Projects

New and Third-party teaching tools extend the functionality of the University of Toronto’s Academic Toolbox – Quercus. They add new capabilities to the system, including access to external course content, additional grading or assignment capabilities, or news ways to interact with and between students. In order to integrate these new tools and alternate “apps” at UofT, the tools first need to go through a formal process including approval by the executive steering committee. The following ideas have been approved as projects.

Tool NameDescriptionLinkTypeTargeted ReleaseStatus
ACE Podium software (Opencast)Opencast lecture capture software is being deployed to STG classroom podiums.https://ace.utoronto.ca/index.htmlContentFall 2020 session startIn Progress
APSC Advisor AppPlease contact Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Registrar for more details on this project.AnalyticsFall 2019 session startCompleted
Blackboard Collaborate UltraCollaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact.https://www.blackboard.com/teaching-learning/collaboration-web-conferencing/blackboard-collaborateCommunicationSummer 2018 session startCompleted
BlueprintsThe Blueprints feature in Canvas allows sub-accounts (divisional 'sub-domains') to manage the default course templates in Quercus, among other capabilities. We are establishing a working group of professional staff to review and test the feature.https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-11513-canvas-release-blueprint-coursesAdministrativeFall 2019 session start
Completed
Canvas Analytics BetaInstructure has developed a new version of its Canvas Analytics (which includes dashboard reports at the course level for instructors). Before making the new version available, we need to run tests.https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-15878-analytics-beta-table-of-contentsAnalyticsFall 2019 session startCompleted
CrowdmarkCrowdmark is an online collaborative grading platform that enables educators to evaluate student work more effectively.https://crowdmark.com/AssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
Crowdmark Upgrade
Crowdmark has made recent changes to the way it integrates with Quercus. The team is testing the new method before release.https://crowdmark.com/higher-ed/AssessmentFall 2019 session startOn Hold
Discussion toolsWe currently have two options for asynchronous discussion-type tools. We have also received requests for other similar tools. We have convened a working group to review our offerings.CommunicationIn Progress
Engineering Assignment Assessment SystemAn online grading platform to support engineering design courses. The system allows students to form teams, and for students and instructors to share files, evaluations, and project information.AssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
ExamityThe University completed a formal RFVQ process that resulted in two vendors of record for online proctoring services. We are proceeding with the technical work to facilitate that integration.https://examity.com/AssessmentFall 2019 session startIn Progress
Explorance BlueBlue is an adaptive course evaluation solution.https://explorance.com/products/blue/AdministrativeSummer 2018 session startCompleted
Explorance Blue upgradeExplorance has released an upgrade to its LMS integration tool for Blue (the course evaluations system).https://explorance.com/products/blueAdministrativeFall 2020 session startIn Progress
iClicker ClassicClassroom engagement software solution designed for simplicity and speed.https://www.iclicker.com/instructors/software/iclicker-classic/Classroom TechFall 2018 session startCompleted
Labster V1Labster is a virtual laboratory simulator.https://www.labster.com/AssessmentWinter 2019 session startCompleted
Labster V2Labster offers students a true-to-life lab experience at a fraction of the cost of a real labhttps://www.labster.com/ContentFall 2020 session startPilot
LibAppsThe Library Resources integration allows discipline-specific library resources (also known as research guides, or libguides) to automatically appear in your Quercus course. It also provides students with quick access to commonly used library links, including the library’s article and catalogue search.https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/faculty-quercusContentSummer 2019 session startCompleted
Library Course ReservesOnline course readings available through U of T Libraries.https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/course-reservesContentFall 2018 session startCompleted
MarkUsMarkUs is an online marking application developed by the Department of Computer Science. We are assisting the CS team in making their application LTI compliant and integratable with Quercus.https://github.com/MarkUsProject/MarkusAssessmentTBDOn Hold
McGraw Hill ConnectConnect is a course management and adaptive learning solution.https://www.mheducation.com/highered/connect.htmlContentFall 2018 session startPilot
MS Teams MeetingsMicrosoft Teams Meetings allows customers with Microsoft accounts to create video conference meeting links in Canvas.https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-18558-microsoft-teams-meetings-in-canvas#jive_content_id_UsageCommunicationSummer 2020 session startCompleted
