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.
What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool. It’s not your ordinary video call tool. Participants can share their screen during the session, and discuss and ask questions in the comments. Also, individuals can speak one at a time and there is an option to ‘raise your hand’ to ask questions during the session. Your instructor decides how they will deliver the course content and which features to use.
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!
Did you know that Lynda.com 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
Learn more and log into Lynda.com.
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!
If your instructor or TA has said they are using Turnitin for the course, but you have a few questions, such as: What is Turnitin? How to use it on Quercus? and more? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
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
- When your courses will be available
- How will you know if your course is available
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.
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:
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.
Knowing how to submit your assignment for your courses is easy to learn and important to understand.
Q.utoronto.ca, 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.
Quercus will replace the Learning Portal (Blackboard) on September 1st, 2018.
Quercus, powered by the 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.
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!
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.