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September 28th, 2021

Good morning Rotman! 

In this week's edition, you will find fresh news on the use of lapel microphones in Rotman classrooms, tips on sharing Quercus content with colleagues, Zoom polling, and in the wake of the recent MyMedia disruption, information on how to check the University's system status pages. We have also included a comprehensive guide to the new plagiarism detection tool, Ouriginal.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund, ITIF is a seed fund designed to catalyze initiatives that immediately and directly impact University of Toronto education and teaching programs through innovation and development. It is funded by the Provost, and administered by Academic and Collaborative Technologies, a partnership between the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation and Information Technology Services. The ITIF is focused specifically on the practical applications of technology in design, implementation, evaluation, curriculum renewal, faculty development, or continuing education initiatives that enrich learning. The ITIF is intended to support strategic directions in education broadly, across all disciplines. The proposed deliverable and outcomes must be closely aligned with the ongoing goals and objectives of the departments and programs from which they emerge. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is November 19, 2021.

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Lapel Mics in Rotman Classrooms

For those of you who typically use lapel microphones in the classrooms at 105 St. George, we have some good news. You can now request to check-out a lapel mic to keep for the duration of the term. You will continue to need to sign out a power pack from the front desk. If you would like to request a lapel mic, please contact the AV office at avrequests@rotman.utoronto.ca.


U of T System Status page

Occasionally you may find that a University system is not working as expected. In these situations we do our best to communicate with the community quickly, but you may want to consult UofT's system status page for immediate updates. You may also want to register for email notifications to be informed of outages and scheduled maintenance. Click here to visit the system status page (and bookmark it!).


Polling in Zoom Meetings

In addition to Rotman's Poll Everywhere license, Zoom offers a polling tool baked right into your class meetings. Polls can be set up before or during class and poll reports can be downloaded afterward. You can learn more about polling in Zoom here.


Send Quercus Pages to Another Instructor

Quercus offers a quick and easy way to share content pages with other users. Pages can be sent directly into your colleague's course pages by following the instructions on this page.


Ouriginal Plagiarism Detection Tool Guide (Document)

As you've likely heard by now, Ouriginal has replaced Turnitin as the integrated plagiarism detection tool at U of T. Ouriginal works similarly to Turnitin with some slight differences. The following document contains detailed information on everything you need to know about Ouriginal. Click here to take a look.


The Pros and Cons of 7 Digital Teaching Tools

This article published by Harvard Business Publishing Education discusses what technology to take with us and what to leave behind as we make our return to the classroom. The author of the article, Professor Robert D. Austin, discusses how he chose to implement certain digital tools in his teaching. Click here to read.