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Blackboard Mobile App Service Disabled

Notice Posted August 14, 2018.

Due to a recently announced vulnerability in the Blackboard mobile service the University has disabled access.

While the vulnerability can be addressed through updates, the Portal (Blackboard) will no longer be available to the community effective Aug. 31st, 2018. As such we have opted to disable the mobile service rather than patching it. A mesage has been posted on the U of T System Status site.


Transition from Portal to Quercus:

Quercus, the University’s new academic technology toolbox, will replace the Learning Portal (Blackboard) on September 1st, 2018.
Quercus offers an advanced content design, easy-to-use course administration features and a mobile application for access to a number of key functions from a phone or tablet. You can explore a feature comparison of Quercus and Portal. 
  • The Portal will cease to be available as of August 31, 2018.
  • Portal courses will not be available after that time. 
  • Go to https://q.utoronto.ca and log in to access your course
  • Instructors will need to move that Portal content that instructors intend to use again to Quercus before September 2018

Before August 31st:

Migrate content from Portal to Quercus:

  1. Create an archive of your entire course, or export a package of selected content from your Portal courses your courses.
  2. Import that same content (zipped file) into the Quercus course you are building.
    Detailed instructions for migrating content.

About Quercus:

As of May 2018:
All U of T instructors should have access to a sandbox course in Quercus.
The Sandbox course is a course shell in which they can explore and learn Quercus features.
If you do not have a sandbox course, and you will be building courses in Quercus, please contact lme.migration@utoronto.ca
If your upcoming ROSI-generated courses (a.k.a. your "real courses") are not yet available, but your sandbox is, you can start building your course content in your Sandbox course and once your real courses are available, you can copy the content over by following these instructions.
You can find all Quercus info at: uoft.me/q-resources
If you still have questions about the transition to Quercus, contact: lme.migration@utoronto.ca

Quercus Training

For an in-person training session, please contact your division's edTech support team contact from this list.

See Quercus Support Resources for the University's help pages on the most common tasks in Quercus and for information on the tools integrated into Quercus.

This video demonstrates the most common tasks that instructors may undertake in a Quercus course:

Portal Support for Instructors 

The U of T Learning Portal will continue be supported until August 31, 2018
Please use the links in the left side menu to access instructions on various Portal course features.

Portal Instructor Guides are available with more information on common course tasks, troubleshooting issues, support resources, accessibility considerations, as well as tips and tricks to help customize the appearance of your course and effectively organize course content in a way that is easy to navigate and engaging for students.