Academic & Collaborative Technologies

The Academic & Collaborative Technologies (ACT) unit supports divisional Educational Technology teams that provide pedagogical support for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education instructors, via strategic and tactical leadership in the development and implementation of information technology services. In support of this mandate, ACT is tasked with operationalizing and supporting the following University-wide systems:

  • Academic Toolbox (Quercus and related teaching technologies)
  • Research Toolbox (in collaboration with the Centre for Research & Innovation Support)
  • Content management and website-hosting services
  • Video-mediated communications (Microsoft Teams, Zoom)
  • Pre-incubator spaces for mobile development and classroom technologies

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In addition to these areas of support, ACT provides the administrative support of the Instructional Technology Innovation Fund and professional development support for over 150 educational technology staff across U of T.

ACT supports divisional Educational Technology teams with identifying solutions and addressing questions related to:

  • Academic Toolbox (i.e., QUERCUS support)
  • Education Technology (including the Academic Toolbox and the EdTech Catalogue)
  • Research Toolbox (i.e., REDCap, Jupyter)
  • content management systems (i.e., WordPress website hosting)
  • web and mobile application development
  • teaching with technology
    • assessments (quizzes, tests, assignments and more)
    • plagiarism detection software
    • test form scanning software
    • clickers (classroom response solutions)
    • course evaluation

ACT is a joint initiative between the Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTSI) and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) (Information Technology Services).

Partnerships with other offices including University of Toronto Libraries, the Centre for Research & Innovation Support, and Learning Space Management for classroom technology support. 

Approval for new technologies are run through CTSI, CIO and VPIUE.