EdTech Tip Sheet: January 2024

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Happy New Year! This is a short issue of the ETO's newsletter (regular features to return for the next issue) but we wanted to kick of the Winter 2024 term with a few recommendations and reminders. We're focusing on tips that you can complete (or things that you should know) before your class launches next week.

Pictured (Front row, left to right): James Zhan, Inga Breede, Irina Belaya, Anna Limanni, Maggie Laidlaw, Favour Nwanna, Ellie Luo. (Back row, left to right): Cheryl Lee,
Marisa Curmi, Allison Van Beek. 

Read on for our January 2024 Tips:

  1. Complete the Quercus Start-of-term Checklist
  2. Find out what's changed since September in the Academic Toolbox
  3. Enable OpenCast (OCCS) to automatically record your class

1. Complete the Quercus Start-of-term Checklist

For a few last-minute tips on how to effectively launch your Quercus course, try the ETO's Start-of-term Quercus checklist (don't forget to publish your Quercus course!). 
  1. Access your course
  2. Organize your Quercus course dashboard
  3. Import content from a previous course or use a Quercus Template
  4. Organize course content with modules
  5. Create a course homepage
  6. Use checklists
  7. Customize your course navigation
  8. Set up your assessments
  9. Add course staff (i.e., Teaching Assistants)
  10. Publish your course
  11. Send a welcome announcement
If you have additional questions about start-of-term tasks for your Quercus course, email us at fase.edtech@utoronto.ca or schedule a consultation
Complete the Checklist

2. Find out what's changed in the Academic Toolbox (since September 2023)

What's changed in the past few months? The January 2024 update highlights updates to the Crowdmark Exam Matcher, information about MS Copilot for staff and faculty, a reminder about changes to Ed Discussion, and new options in Quercus Calendar.

  1. Crowdmark: Updates to Exam Matcher
  2. MS Copilot: Access for faculty, staff, and librarians
  3. Ed Discussion: Access Update Reminder
  4. Quercus Calendar: Options for recurring events and events for different sections

3. Enable auto-recording of your course (using OpenCast)

Whether or not you plan to release recordings of your class sessions to your students, we always recommend enabling OpenCast (see if your classroom has this built-in content capturing tool using LSM's Instructor Portal). It comes in handy when you are supporting an accommodation request, if you want to review your own teaching practice, or if you decide that you'd like to release the recordings openly to your class via your Quercus course. For more information, see our overview of OpenCast's features
Read the OpenCast Operation Guide

Looking for more in-classroom support?

Log in to the LSM Instructor Portal to join the Tech2U program. Via this Portal, instructors can also view which classrooms they are scheduled in, book classroom technology equipment, and request site visits. For further assistance, email lsm.tech2U@utoronto.ca.

Set the default browser in MS Teams

If you've downloaded the latest version of MS Teams, you might have noticed that when you open links shared via Teams they are opening in Microsoft Edge. If Edge is not your primary browser, you can change how links open by following the instructions in this Quick Tech Tip.

How to change how links open in MS Teams

  1. Open your MS Teams settings menu using the "..." icon.
  2. Select the "Files and links" advanced settings from the Settings menu on the left of your screen.
  3. Select "Default browser" from the "Always open links in" drop down menu.

Curious about the photos in the banner?

This month's banner images are a few photos taken by the ETO team during the past month:
Row 01: Left: Christmas cat (Maggie Laidlaw)
Row 01: Right: City Lights (Irina Belaya)
Row 02: Left: Homer Simpson Backs Into the Bushes cookies (Inga Breede)
Row 02: Right: Die Hard Ornament (Inga Breede)
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What is the FASE Education Technology Office? The Education Technology Office (ETO) supports academic teaching activities in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering by providing leadership, consultation, development and support of academic technology solutions. If you’re using a technology tool in the classroom (or thinking about using a technology tool in the classroom), we are here to help you plan and support it at every stage.


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