Tips when taking Quizzes on Quercus

Here are 8 friendly and useful tips when taking a quiz on Quercus. 

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Changes Coming to Zoom Recordings Protocol for Undergraduate Students

There will be an update to the recording protocol on Zoom’s video conferencing and webinar services that may affect undergraduate students’ existing recordings saved to the Zoom Cloud and how undergraduate students can save future recordings.

Effective May 1, undergraduate students will no longer be able to save their recordings to the Zoom cloud storage. Additionally, the 365-Day Retention Protocol will still be in effect for all recordings saved to the Zoom cloud prior to May 1, 2023. All recordings made prior to May 1, 2023 will only be held in the Zoom Cloud for 365 days starting from their recording date.

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Announcement regarding using Safari with Quercus!

Please be advised that students and staff have been encountering image loading problems when using Safari browser with Quercus. This can impact you when you’re taking quizzes in Quercus.  Therefore, please do one of the following options to avoid any disruptions:

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Coffee with the CISO – Remote Security Matters

Learn about cyber security with the University of Toronto’s (U of T) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Isaac Straley.



Coursera is now available for Students

Did you know that Coursera is available to any current student at the University of Toronto?

As a student, you have access to high-quality instructional videos through Coursera. There are 100s of free, on-demand lectures from top instructors around the world. Access Coursera  with your University of Toronto email address.


Team Up! Active Learning App

U of T is a large school, so large that you can go your entire academic life here without knowing your classmates. Team Up! solves this problem and gives you an opportunity to work practically in a team with some of your course members. Team Up! is not available in all Quercus courses yet but here’s a sneak preview. You may be familiar with Top Hat, so let’s take that knowledge and level it up! Continue reading

Post Holiday PREP: What You Should Know After the Holiday Break

Happy New Year! It’s been a nice cozy winter break. Now that you have warmed up by the fire with a nice warm drink, and are well-rested from the holiday season, it’s time to get prepped and refresh yourself for the brand new year ahead of you! Let’s take all that momentum from the break, and put it into making this school year one of the best ones yet!

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What to do DURING the U of T Holiday Break?

Exams are over. Time for hot chocolate and cozy sweaters.  Ahhh! It is so tempting not to think about school while on the holiday break, but it is around the corner. And, for you eager beavers who can’t wait to access your courses, rest assured, I’m here to help you prepare for the new year!

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Basic Troubleshooting

It’s crunch time, and that means that students will be using Quercus (Canvas) to access their course materials. It’s a good idea to check if your computer is up-to-date and browsers (e.g., Google Chrome, Safari, Edge ) are compatible with Quercus to avoid access issues. So, to save you from any additional stress let’s fix the problem before it begins.  Here are some basic troubleshooting methods you can use to understand and fix a problem you may have, or prevent any future delays. We also recommend reading Is Taking an Online Course Right for Me? There are some great tips here for students who are learning online and how to stay motivated throughout the course. First, take a deep breath and do not panic.

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How To Login To Quercus

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The Student Experience: Quercus One Year Later

It’s been about a year since we transitioned from Portal (Blackboard) to Quercus (Canvas).  We all went on a journey getting to know the new learning system . A few students have shared their experiences using Quercus, and provided their tips and strategies for new and returning students. 

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What Browser do you use for Quercus?


Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be a supported browser by Quercus (Canvas) as of August 3rd, 2019.

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iClicker, Why-Clicker?: Classroom Response Systems

iClicker software works in combination with presentation software like PowerPoint or Keynote. Instructors use the software to pose multiple-choice questions to students during lecture. Students respond to the questions using an iClicker remote, which should be registered through Quercus for use.

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Notification Settings on the Quercus System

Buzz, buzz. You have a new message. ‘A new announcement was posted by your instructor’. Buzz, buzz you have another message. ‘Assignment 1 instructions were added to the course’.

For a student to be up to date on new course material posted online, announcements, course readings, or weekly lectures is important but you also want to enable notification settings to your personal preferences.
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Learn about Quercus through Videos

Want to learn how to use Quercus? Do I have a solution for you! There are lots of videos that can teach you the different tools on Quercus. Canvas is the learning platform that runs Quercus. So, sit back relax and hit play!

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UPDATE: LinkedIn Learning (formerly

LinkedIn Learning will no longer be available for students starting September 30, 2020.  

Did you know that LinkedIn Learning (formerly is available to any current student at the University of Toronto?

As a student, you have access to high-quality instructional videos.

