Teaching and Technology


Blackboard is U of T’s institutionally supported learning management system (LMS) and Student Portal. Blackboard is integrated with ROSI (U of T’s student information system) and is a full-featured LMS with an advanced content system, a variety of student communication tools, and easy-to-use course administration features. New faculty are invited to find out more by contacting the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation or by browsing through the Portal Information web site: www.portalinfo.utoronto.ca

Licensed Software Office
The Licensed Software Office negotiates and administers software license agreements with many vendors in order to decrease overall software costs to the University.  Faculty, staff and students may purchase software which includes the following applications: communications software; compilers and programming languages; database systems; geographical information systems; hardware packages; integrated desktop packages; LAN systems; mathematical, statistical and scientific packages; operating systems; parallel programming systems; plotting packages; text research; virus protection software; visualization packages; and page layout packages.

Media Distribution: Video Collection
Since 1970, the Information Commons has produced hundreds of video programs. Faculty may order copies of these videos for teaching purposes. Please visit their web site for a complete list of the collection and details on ordering

Bookable Rooms
There are five bookable rooms on the first floor of Robarts Library which can be used to rehearse class presentations and are equipped with large screen displays for this purpose. Please note that you will need to bring your own computer.

These rooms are for academic purposes or other University-related projects only. Full details and room schedules are available at www.utoronto.ca/ic/rooms/index.html.

Information and Instructional Technology Services staff offer leadership in the application of information technologies in support of teaching, learning, research, and administrative operations at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. Visit their web site at: webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/ccweb/index.php

UTM’s Computing Services department can assist faculty with the following: IT Consultation; internet access from your home and office; site licensed software sale and support; email accounts; wireless access; departmental and course web page support; slide making; and WebCT support. Visit their web site at: www.utm.utoronto.ca/computing-services/

Instructors wishing to use audio-visual equipment in the classroom (e.g. data projectors, video, film, audio) should speak to their departments. Some divisions have in-house equipment and technicians that may be utilized; others may need to make arrangements with on-campus service providers.  Please note: some classrooms on campus have their own permanent dedicated audio-visual equipment.  If you have specific technological requirements you should speak with your department/division before the start of your course.

Crowdmark is a collaborative online grading and analytics platform available over the Internet. Crowdmark workflow provides efficiency gains in exam administration, grading, data recording and analysis, returning exams and handling regrade requests, and data visualizations of student performance. The University of Toronto currently has an agreement with Crowdmark that makes the tool available via our Learning Portal (Blackboard). Please visit the Crowdmark page for more information.