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Vol. 7, Issue 12: Back to campus
August 19, 2021
Guest Wi-Fi service · Accessible Weblogin page
Quercus & course design · Bb Collaborate services
People Profile · Enterprise Modernization Program

EASI Connect+Learn: Back to campus series

Over the past two weeks, Connect+Learn hosted 11 sessions to over 650 attendees on popular tools and technologies. Attend upcoming sessions on new and in-demand tools, including QLess, Calendly, Planner, TCard+ for space tracking and Microsoft 365 storage.

Coming soon: eVA guest Wi-Fi service

This fall, the Information Technology Services’ (ITS) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) team will launch the eduroam Visitor Access (eVA) guest Wi-Fi service. This user-friendly platform will provide secure, high-speed, temporary Wi-Fi internet access to guests visiting the University of Toronto (U of T) campuses.

Weblogin page updated for accessibility

On Aug. 5th, Information Security updated the Weblogin page to better conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG2.0, Level AA). Upgrades include improved keyboard accessibility, colour contrast and screen reader friendliness.

First steps in data driven design with Quercus analytics 

Ten U of T instructors from various departments participated in a cohort program to explore the use of Quercus data to inform course design. Visit the Open UToronto website to see the course projects showcase and the final report on program outcomes, prepared by the ITS Digital Learning Innovation team. 

IT@UofT People Profile - Alison Dias

This month, IT@UofT People Profiles highlights Alison Dias, Multimedia Specialist, Information and Instructional Technology Services (I&ITS). Alison is an experienced tennis officiant, with multiple Olympic games under her belt
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Blackboard Collaborate services end, effective Aug. 31

As of Aug. 31, 2021, the Blackboard Collaborate webinar service will no longer be available for the U of T community. Collaborate users are encouraged to download and save their recordings before access is revoked. The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation is offering six days of web conferencing clinics for those transitioning to other solutions, which will be available in September.

Preparation for student enrolment 2021 pays off

Several teams and components, including systems testing and security upgrades, are responsible for U of T's successful 2021 student enrolment. This undertaking involved 15 major enrolment days and culminated in peak enrolment day on July 30.

Sitdown with a SOC Star: U of T's Axel Schulz

Axel Schulz, a Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre (CanSSOC) senior security analyst based at U of T, was featured in a Q&A blog series hosted by Siemplify. Alex answers 13 questions about his journey and experience in the security operations world.

Enterprise Modernization Program progress & improvements 

Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration (EASI) has completed a massive infrastructure update, which has set the stage for all other future updates. Recently launched projects include the Fiori Launchpad Reporting and updated Expense Reimbursement Direct Deposit (ERDD) web application.

ITIF 2021 now accepting applications

The Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) provides opportunities for technology-mediated teaching and learning projects. Attend a Teams drop-in consultation session to receive help with your proposal ideas. The deadline for applications is Nov. 19, 2021.

Key ITS contacts
If you have questions and/or more information related to ITS or workplace environments, please contact This mailbox is regularly monitored.


Wellness & work from home toolkit

As part Human Resources' commitment to well-being while working from home during COVID-19, they have curated a number of resources and strategies for supporting individuals, managers and teams


Cyber Security Awareness Month 2021

This October, ITS will host our annual tri-campus community Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign to raise awareness and educate staff, faculty and students about how to protect themselves and their work environments against cyber threats. Stay tuned for information on resources, activities and events.

In case you missed it
To help staff navigate new and evolving workplace environments, the ITS your workplace environment web page hosts frequently asked questions, best practices and resources to help you navigate your specific workplace environment.
Looking for answers about information security and return to campus arrangements? Submit questions by Sept. 8 to be addressed at the ITS Town Hall by Isaac Straley, Scott Mabury, Bo Wandschneider, ITS directors and Lori-Anne Hill, Director, Human Resources, Office of the Vice President, Operations and Real Estate Partnership.



Connect+Learn sessions
Aug. 19 Stay on Track with Planner, Tasks and To Do 
Aug. 20 Online storage with SharePoint, OneDrive & Teams: What to use when 
Aug. 23 Back to Campus: Tools for re-entry 

Learning, leadership & culture courses
Aug. 26 Managing virtually for leaders: Delegation 
Sept. 1 Managing virtually for leaders: Holding others accountable, difficult conversations, coaching + feedback 
Sept. 8 Relationship, collaboration, partnerships: Expert relationship building 
Sept. 9 Connecting through conversation 
Sept. 14 Confidence & courage 

ITS events
Sept. 14 ITS all-staff town hall

ITS new staff: August 2021

Please welcome:

Tammy Chan 
Client Services & Process Integration, Student Information Systems, EASI 

Lisa Chen 
Information Management Analyst, Enterprise Shared Services & Digital Workplace, EASI 

Amara Maharaj 
User Experience & Process Design Assistant, Student Information Systems, EASI

ITS milestones

Congratulations to the following ITS staff for reaching U of T service milestones in August 2021: 

Jesse Beard — 5 years 
Sarosh Jamal — 15 years

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