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October 2013

CTL's Ed Tech team supports teaching and learning with technology at UTSC including Blackboard support, WebOption Lecturecasting, Test Scanning Services, Presentation Skills, iClickers, and more. This occasional newsletter features news, events and information related to those programs and services, and highlights interesting emerging educational technologies.


The Turnitin tool is now available directly in Blackboard, found under Assessments –> Turnitin Direct Assignment. It is a powerful tool for plagiarism detection. When a student submits an assignment, Turnitin will check for similar text matches across the open Internet, including published journal articles and prior written work completed by students.

Please note: If you are using this tool in your class, you must include a disclaimer in your syllabus, and accommodate a student if they desire to opt-out of the electronic submission through Turnitin. These details are found on the Instructions for Faculty page link below.

Overview to Turnitin, Conditions of Use:

Instructions for Faculty:

Instructions for Students:
Please come out to our Workshop on October 18th to learn how to incorporate Turnitin in your Blackboard course page. If you have any questions about best practices in setting-up this tool in your class, or if you would like to discuss the educational benefits of this technology and get advice on interpreting the originality reports, please contact Adon Irani,, 416-208-4732.

Test Scanning Services

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides free test scanning services for all academic departments at the UTSC campus. This service is freely available to all UTSC faculty. We request that you book your Test Scanning job a full 5 business days in advance -- this allows us to ensure we have sufficient staff resources to maintain our service guarantee of a 2 business day turn-around even during busy times.

For more details and resources please visit the Test Scanning Website.

For help interpreting the reports you receive from Scan Services, please refer to the following document.
If you require additional support, or have questions about the Scan Services process, please contact Adon Irani,, 416-208-4732

Fall 2013 Ed Tech Workshops at UTSC


Blackboard Drop In Clinic

Friday, Oct. 11, 9:30 – 11:00
AC221 CTL Learning Lab
Drop in to receive a quick resolution to your Blackboard troubles, or to discuss adding on a new feature. Register Here.

Using Turnitin Direct-Submit,

Plagiarism Detection Made Easy

Friday, Oct. 18, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
AC221 CTL Learning Lab
Turnitin is a tool for checking student work for similar text matches across the open
Internet, published journal articles and prior written work. In this workshop we will
discuss setting it up in Blackboard, and interpreting the originality reports which are
produced. Register Here.

Blackboard Challenges & Best Practices

Tuesday, Oct 22, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
AC221 CTL Learning Lab
In this session we'll explore some of the benefits of using Blackboard to support student learning, and discuss any challenges experienced. Become familiar with the new features in Blackboard that were previously unavailable on the Intranet. Register Here.

Advanced Blackboard Grade Centre

Tuesday, Oct 29, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
AC221 CTL Learning Lab
Blackboard's grade centre is a sophisticated and powerful tool. In this session we will
look at integrating submission tools with the grade centre, smart views, column
organization, weighting, and other options available. Register Here.


Collaborate - Online Whiteboard and Virtual Classroom

Tuesday, Nov 5, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
AC-221 CTL Learning Lab
Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create online learning environments, office hours and offer TA support. In this session, we will explore with the tool and discuss
recommended best practices. Register Here.

Getting the Most from U of T Teaching Stations

Tuesday, Nov 19 IC building, (afternoon)
In this session IITS and CTL will demonstrate the use of the teaching stations, basic, advanced with smartboard, and teaching station junior. For faculty who are interested in learning more about the podium system. Register Here.

Mobile U of T

Friday, Nov 29, 9:30AM - 11:00AM
AC221 CTL Learning Lab
In this session we will look at the opportunities for using mobile and wearable devices within the U of T network, from the perspective of various departments providing these services. For administrative users and faculty. Register Here.

If you are unavailable and cannot make any of the scheduled workshops, please contact
Brian Sutherland, and/or Adon Irani, to schedule a one-on-one session.

Round Table Series:
Online Teaching and Learning

Reading the Tea Leaves: Trends in Online Learning

Presenter: Laurie Harrison, Director, Online Learning Strategies
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2:00PM-3:30PM
Location: 155 College St. (Faculty of Nursing), 2nd Floor, Room 270
Note: This meeting can also be attended online

This is an informal event open to everyone in the U of T community. The objectives of this round table series are to foster a community of practice that includes all aspects of online teaching and learning (including flipped and hybrid approaches), and to promote professional development through regular meetings both online and in person.
For more information please visit the CTSI website Faculty Events page.

Is Technology Working for You?

Do you use technology in your classroom? Or outside of the classroom? Drop us a line and let us know about the different technologies you are finding useful in your teaching.


Did You Know...

The WebOption Lecturecast service provides students with a valuable learning resource.
In the Fall 2013 term, our student videographers are recording over 140 hours of lectures every week and making them available online. Over 16,700 students are enrolled in the courses we are covering at UTSC this Fall. Visit our website to learn more about incorporating WebOption into your classroom or contact Mark McKee,, to learm more about this additional instructional tool.

Ed Tech Support at UTSC

The Educational Technology Team at UTSC

• Adon Irani, Academic Communications and Technology Specialist (including Testscanning and Blackboard),
• Mark McKee, WebOption Coordinator, Technology Initiatives Project Manager
• Brian Sutherland, Educational Technologies Administrator (including Blackboard and iClickers),
• Janice Patterson, Associate Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning.
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