TKF 2018 Conference
May 3 - 4, 2018
St. George Campus, University of Toronto

Schedule

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TKF Schedule – Thursday, May 3, 2018


8:00 AM
Thursday, May 3, 2018


9:00 AM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Susan Metros
Location: MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5


Keynote Speaker: Susan Metros, Founder and Principal, Metros Consulting, and Retired Deputy CIO/Associate Vice Provost for Technology-Enhanced Learning, University of Southern California.
Read the full bio.


10:00 AM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

A 20 minute break before the next presentation.


10:20 AM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Location: BA 1230, Bahen Centre

Cloud provides the foundation for a cost-effective and successful IT Transformation.
See how a multi-cloud strategy powered by Dell Technologies can be used to create flexible application deployment models, improve IT resource utilization, and help the organization takes a giant step into the new reality of digital transformation and cloud computing.

Presenter: Rob Huang
Location: BA 1190, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Humans have been telling stories since the very beginning. Storytelling has been used to pass down knowledge, capture events and entertain others. Now, more than ever, we are seeing an explosion of multimedia, with stories being told in ways we’ve never experienced them before. Digital storytelling is the next iteration on this age old practice, and it can be down with what you already have in your pockets. Mobile devices have given everyone the opportunity to tell their own story and to tell it well. This presentation will explore the basics of storytelling, the possibilities of digital storytelling, and how you can start telling your own stories with a smartphone.

Presenter: Evan Moir
Location: BA 1170, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

This presentation will discuss the approach and progress of an ongoing project that seeks to re-invent and redesign the business processes and information systems used by the Safety Abroad program offered by the Centre for International Experience (CIE). With the number of students taking advantage of international study and research opportunities expected to grow quickly in the coming years, the CIE saw an opportunity to rethink how they provide travel preparation and emergency response services to students travelling abroad. The project is a collaborative effort between the CIE and the Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration (EASI) group.

Presenter: Tony Di Felice
Location: BA 1240, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

The Administrative Management System (AMS) houses data related to the university’s financial, HR and RIS data. Access to AMS is restricted and requires the proper authorizations in order to use it.

Obtaining the authorizations means having to fill out the necessary forms. There is a forms page online where users can download the necessary forms, fill them out and submit them to the AMS team who process the forms and grant access. Sometimes navigating through the forms page to make sure you have the right ones can feel daunting and it shouldn’t. Incomplete forms can often lead to delays. We are giving a tutorial where users can learn about how access to AMS authorizations work as well as which forms to use and how to complete them. It’s hoped that after the tutorial users will feel more at ease with the process of getting access.

Presenter: Matt Wilks
Location: BA 1130, Bahen Centre

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Join us for a discussion about some of the future directions in Identity and Access Management at UofT. We will highlight ideas surrounding the distribution of accounts, guest access, and the management of electronic services through distributed group-based access control.

Presenters: Robert Martins, Seya Samararatne,  Sterling Lau, Mike Young
Location: BA 1180, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

UTM saw a great need for a new standard of podium design that is more user friendly, AODA compliant and accommodates instructors’ unique teaching styles. In this session, we will share our journey to developing a new teaching station standard (design, creation, vendors, reasons why), benefits and drawbacks, and our clients’ response.

We will also discuss the technological side of our active learning classrooms including features and functionality, the need for mobile teaching, student and instructor feedback, and maintenance requirements.

Instructors voiced their interest for advances in classroom design and functionality. They wanted flexibility in the equipment available, an intuitive easier to use interface, and a reliable technical support system. Our end goal was to come up with designs that allowed instructors to feel more confident and be efficient in their lecture activities.

Presenters: Rouben Tchakhmakhtchian and Hitesh Prabhakar
Location: BA 1220, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Link

Now that TCard+ is finally coming to St. George campus, we will present a model that would enable the university to roll out next-generation centralized, secure (end-to-end encrypted) print services with features like unified print accounting and “follow-me” printing. Reusability/repeatability of this framework is a core requirement, so this is by no means an “OISE-only” solution. This framework would enable divisions and departments to consolidate and secure their print infrastructures, monitor usage, and track printing across departments, casual users (e.g. computer labs), charge back to special projects (e.g. research), as well as, gain insights into printing costs, usage and user behaviour. Armed with this data, one could then implement less-invasive incentive programs to reduce printing, thereby controlling costs and environmental impact.

