Quercus Support Resources & the Academic Toolbox
The Academic Toolbox helps you...
The tools in your Quercus Academic Toolbox can assist in keeping your course content organized and easy for your students to find.
For example, you can Copy Content from a previous Course, Organize your content in Modules and Pages , make your content stand out using the Quercus Rich Content Editor, or add Videos & Pictures to your Quercus course page.
You can view these example and many others to help organize your content in the Tool Guides section.
The Academic Toolbox can also assist with...
Resources for instructors in regards to Generative AI use at U of T:
- Teaching with Generative AI at U of T (Center for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI))
- ChatGPT and Generative AI in the Classroom (Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education (VPIUE))
- 10 Things You Should Know About Generative AI for Fall 2023 (Center for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI))
- Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom (Center for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI))
- Generative AI tools and Copyright Considerations (University of Toronto Libraries)
- AI Readings: Artificial Intelligence in Teaching and Learning (Academic, Research & Collaborative (ARC) technologies group)
- AI chatbot Microsoft Copilot available to U of T employees (Information Technology Services (ITS))
- Guidelines on using artificial intelligence (University of Toronto Information Security)
Approved Generative AI tools:
Ensuring your course is accessible is an important part of course design and delivery. Please consult some of our resources:
- Accessibility Guidelines (CTSI resource)
- Captioning Videos (CTSI Teaching with Technology article)
- Accessibility and Quercus (section in the Quercus Quick Guide)
We also have numerous webinar recordings to assist with incorporating and embedding accessibility into your course:
- Accommodations and Accessibility in Remote/Online Teaching (October 26 2020 recording)
- Exploring Captioning and Transcription Tools (August 11 2021 recording)
- Making Learning Accessible: Accessibility Services and Accommodations (January 26 2021 recording)
We have the following resources to assist with Active Learning in the classroom:
- Active Learning at the University of Toronto
- Join the ALC Hub – Active Learning Classroom (ALC) Hub
- Active Learning Anywhere – webinar recording
- Active Learning Strategies for Online Teaching webinar recording
- Teaching with Technology 2.0: Improving Engagement and Collaboration with Educational Technologies – webinar recording
Access Quercus at q.utoronto.ca
Just getting started? No problem, check out the Quercus Quick Guide for guidance around getting up and running with your Quercus course as well as important administrative functions that occur in Quercus.
You can also consult our information pages on the following Quercus elements:
Looking for something specific? You can search and browse all of our Teaching with Technology Resources and Tool Guides here:
Your course home page sets the tone for your course and often is the source of a student’s first impression of your course. CTSI’s asynchronous program provides you with the tools you need to build an inviting and welcoming learning environment, starting with the course home page. We anticipate this asynchronous program will take up to two hours to complete.
By the end of this online self-paced program, you will be able to:
- Describe social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence as part of the community of inquiry model
- Utilize the Rich Content Editor in Quercus to edit text and include audiovisual materials on Quercus Pages
- Create a Course Home Page that fosters social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence
This program and others can be found on our Self-Paced Programs listing page.