Quercus Training – online and in-class

Visit Quercus Videos and Workshop Recordings for online training videos.

Online training and support resources are available on the Toolbox Renewal website.

Contact your divisional representative for information about Quercus training.

U of T’s Quickstart Quercus workshops

Held at various locations.

This introductory, two-hour workshop will provide instructors, teaching assistants and course administrators with essential information to begin building a Quercus course. Workshop facilitators will walk-through key features and tools through demos and hands-on activities, and share best practices on how to effectively use these tools when designing Quercus courses. Topics covered include organizing a Quercus course, enrolling course staff, posting content, sending announcements, and communicating with students.

For Registration, please visit the Toolbox Renewal’s Training Schedule page: http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/training-and-support/training-schedules/

For Documentation, Online Training & Self-Paced videos, please visit the Quercus Support Resources: https://q.utoronto.ca/courses/46670/pages/support

CTSI Quercus webinars

PREREQUISITE: Attended Quickstart Quercus workshop or have equivalent proficiency using Quercus; confident use of Internet browsers.

Quickstart Quercus:

This session will provide faculty, staff and TAs with essential information to get started with building their Quercus course. Participants are provided with an overview of the layout and features included in a Quercus course, customizing course settings, communicating with students, uploading course files and adding assignments.



Organizing Your Quercus Course

This webinar will provide participants with tips for effectively organizing and structuring course content using Modules and Pages in Quercus. The following strategies and best practices will be discussed:

  • designing Home Pages that are engaging for students
  • using Quercus Modules to chunk content into manageable segments or learning units
  • structuring content that flows in a logical progression



Student Interactions and Collaborative Tools

Participants will be introduced to the tools that allow for student interactions and collaborations such as Discussions, group assignments, using Pages as a wiki tool and peer assessment.



Teaching with Webinars in Quercus

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool that is available in Quercus courses. Collaborate ultra provides the ability to conduct live classes or meetings online with synchronous video and audio. Examples of effective uses of webinars for teaching will be discussed.

This session has been developed for instructors, teaching assistants and course administrators who are looking to get an overview of using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

This interactive session will cover the following:

  • Creating and scheduling Collaborate sessions through Quercus
  • Understanding the Moderator and Participant roles
  • Sharing presentations and applications with Participants
  • Conducting polls and other interactive activities
  • Effectively managing a Collaborate Ultra session



Quizzes & Surveys

The Quiz tool in Quercus is used to create and administer online quizzes and surveys. This session will prepare instructors to use the quizzing tool. Participants will learn the quiz types that are available, how to create a quiz, explore various question types available in Quercus and customize quiz settings.



Quercus Assignments & Grading Overview

The Assignments feature in Quercus is associated with the Gradebook. Assignments guide how the Gradebook is structured and organized. This session provides participants with a detailed exploration of the settings, applications and tools available when creating and using Assignments. Participants will also learn about the SpeedGrader tool, and how it can be used to provide formative feedback to students for online file submissions.




Accessible access to the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation:
Enter Robarts Library from 130 St. George Street, sidewalk level, main doors. Take the P5 Elevator (Floors 1 to 5) to the 4th floor.

Enter the main doors to your right (labelled Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation above the door).

The Blackburn Room is to your right. The CTSI office is at the end of that hall. Look for numbers above doors for other room locations.

If you have an accommodation need for a CTSI workshop or event, please email ctsi.teaching@utoronto.ca or call 416.946.3139 and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.