Presenter: Marden Paul
Location: BA 1160, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Office 365 is a powerful suite of services for communication and collaboration that enable new, efficient and innovative ways to work and interact. In this presentation you’ll take away ten things that will make you the Office 365 Department Wizard.

Presented by Marden Paul, project lead, Office 365


11:20 AM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Location: BA 1230, Bahen Centre

Epson’s daily mission is to serve our customers by being:

  • A Leader: A leading manufacturer in the printer, professional imaging, projector, scanner, system devices, and factory automation categories.
  • An Innovator:Delivering high-performance products, services and solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations.
  • A Partner: Going the extra mile to build long-lasting relationships with our end users, our co-workers and our accounts.

Presenter: Evan Moir
Location: BA 1170, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Alignment diagrams are visual maps of experiences, processes and services. They help everyone in an organization reach a shared understanding of how users interact with the organization by highlighting important touchpoints and summarizing pain points in the customer’s experience. The process of creating an alignment diagram is all about getting everyone in your organization on the same page and uncovering opportunities for improving your customer’s experience.

This talk will highlight the different types of alignment diagrams, discuss the use cases for each, and summarize the research and design process that goes into creating them.

Presenter: Vikram Chadalawada
Location: BA 1180, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

For nearly a decade or more, our focus has been on projects, deliverables, costs, scope, timelines and we somehow manage to either deliver late or totally miss the delivery bus. This used to work in the old paradigm and for obvious reasons. We’ve totally been wired by our histories of IT project lifecycles, Waterfalls, long periods of requirements gathering, development, testing, production cut-over, and on to the next thing! This projectized-world view has de-focused our teams away from things like maintainability and thoughtful instrumentation of a real product and to truly understand how the experience can be improved over time. But our industry, especially due to the growth of mobile applications, Internet of Things (IOT), is wired very differently today. Today if we are not thinking continuous delivery of real value, we will rapidly fall behind technology, people and process and eventually fail without corrective action. This is where the shift to product management (or Mode) needs to happen.
Product-mode allows teams to reorient quickly, reduces their end-to-end cycle time, and allows validation of actual benefits by using short-cycle iterations while maintaining the architectural integrity of their software to preserve their long-term effectiveness.

In this talk you will learn:

  1. How to recognize the difference between project mode of delivery and product mode of delivery.
  2. Relevance and context to the new paradigm – Internet of things (IOT) and Mobile Devices
  3. Important questions to ask while building a product
  4. Why product management and ownership is critical to teams and especially within Higher Ed.

Presenters: Luke Barber and Jesse Stamplecoski
Location: BA 1220, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

UTM Information Security admins will walk through the deployment and capabilities of our new next-gen Palo Alto firewalls. This will be of interest for those potentially considering NGFWs on their network, or for anyone who would like a demo of the Palo Alto products specifically.

Presenter: John DiMarco
Location: BA 1190, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

At the Department of Computer Science on the St George campus, ten computing laboratories in the Bahen Building support Computer Science teaching and learning. Enrolment in the department has been increasing substantially in recent years, but our computing laboratory resources are not growing. This makes it vitally important that we make good decisions about how and where to focus our limited resources. Happily, as Computer Scientists, we are not without recourse in understanding and interpreting data to drive decision-making. In this talk, I will show you how we use data from our computing labs to better understand how lab resources are being used, and how we make informed resourcing decisions on the basis of that data.

Presenters: William Heikoop, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation & Laurie Harrison, Director, Online Learning Strategies
Location: BA 1240, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Expenses continue to pile up for students. As textbook prices continue to soar, student textbook purchasing is decreasing and we don’t want students to have to choose between doing well in their classes and purchasing textbooks worth hundreds of dollars.

