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September 15th, 2021

Good morning Rotman! 

In this week's newsletter you will find links to register for various online workshops offered by eCampusOntario. They are running sessions for this fall semester to share knowledge, experience, and teaching practices as well as contribute to the digital fluency of educators.

This week we also want to highlight the new plagiarism detection tool, Ouriginal. U of T's Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) ran an overview session on the functionality of Ouriginal for faculty last Wednesday. You can find more information and the link to the recording below.

Below you will also find information on the accessibility tool within Quercus, as well as a short article on how educators can make the return to the classroom easier for students.

2021 ITIF (Instructional Technology Innovation Fund) IS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.

The funding unit is accepting applications from fully appointed Faculty (both streams) and Librarians only. Projects must support degree credit courses and programs. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is November 19, 2021.

For more information on course design, video creation, and Quercus, please visit rotmandigital.ca 

If you have feedback, questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to reach out to us at rotmandigital@rotman.utoronto.ca.

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Ouriginal Faculty Webinar Recording

As previously announced, Ouriginal has replaced Turnitin as our newly-integrated plagiarism detection tool. CTSI recently ran a webinar for faculty highlighting some of Ouriginal's key features and how they work within Quercus. You can find the link to the recording here.

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Online Workshops by eCampusOntario

eCampusOntario is hosting online workshops designed to enhance educator's teaching practices for the Fall 2021 semester. These sessions will focus on digital educational tools and how best to deploy them in your course. Click here to register.

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Quercus Accessibility Checker

The Rich Content Editor within Quercus includes a useful tool to help ensure your course-content is accessible. It will flag hard-to-read colours, incorrect usage of tables, missing alt-text for images, and more. Click here to see how this feature works in Quercus.

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Make Returning to the Classroom Easier

This Harvard Business Publishing article outlines how instructors can help ease the transition back to campus after such a long absence. The focus is less on pedagogy and more on the psychological factors associated with returning to campus for both students and instructors. Click here to read.

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