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Information Services Technology Newsletter
June 2018 Happy Canada Day Issue

This issue features Quercus, Data Dragons Competition,, Digital Workplace Training, Wide Area Network Strength, NGSIS, Social Media Corner, Riipen, Virtual Reality, Anti-phishing campaign, New ITS Staff, Security Matters, and Upcoming Events

Quercus is here

Attend a training session

Quercus is here. Training is now! Build your Quercus course now!! Register for an in-person session or webinar. The Portal (Blackboard) is closing down on August 31, 2018!
Quercus training schedule

The portal will be gone as of August 31, 2018

Quercus (Canvas) has been selected as U of T’s new academic toolbox and will replace the portal (Blackboard) after August 31, 2018.

For more information on archiving your portal content visit the Academic Toolbox Renewal website.

How to archive portal content

Attend U of T's Data Dragons competition

On July 5, 2018, join enterprise applications & solutions integration (EASI) and planning & budget for U of T’s first Data Dragons competition, where six staff and faculty will take centre stage to convince the dragons that their ideas should become reality.

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Read the top five reasons you should attend online courses are now available

As a student, staff, or faculty member at University of Toronto, you now have access to, an online learning resource with high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized experts. Using your UTORid to log in, is available to any current student or employee at the university. graphic
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U of T launches digital workplace training: Office 365, SharePoint and Tableau

In July and August, U of T's Organizational Development and Learning Centre (ODLC) will offer training sessions on Tableau, SharePoint and Office 365, including Skype for Business, Teams and OneDrive
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Learn more

The power of redundancy

An example of how improvements to the university’s wide area network (WAN) redundancy paid off can be seen in the recent network link outage that occurred between the university’s St. George campus and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

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Read the full story

NGSIS platform modernization project kicks off user acceptance testing

Having converted 2 million lines of code and executed over 1,300 test cases, U of T’s Information Technology Services is excited to announce that user acceptance testing for the NGSIS platform modernization project will begin in late June.

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Read the full story

Social Media Corner

U of T UnivOps on Twitter: UO Information Technology Services shows its Pride! #DisplayYourPride
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Riipen pilot: An on-ramp to work integrated learning

Riipen helps instructors set up micro-experiential projects with community organizations and businesses by finding matches and streamlining ongoing coordination and communication between the faculty, students and partners.

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Read the full story

A gathering of VR/AR/MR pioneers

On April 7-8, 2018, U of T’s Collaborative Human Immersive Interactive Laboratory (CHISIL) hosted the Mixed Realities in Medicine conference, showcasing a variety of applications including therapeutic VR, as well as mixed reality for patient education and practitioner training.

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Read the full story

Anti-phishing campaign

The education and awareness team alongside information security will be ramping up their anti-phishing campaign this summer to target one department/area per month. Read about tips to keep you safe online

If your department is interested in participating and in turn improving their online safety and security, reach out to

Patch and the Nefarious Crew: Hacker, Phish, Virus, and Malware
Security awareness at U of T

New ITS Staff

June 2018

Please welcome:

Jimmy Au (PGAC)
Alykhan Halani (PGAC)
Yimei Zhao (EASI)

Security Advisory

Sophisticated phishing attack targets department at U of T

On June 4, 2018, a large department at the university was impacted by a sophisticated email phishing attack. This attack was an example of effective social engineering (the use of deception and manipulation to gain information).

Read the full advisory

Security Matters

Save time with self service password recovery

Need to recover your password? Sign up for the UTORid account recovery password reset service.

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Find out how

Upcoming Events


Data Dragons Competition

Thursday, July 5, 2018
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

NGSIS Platform Modernization
Technical Open Forum

Bahen Centre, 40 St. George St., Room 1190
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
RSVP by June 29 to Katie Babcock

Quercus Training

Thursday, July 5, 2018
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, July 5, 2018
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
2 p.m. – 4p.m.

Visit the Quercus Training page for more sessions.

VoIP Information Session

Thursday, August 30, 2018
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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