One solution to this problem is to provide open textbooks.

An open textbook is provided under an open copyright license, and made available online to be accessed for free by students (as well as other instructors and the public). These books can be viewed online or downloaded for no cost and they can also be printed on demand for a much lower cost than a typical physical textbook.
Join us as we explore the benefits of open texts to students, discuss the support of ITS to get our first open textbook platform up and running (Pressbooks) as well as gain insights from the instructor perspective adapting an online textbook. By the end of the session you’ll be able to search out open textbooks and identify ways you can use, adapt or create open textbooks for your context.

Presenter: Robert Jordan
Location: BA 1160, Bahen Centre

This presentation will include an overview of tableau data visualization software. We will show some examples from UofT and other higher education examples. We will also cover how staff at the university can sign up to the service, get training, be part of the community and create their own visualizations.

Presenter: Tony Danas
Location: BA 1130, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

This presentation provides an update on the VOIP project at U of T including key dates, and information on how departments can migrate to VOIP.


12:10 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 12:10 PM – 2:00 PM

BBQ Reception at the Bahen Courtyard


2:00 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Presenter: Peter St. Onge
Location: BA 1240, Bahen Centre

Grouper, the Internet2 group and role management application run locally as “UTORGrouper” is now finishing its’ third year of service at the University of Toronto. In addition to an overview for those yet unfamiliar with UTORGrouper, this talk will focus the current state of UTORGrouper, what institution services are be leveraged using it, how it is being used inside and outside of ITS to support divisional IT efforts, and how non-LDAP aware applications can leverage delegated role management.

Presenter: Alexander Izaguirre
Location: BA 1170, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Gartner provides information technology related research and market analysis for IT decision makers and through the Gartner Campus Access Agreement, University of Toronto Students, Faculty, and Staff now have access to Gartner technology research and reports. Visit gartner.utoronto.ca and login using your UTORid and password to get started.

Presenter: Fady Makar
Location: BA 1220, Bahen Centre

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The division of HR & E is excited to be launching a peer to peer recognition tool to all members of the university community (Faculty, staff and casuals).

This tool will enable all employees the ability to send and receive real time recognition to any of their peers. Now, celebrating our wins doesn’t have to happen during out annual awards, just once a year. Accomplishments big and small can be submitted through the recognition platform and be featured on the news feed in real time!

Presenters: Wei Xiong and Mariam Aslam
Location: BA 1190, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

The UTSC Registrar’s Office is conducting an ambitious student success analysis project. The project was requested by the UTSC Dean and has at its core a couple of the key performance indicators in the university’s Strategic Mandate Agreement with the province. But we had one big problem: volume of data. Analyzing a meaningful span of annual cohorts of students – each more than 3,000 – across a wide range of demographic and academic dimensions involves scores of thousands of individual data points. This proved well beyond the capabilities of traditional software such as Excel to provide any valuable understanding of correlation or predictive factors. The solution appeared in the form of two powerful business intelligence platforms: Tableau and Statistical Analysis System (SAS).

In this session, we will summarize our findings thus far and provide an understanding of how the Tableau tool and statistical regression models work simultaneously in a complementary manner to assess student retention in relation to the various factors.

Presenters:
So-hee Kang, Marco Pollanen, Professor in Department of Mathematics, Trent University
Kyung Hun Lee, Jun Zheng, Daniel Hugh, Zi Chen, and Danny Yu : Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough, Computer Science undergraduate students
Location: BA 1230, Bahen Centre

Description:
“Lack of democracy” in the classroom is the major challenge−there are groups within the classroom who do not have an equal voice − especially in the STEM fields. It has been often observed that, relative to their male peers, women are less likely to engage in both in-and out-of-class discussion in post-secondary mathematics and statistics courses. We developed an online real-time communication tool, Mathematics Classroom Collaborator (MC2) (http://mc2.trentu.ca) as a remedying technical tool to develop more democratic classrooms. It makes the entry of mathematics as easy and as intuitive as possible, including an option for anonymity, and it works on a variety of platforms – smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers.

