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Portal Training Workshops: Winter 2017

Recent Updates: Instructor Quick Start Guide | Organize Your Course Guide | Turnitin in the Learning Portal | Assignment Inline Grading | Lecture Capture

Tips for Instructors: Access to Portal Course Sites | Grade an Assignment | Set Up a Weighted Total | Course Access | Copy Content to a New Course | Create an Assignment | Share Content Externally

Tips for Students: Course Access | Mobile Apps

Recently Reported Issues:  Course Emails and OneClass | MyMedia | Turnitin | Accessing Discussion Boards | Course Builder Role and Tests, Surveys, and Pools


Portal Training Workshops

See our list of Portal Training Sessions for Winter 2017.


Recent Updates

Instructor Quick Start Guide

Find out how to access your Portal course, perform common course tasks, troubleshoot issues, and explore additional support resources with this quick start guide for instructors.

Organize Your Course Guide

Get some tips and tricks on how to customize the appearance of your course, organize your course materials, and create a clean, easy-to-navigate course site that is engaging for students with this guide on giving your course a makeover!

Turnitin in the Learning Portal

Turnitin, an electronic resource that assists in the deterrence of plagiarism, has been integrated into the Portal. To learn more about this tool, including its Conditions of Use, please see Turnitin in the Learning Portal.  For those already familiar with the tool, find out how to Create a Turnitin Assignment and Review Assignment Submisssions.

Assignment Inline Grading

When students submit their assignments through the Blackboard Assignment feature, Instructors are now able to view and comment on submissions using Inline Grading, directly within the browser. 

Lecture Capture

Users of Techsmith Relay 4 must update to TechSmith Relay 5 in order to upload recordings.  Please see the Techsmith Relay page for download instructions.

Need some inspiration on teaching with technology? See how Prof. Colin Furness used Lecture Capture software to foster collaboration skills among his students.


Tips for Instructors

Instructor Access to Portal Course Sites

Instructor should contact their departmental business officer or other departmental ROSI administrator for access to course websites in advance of formally being hired and/or placed inside ROSI. Portal Help staff cannot manually enroll people in Portal courses. For more information see Requests for Access to Course Websites.

Grading Assignments

Learn how to provide feedback and grade assignment submissions from your students.

Setting Up a Weighted Total

Have multiple assessments each with different weighting? Set up the Weighted Total column!

Teaching in the Winter?

Find out how to Access Your Course. If you cannot see your course, please contact your department.

Copying Content to a New Course

Rather than recreating a course, you can copy content and course materials from a previously taught course into your new course.

Creating Assignments

Let students submit files for grading online through your Portal course. Find out how to create an Assignment here.

Sharing Course Content Externally

You can share files or folders with users who don't have access to the Portal or your course content, via Passes. A pass creates a URL which provides access to the Content Collection. This is an extremely useful and very handy tool for instructors wanting to share resources with students on a waitlist.  For more information, please see Share Content Externally.


Tips for Students

Course Access

Can't see your course? Learn all about Course Access in the Portal (Blackboard).

Mobile Apps

Students can conveniently access course content and receive course notifications on their mobile devices. Learn more about Mobile Apps.


Recently Reported Issues

Course Emails and OneClass (November 25, 2016)

We have been made aware of an issue regarding spam messages for the OneClass platform that are being e-mailed to entire classes via the Portal. We are investigating the issue and ask that you please refrain from participating in any promotional campaigns for the OneClass service.

Instructors can restrict the ability for students to send e-mail to other students by managing the Email settings in their Portal course.

Help Documentation:
Restrict Student Access to the Blackboard Email tool
Instructions to Customize E-mail Settings (Video)


MyMedia (November 10, 2016)

We have been made aware that videos uploaded to MyMedia may not be processing.

MyMedia is investigating.


Turnitin and Originality Reports (October 28, 2016)

We have been made aware that Originality Reports may not generate for some student file submissions. The issue appears to be intermittent.

We are communicating with Turnitin regarding this.

Instructors should email portal.help@utoronto.ca if they experience this issue.


Course Builder Role and Tests, Surveys and Pools (October 14, 2016)

We have received reports that the Course Builder role cannot create new Test, Survey and Pool items in Portal (Blackboard) courses.

We are currently investigating the issue.

Existing Test, Survey and Pool items in Portal courses can be accessed by the Course Builder role.


Accessing Discussion Boards (October 8, 2016)

Portal (Blackboard) Course roles including Instructors and TAs will receive an "Access Denied" error message when trying to access Discussion Board forums that are set to be unavailable to students.

We are currently investigating the issue.

Forums that are set to be available to students can be accessed by all course roles.