Summer Edition!

There are lots of exciting things happening as we wind our way toward the start of the Fall term. We are currently working on a student-facing Quercus support resource to go along with our Teaching Online at Rotman faculty resource which was announced in the last newsletter. If you missed it you can find it here. Below you will find information on recent upgrades to Blackboard Collaborate and our recommendations for integrating video into Quercus. 

As always, if you have feedback or questions about online teaching, please contact us at We are here to help.

BB Collaborate Upgrades

Blackboard Collaborate has introduced a number of new features this month. You can now share multiple camera feeds, exercise greater control over recording privacy, and download poll result reports from your live classes. For more information on these updates, click here.

Embedding Videos Using MS Stream

Microsoft Stream is included in the Office 365 suite of apps and is our recommended video integration tool. Stream offers a number of features that will help you create and deliver video content, including:

• Video hosting

• Commenting

• Auto-generated closed captions

For more information on accessing and using MS Stream, click here. And for information on embedding Stream videos into your Quercus course page, click here.

UofT Online Learning Spotlights

The Online Learning Strategies Office at UofT has gathered up storied from across campus of instructors using sometimes innovative and sometimes very simple technology to improve their course delivery. Rotman's own Gerhard Trippen (Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, OM & Statistics) has developed his own assessment tool called UTORMAT that generates, presents, and automatically marks sets of randomized, algorithmically generated questions (besides more standard type questions such as multiple choice and true/false or short answer). Read the full article here.