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Trending Resources:

Quercus (Canvas) Updates: Quercus is live! | Sandboxes | Toolbox Renewal 

Portal Training Workshops: Winter 2018

Recent Updates:  Archiving, Exporting and Saving Course Content (NEW Guide!) | Inline Grading | Grade Center

Tips for Instructors: Portal Instructor Guides | Assessment Tools | Grade Center | Turnitin

Tips for Students: Submitting Assignments | My Grades | Submit to a Turnitin Assignment

Recently Reported Issues:  No reported issues at this time.

Quercus (Canvas) Updates

Quercus is live!

See the Academic Toolbox Renewal site to learn where the name came from and what to look forward to in Quercus.


U of T Instructor, you have access to an online 'sandbox' to play with Quercus' features. This is an opportunity to explore and become familiar with all the tools that Quercus has to offer. Log in at q.utoronto.ca .

Toolbox Renewal

All information about the transition to the new LME can be found at toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca . This FAQ page may be particularly helpful.

Portal Training Workshops

Register for Portal Training Workshops!

  • Web Conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate
    March workshop to be announced
  • Grade Center: Providing Feedback & Marks Online 
    Thursday, February 1 at 10AM to 12PM
  • Getting Started: Building Your Portal Course
    March workshop to be announced


Recent Updates


Archiving, Exporting and Saving Course Content (NEW Guide!)icon for export guide

In anticipation of the transition from Portal (Blackboard) to Quercus (Canvas) in Fall 2018, having easily accessible content will make building your course in the new system much easier. See the Archiving, Exporting and Saving Course Content guide to learn what you can do in the Portal to make this transition easier.

Inline Grading

On December 21, 2017, Inline Grading within the Assignment tool was updated to a new version. To find out how this affects you, please see the Inline Grading documentation.

Grade Center

Our revamped Grade Center guide has the most up to date information on managing grades and troubleshooting common issues in your Portal course.


For Instructors 

Portal Instructor Guides

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.

Assessment Tools

At this time, you may be interested in setting up assessments in your courses. See Assignments and Assessments for information on a variety of assessment types present in the Portal, such as assignment submissions, portfolios, tests and surveys.

Grade Center

The Grade Center in the Portal assists course staff with managing student assessments and feedback. The Grade Center can track and calculate grades for a variety of assessment types such as tests, surveys, assignments, and discussion boards. The Grade Center also provides an easy method of downloading a class list. It is customizable to meet the needs of each course.


Turnitin is an electronic resource that assists in the deterrence of plagiarism. Instructors using this tool can create a Turnitin Assignment in their Portal course to which students submit their assignments electronically.


For Students


Submitting Assignments

The Assignment tool allows instructors to provide the details of an assignment and enables students to submit their completed assignments online, in their Portal course. Students have access to an assignment for a specific period of time determined by the instructor.

My Grades

Some instructors may choose to post assignment, test or other assessment marks in Blackboard. Student final marks will only be available in ROSI, you can use the My Grades feature in Blackboard to track your progress in each of your courses.

Submit to a Turnitin Assignment

It is possible your instructor will ask you to submit an assignment to Turnitin to check for textual similarity. See Submit to a Turnitin Assignment for instructions.


Recently Reported Issues

No reported issues at this time.

For updates and service status of the Portal and other University of Toronto systems, please visit the System Status dashboard.