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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Webinar and Webconferencing Tool:

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

Update (May 2021): The University has received proposals and is currently evaluating those, with an aspiration to move forward to an implementation stage in June.

Update (March 2021): University has completed the process of gathering requirements through a community-wide consultation, and an RFP is expected to be posted on MERX in early March. As part of the process, community members will have an opportunity to attend proponent presentations in the Spring or Summer of 2021. Please stay tuned for more information.

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Plagiarism Detection:

The contract University’s current plagiarism detection solution expires at the end of 2021. The University will be required to return to the marketplace before that.

Update (May 2021): The University has received proposals and is currently evaluating those, with an aspiration to move forward to an implementation stage in June.

Update (March 2021): The Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (OECM) recently completed a request for pre-approved vendors process in this solution category. The University investigated those options through a community consultation process, however after determining that the overall value of a potential contract was high enough to require a formal RFP process, we have initiated that process. An RFP is expected to be posted to MERX in early March.

For more information, please contact Quercus Help

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Discussion Boards:

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. Recommendations were been put forward to the Academic Toolbox Executive Steering Committee, and the following tools were approved for support at an enterprise level: Canvas Native Discussion Tool, PeppeR, and Piazza.

Update (February 2021): In December of 2020, Piazza announced changes to its licensing model, which required the University to re-examine current offerings. A temporary solution was put in place to allow instructors to continue using Piazza, along with another product called Ed (EdSTEM), in addition to PeppeR and the native Canvas tool over the course of the January 2021 semester. Moving forward, the University will be conducting another procurement process over the summer, and functional requirements are currently being gathered.

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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 2021): The University has received proposals and is near completion on the review of those proposals, with the goal of releasing a list of pre-approved suppliers over the summer.

Update (January 2021): After gathering its requirements, the University issued a RFSQ.

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

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Peer Collaboration Tool

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

Update (September 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.

For more information, please contact Quercus Help