ACT Major Projects

Welcome to the ACT Major Projects Update Wiki

For information on Academic Toolbox Integration Projects, please visit our dedicated website: https://act.utoronto.ca/toolbox/

For information on Instructional Technology Innovation Projects, please visit our dedicated website: https://itif.utoronto.ca

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Plagiarism Detection:

The contract University’s current plagiarism detection solution expires at the end of 2020. The University will be required to return to the marketplace before that.

Update (August 2020): The Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (OECM) recently completed a request for pre-approved vendors process in this solution category. The University is currently investigating those options through a community consultation process that involves presentations by a short list of potential suppliers.

All presentations have now occurred, and recordings are available for people to watch for a limited time: Please visit: https://act.utoronto.ca/plagiarism-presentations/. The next stage will be to survey those who attended the sessions to provide feedback to the working group. The aspiration for the working group is to make a recommendation to the Academic Toolbox Steering Committee as early in the coming semester as possible.

Members of the Working Group:

      • Prof. Raviraj Adve, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
      • Laura Ferlito – Associate Director, Academic Integrity & Petitions, FA&S
      • Lucy Gaspini, Director, Academic Success & Integrity, UTM
      • Prof. David Goldreich, Rotman Commerce
      • Dr. Pamela Gravestock, Director, Teaching Support & Faculty Development, FA&S
      • Ryan Green, Application Administration, ACT/ITS
      • Simone Laughton, Head, Library & Instructional Technologies, UTM
      • Prof. Renan Levine, Political Science
      • Saira Mall, Associate Director, Education Commons, OISE
      • Nisha Panchal, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Officer, UTSC
      • Dr. Andrea Russell, Director, Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice-President & Provost
      • Prof. Steve Szigeti, CCIT

For more information, please contact Quercus Help

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Peer Collaboration Tool

The contract for the University’s current peer collaboration tool expires in the spring of 2020. The University will be required to return to the marketplace before that.

Update (July 2020): For several years we have provided instructors with access to an integrated peer collaboration tool called peerScholar. The agreement for that solution expired at the end of April. We issued an RFP through Procurement Services. A proposal evaluation group reviewed submitted solutions and they have made a recommendation to the Academic Toolbox Executive Steering Committee, which has been tentatively accepted, pending the completion of contract negotiations. Pending completion, an announcement will be posted here.

Members of the review committee: Prof. Lisa Harvey (UTSC), Prof. Gerhard Trippen (UTM), William Heikoop (Online Learning Strategies Coordinator), and Ryan Green (Academic Toolbox Integration Specialist)

For more information, please contact Quercus Help

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Webinar and Webconferencing Tool:

The contract for the University’s current webinar/web conferencing solution expires in the summer of 2021. The University will be required to return to the marketplace before that.

Update (May 2020): University is currently gathering its requirements through a community-wide consultation.

For more information, please write to: Webinar Community Feedback

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Discussion Boards:

The University is currently investigating various options for more fulsome asynchronous discussion board solutions for use by instructors in teaching.

Update (July 2020):

Last year, as part of the regular process to review the Academic Toolbox, stabilizing our discussion board options was deemed to be a priority. This is especially important now, given the move to remote and online teaching, and the importance these tools play in asynchronous course delivery. A working group of faculty members and technical experts was struck* and the group began by reviewing our current offerings and other potential options. A recommendation has been put forward to the Academic Toolbox Executive Steering Committee, and will be posted here pending approval.

Members of the working group were:

    • Prof. Sherry Fukuzawa (UTM Anthropology & Associate Dept. Chair),
    • Prof. Diane Horton (FAS Computer Science),
    • Prof. Kimberley MacKinnon (OISE MT Program),
    • Prof. Derek Ng (BMC),
    • Prof. Daniel Frances (Engineering Industrial),
    • Marco Di Vittorio and Ryan Green (Technical Specialists, ACT ITS)

For more information, please contact Quercus Help

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WordPress Service Providers:

Given the increase in the number of internal University departments seeking WordPress design, development and hosting solutions, university is currently working towards issuing a request for pre-approved suppliers for WordPress services. This will be similar to the current list of pre-approved Drupal service providers already available to departments at the University (see https://www.procurement.utoronto.ca/supplier-directory/drupal-website for more on pre-approved Drupal suppliers).

Update (May 2020): University is currently gathering its requirements.

For more information, please contact Enterprise Web Services

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Jupyter:

The University is currently investigating solutions to deploy an enterprise instance of Jupiter Electronic Lab Notebooks for use in courses across the University.

For more information, please contact Quercus Help

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EVE Event Registration and Management System:

EVE is an online application specialized in managing events and event registration at the University of Toronto.  It is designed to facilitate the interaction between event registrants and organizers, allowing users to track their events through their EVE accounts, and organizers can keep registrants up to date with event listings and notifications.

Update (July 2020): EVE is now generally available to all divisions and departments at the University of Toronto for $1200/year.  This includes unlimited number of users and events.

For more information, please contact Enterprise Web Services webservices@utoronto.ca or visit https://help.eve.utoronto.ca