New GradebookInstructure has developed a new version of its gradebook. Before making the new version available institutionally, we need to run tests.https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13333-canvas-release-new-gradebookAssessmentFall 2019 session startCompleted
New WileyPLUS (WileyPLUS Next Generation)The next generation of WileyPLUS gives instructors the freedom and flexibility to easily customize their course, keeping students engaged and on track.https://www.wileyplus.com/platforms/wileyplus/ContentFall 2020 session startCompleted
NSSEThe National Survey of Student Engagement is a survey mechanism used to measure the level of student participation at universities and colleges in Canada and the United States as it relates to learning and engagementhttp://nsse.indiana.edu/AdministrativeWinter 2020 session startCompleted
Office 365 (OneDrive)The University has a significant investment in both the O365 suite as well as Quercus. It is possible to provide a more seamless integration between the two. We are proceeding with the technical work to facilitate that integration.https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Releases-Board/Canvas-Release-Microsoft-Office-365-LTI-2016-12-10/m-p/249358#toc-hId-1969176987ContentFall 2020 session startCompleted
Pearson MyLab and MasteringMyLab and Mastering is a collection of online homework, tutorial, and assessment products.https://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/ContentFall 2018 session startCompleted
Peer Work ToolsWe currently have two options for peer collaboration and assessment-type tools. We have convened a working group to review our offerings.AssessmentIn Progress
peerScholarPeerScholar is an online peer- and self-assessment tool.https://vision.peerscholar.com/AssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
PeppeRPeppeR is a web-based collaborative workspace where learners can engage in in-depth inquiry.http://www.pepperproject.ca/CommunicationFall 2018 session startCompleted
PiazzaPiazza is a free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors.https://piazza.com/CommunicationFall 2020 session startCompleted
ProctorUThe University completed a formal RFVQ process that resulted in two vendors of record for online proctoring services. We are proceeding with the technical work to facilitate that integration.https://www.proctoru.com/AssessmentWinter 2020 session startPilot
Publisher InterfacesThere are many potential publisher integrations available for Quercus. When handled individually, each integration project can take months to complete. One of the biggest hurdles is compliance with information security and privacy standards. We have convened a working group to review the middleware options and make a recommendation.
ContentIn Progress
Quizzes.NextInstructure has developed a new version of its quiz tool. Before making the new version available, we need to run tests.https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-15014-67952929189AssessmentFall 2019 session startCompleted
QuizzicalQuizzical is educational software designed to help students engage more deeply with course material.https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/technology/quizzicalAssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
TeamUp!TeamUp! is an online assessment tool for synchronous group work.https://qstudents.utoronto.ca/team-up-active-learning-app/AssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
TopHat ARSThe University completed a formal RFVQ process that resulted in two vendors of record for Audience Response Systems.https://tophat.com/audience-response-system/Classroom techFall 2020 session startCompleted
Turnitin Turnitin is an Internet-based plagiarism detection service.https://www.turnitin.com/AssessmentSummer 2018 session startCompleted
UT Advanced Group Tool (UTAGT)UTAGT is a custom developed tool that provides enhanced group management functionality within Quercus.https://q.utoronto.ca/courses/46670/pages/groups#UTAGTAdministrativeFall 2018 session startCompleted
UT Grade Export Tool (UTGET)UTGET is a custom developed tool for exporting grades from Quercus.AssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
UT Optical Mark Recognition (UTOMR)UTOMR is a custom developed tool used to upload grades from optical mark recognition software into Quercus.https://q.utoronto.ca/courses/46670/pages/integration-ut-optical-mark-recognition-grade-uploadAssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
UT Quercus Administrative Tool (UTQAT)UTQAT is a custom developed tool that provides enhanced administrative functions in Quercus.AdministrativeFall 2019 session startCompleted
Vocabulary Expansion AcceleratorVEA is an interactive online tool to engage students in language development using course materials.https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/eld/vocabulary-expansion-accelerator-vea-instructor-guideAssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
WebWorkWebWork is an open-source online homework system for math and sciences courses.https://webwork.maa.org/AssessmentFall 2018 session startCompleted
WileyPLUSResearch-based online environment for effective teaching and learning.https://www.wileyplus.com/ContentFall 2018 session startCompleted
YouTubeYouTube is an online video-sharing platform.https://www.youtube.com/ContentSummer 2018 session startCompleted