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In the Loop

Information Services Technology Newsletter
March 2018 Spring Issue

Happy Spring! This issue features TechKnowFile 2018, HR&E's new Technology Roadmap, Gartner Campus Access, HTTPs & Chrome, Ontario Public Sector Data User Group, Quercus Sandbox Updates, Data Dragons Competition,  Office 365, the Security Matters blog, and recent Security Advisories.

TechKnowFile 2018

Call for Presentations & Volunteers!

TKF University - Graduation Year - Website
Connect. Collaborate. Create.

Present at TKF 2018

Application Deadline: March 28, 2018

The Call for Presentations online form is now open, so if you’re interested in presenting, demonstrating your ideas through a “quick tips” tutorial, or sharing your insights on a panel discussion, submit your application before March 28, 2018.


Volunteer at TKF 2018

We’re looking for colleagues from across the University to join the TKF 2018 ACTION TEAM. As a member of this team, you will help us kick off and realize the 2018 conference! There are also a few bonus perks when you volunteer for TKF!

Visit the TKF Website

HR&E launches new HR Technology Roadmap website

HR Technology Roadmap Website
HR Technology Roadmap Website
Over the next three to five years, HR & Equity, in partnership with Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration, will embark on a new HR Technology Program with the goal of modernizing the HR systems.

This program is projected to save $1.5 million annually.

Read the full article on the HR news page...

Visit the HR Technology Roadmap

Gartner Reports & Research

Now available to U of T Students, Faculty, & Staff

U of T Gartner Website
Gartner Research and Reports

University of Toronto Student, Faculty, and Staff now have access to current Gartner reports, research, and webinars through the Gartner Campus Access Agreement.

About Gartner Research

Gartner provides information technology related research and market analysis..

Visit for more information.

Visit U of T's Gartner Website

Advisory – HTTPS and TLS Site Certificate Status

As of July 2018, Google Chrome will start labelling non-HTTPS sites as Not Secure

Google has planned for some time to configure the Chrome browser to label HTTP (unencrypted network connection) sites as ‘not secure’.

They will implement that change in July 2018.

According to some sources, the Chrome browser has a 56% market share of all browsers, so this change will be noticed by a great many users.

Read the full Advisory

U of T drives first Ontario Public Sector Data User Group

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How can universities and colleges increase enrolment, or better tailor their services for international students? These were just some of the questions addressed at the first Ontario Public Sector Tableau User Group.

On March 19, U of T’s Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration (EASI) welcomed over 120 attendees from Ontario’s public sector to learn how to make effective decisions by using Tableau – a powerful analytics data platform.

Read the full Story

Update on Quercus Sandbox Activity

For Faculty & Staff

Quercus Sandbox Statistics

In December thousands of sandbox courses were created for all instructors as well as other key staff.

These sandboxes have been a great place for instructors and others to learn more about Quercus for themselves. Instructors have used sandboxes for many things: Learning hands-on how they might use Quercus, experimentation with adding their teaching materials, tracking the progress of integrations, observing incremental upgrades added to Canvas Cloud and many other activities. 

Quercus Sandbox Statistics

Business Intelligence Data Dragons Competition

Calling all Data Analysts!

Image of Central Data Warehouse

We are searching for Innovative Data Science and Business Intelligence proposals.

Got a great idea? Pitch your idea directly to the Data Dragons!

The winning proposal will become a project sponsored by ITS and Planning and Budget.

What type of projects are we looking for?

Some examples:

  • Course wait lists: Analysis to help future planning for resource allocation vs course need.
  • Career Center: Demographic profiling to highlight groups not using these services in order to focus outreach.
  • Admissions: Geographic segmentation of applicants to identify regions with increasing interest in U of T.
  • Program Enrolment: Trending in subject program enrolment to forecast future program demands.
Data Dragons Competition Page

Tip #18: Simple Archiving

Simple Archiving

Office 365 Tip #18

Outlook has a variety of default folders, including: Inbox, Sent Items and Deleted Items. It also has an Archive folder that can be used to clear your Inbox of unneeded messages and conversations.

Read Tip #18...

Tip #17: On Demand Meetings

On Demand Meetings

Office 365 Tip #17

Within Office 365 Teams you can connect, share documents, chat and host meetings. One useful meeting tool is the “On Demand Meeting” option.

Read Tip #17...

U of T's Office 365 Website

Security Matters

Information Security Awareness & Education Initiative at U of T

Meme contest winner - Me: Share with care, you never know what'll go viral. Me to me: No one's gonna see it.
Meme Contest Graphic

Security Matters Meme Contest Winner!

Congratulations to our meme contest winner, Emma Hastie.

Her clever Kermit the Frog meme impressed the whole Information Security Team.

Security Matters Event Calendar

April 2018 Events

Attend an upcoming event to learn more about protecting yourself online.

#ChatSTC Twitter Chat:

Protect Your Identity With a Digital Spring Cleaning

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Learn more...

Security Matters Website

Recent Security Advisories

Shibboleth SP XML Forge Vulnerability

There is another serious vulnerability in Shibboleth Service Provider (SP) software. If you are a system administrator running Shibboleth/weblogin authentication.

Latest Updates

For the latest security advisories, visit the Information Security and Enterprise Architecture (ISEA) website or ITS News.

Upcoming Events


TechKnowFile 2018

May 3 & 4, 2018

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