Use your UTORid to log in and choose from more than 1,400 online self-paced courses that cover a wide range of topics such as:

  • Learning Canvas (Quercus)
  • Learning Study Skills
  • Time Management Fundamentals
  • Excel 2019 Essential Training
  • PowerPoint 2019 Essential Training
  • More!

Learn more and log into: 

Inbox Tool: Student View

Learn how to use the Inbox Tool

First understand how to use the Inbox Tool: 

  1. Global Navigation, click Inbox
  2. Select the course of whom you want to send the message
  3. Click on the Compose a new Message
  4. In the ‘To’ field either type in the name or use the Course Roster to find the recipient
  5. Select person and type the subject and message
  6. Click Send
  7. You can look in the sent to conform if message was sent

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Group Tool: The Student Side of Things

Do you have group projects in your class? Does your instructor insist on using Groups on Quercus? 

Well we can help you use the group tool successfully for your course! 

The People tool is important for groups. Make sure your instructor has made People available in the course menu for you if they want students to join groups. Also, please check with your instructor before creating groups. Your instructor must enable the ability for students to create their own groups. 

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Course Availability

This is a shout out for all you eager beavers! Yes,  I’m talking to you. You read Course Availability and jump right into this to find out  

  1. When your courses will be available
  2. How will you know if your course is available

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A View on Quercus from First Year

This fall, University of Toronto faculty and students switched to using a new learning toolbox called Quercus. As a first-year student, I don’t have much to compare the new system to, but so far, I’ve found that the system is simple to navigate. It looks very modern and clean with the different sections neatly organized and all the tools you could possibly need for a course.

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Why the Calendar Tool is Useful for Students

We all understand what a calendar does and how to read/use one, but Quercus has a few interesting features that can help you be more organized with school. Here’s some tips to help you take advantage of the Calendar tool:

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How to Change or Update your Profile in Quercus

In Quercus, you can enhance/be creative with your profile page, since it is not your official personal information profile with the University of Toronto.  (That information is found on ACORN.  For help using ACORN, see ACORN Help How-to).  As such, feel free to add a biography and relevant personal links.

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Unauthorized Message? Page Not Found? Here’s What To Do!

Big flashy RED warning sign? Page Not Found. Don’t know what happened?  Do not fear!

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Submitting Assignments to your Course

Knowing how to submit your assignment for your courses is easy to learn and important to understand. 

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We’re switching to Quercus!, it’s as easy as that.

The word Quercus may be hard to remember but getting onto the login page is simple! This is starting off well. Like Portal, you simply login with your UTORid. We get to a nice home screen, the Dashboard. It’s very clean and colourful, pleasant for the eyes.

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Goodbye Portal, Hello Quercus

Quercus will replace the Learning Portal (Blackboard) on September 1st, 2018.

Quercus, powered by Canvas, is the new online learning platform at the University of Toronto. Not only can students keep on top of course activities and deadlines, they can work together in groups, and check their course progress and feedback from their instructor, all from any device.

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Finding my way around Quercus

The first thing you see when you log on to Quercus is the Dashboard that displays your current courses. The great thing I love about Quercus is that the course cards are colourful and customizable. Let’s be real, I don’t WANT to do work but I have to. If I’m going to do work I want to see what I want to see. I can choose the colours of my courses and I can also give it a “nickname” for my courses. For example, I put my favourite colours on my courses to get me happy and excited to dive into work. I gave my course nicknames that will motivate me to do work or to energize me. Quercus lets you have fun with this! Let your creativity run wild! I personally put song lyrics that hypes me up!

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How do I view my Grades?

Viewing grades on Quercus is a nice and easy 2-step process!

  1. From the Global Navigation menu on the left-hand side of any Quercus page, select Courses.
  2. From your Course Menu click on Grades.

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Messaging the Instructor

With so much information coming at us at all times from multiple courses students usually have questions, inquiries and a need for clarification, especially before an assignment, project or final exam. Therefore, a reliable method of messaging the instructor is always a key tool that must be included on any platform, since the ability to contact the professor outside the classroom is a fundamental aspect of learning that allows students and professors to stay connected outside of the classroom. This is where Quercus’s Inbox comes in, and luckily it makes this communication as seamless and easy as possible!

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Quercus: There’s an App For That!

News flash: there’s a student app for Quercus, the new University of Toronto learning management engine! Canvas Student is the app from Quercus’ parent service Canvas which I only discovered recently, powering all Canvas implementations, including Quercus. With a great user interface, the essential functionality of the Desktop app is captured well in this simple yet powerful application.

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