.  

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ITIF and the successful projects. 

Password Reset

ITS will be introducing a new UTORid Self-serve password reset tool for faculty, staff and students. The new tool will allow users to change the UTORid password via an alternate e-mail address, SMS, and/or challenge questions. Help Desks will also continue offering the password reset support for users who wish to reset their password in person.

More details on the launch of the project will be released in mid-December. 
Team Work

30-Day Plank

ITS' EASI team is taking part in a fun 30-Day Plank Challenge. Join the challenge or just watch the progress of the 30 staff members participating at this link 

"Teams who plank together, stay together" ~ KH
NGSIS & Staff Consultation: 

Tapping into a wealth of knowledge

In a recent post we discussed formative research from a student perspective and how this is a key input for our user-centred methodology. Similarly to how we gather and synthesize knowledge directly from students, we do the same with our staff and administrative colleagues. In this post we’ll explore our research and consultation efforts that involve staff and faculty perspectives.  Read more

Academic Toolbox Renewal Initiative

An invitation for community participation

This coming year represents a unique opportunity for the University of Toronto. The licenses for all of our enterprise (university-wide) educational technologies come up for renewal and reconsideration. This includes services like the Portal, lecture capture solutions and so on. We’ve just launched an Academic Toolbox Renewal Initiative website which is meant to facilitate community participation in the renewal process.  Click here for the Academic Toolbox Renewal Initiative website. 
TechKnowFile 2015
We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who helped work on TechKnowFile 2014. We received an overwhelming response from the community for the call to join the TechKnowFile 2015 team.  The strong team of 35 colleagues from across the University will meet on December 1st to start the planning process for the conference. Stay tuned for more details!  We will be introducing the new team in mid-December!
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