In this paper, we share our experience with employing the MC2 in a statistics service course and introductory probability course. We then present how these ideas can be extended to develop new communication models for the technologically-enhanced class – models that may help overcome social barriers to create a more inclusive student-centred environment, leading to further democratization of learning, including increased participation by women or other identifiable groups of students, such as English language learners. Results from an experiment to measure the effectiveness of using MC2 compared to Microsoft Word Equation for novice users are also shared.

Leadership Panel: Bo Wandschneider, Sian Meikle, Sam Chan, Zoran Piljevic
Location: BA 1160, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

This panel discussion explores IT leadership priorities and challenges.

Topics include the following:

  1. What do you see as your top priority on 2018/19?
  2. What do you see as the university’s top priority?
  3. What are your biggest challenges?
  4. What sort skills are you going to be looking for?

Presenter: Will Campbell
Location: BA 1180, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

With so many teams migrating content to Sharepoint or redesigning their websites (or both undertakings simultaneously), information architecture is top of mind. Join this interactive discussion of collaborative strategies for organizing information in an intuitive manner and in compliance with University brand guidelines.

Presenters: Blake Markle & Janet Koecher
Location: BA 1130, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Microsoft Stream is a corporate video-sharing service that was released in 2017 and is part of the Office 365 suite of apps.

Video is one of the most powerful ways we connect, communicate and learn today. Stream allows users to upload videos and share them with individuals or groups within the organization. This is an ideal platform for lecture recordings, which are now used more than ever to bolster traditional teaching methods.

Stream also has integrated social functionality allowing users to like, follow, and share content posted by others, as well as exciting new machine-learning features such as automatic transcription and facial recognition.

This presentation will go over the workflow and functionality of Microsoft Stream from start to finish, and present the results of a recent real-world use case conducted at the U of T Faculty of Medicine by Janet Koecher.


3:00 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Presenter: Felix Liu, Networking Solutions Manager
Location: BA 1190, Bahen Centre

Felix will present Huawei Campus networking solutions on how to build and migrate to a new generation, two tier university campus network. This will include all the new technologies in Campus solution including Ultra broadband connections, all-scenario wireless and SDN and cloud campus concepts.

Presenter: Steven Bailey
Location: BA 3116, Bahen Centre

With the changing demographic of our students and instructors coupled with emerging teaching pedagogies and technology, the University must provide options within our teaching inventory. Our traditional approach to the allocation of instructional space has evolved to facilitate the more diverse and complex needs of a variety of teaching programs offered and planned by the University. Our inventory of spaces must match those needs. In numerous conversations with units focused on the delivery of continuing and professional education as well as many emerging teaching leaders within traditional undergraduate and graduate education, there has been a recurring theme surrounding a mismatch between the learner needs and the available inventory.

Differentiation will be key as we move forward. A variety of different teaching spaces actively paired with instructional needs will not only reward the instructors’ efforts but also underscore the university’s support of the teaching community’s efforts to incorporate emerging and novel approaches to pedagogy.

Direct engagement with students and instructors is a fundamental component of this project, and is driving this initiative’s roll out. ACE’s Classroom Design Group has connected directly with instructors teaching in the classroom, as well as with the Innovation Hub at Student Life, in order to better understand students’ needs in the classroom. ACE is working with divisions to identify specific focus groups to help clarify the elements critical to faculty. Feedback will inform the design process, and ensure the project directly responds to user needs across Campus. In this way, this project will not only support the needs in the classroom, but the broader Campus community as a whole through intelligent and responsive design practices.

in this presentation, ACE will discuss the Transforming the Instructional Landscape Initiative which is currently underway on the St George Campus, which represents the single largest investment in our classroom inventory in the recent past.

Presenter: Chris Brown
Location: BA 1180, Bahen Centre

Presentation: https://prezi.com/p/mwzk-4qkcxp8/
Maturity assessment model whitepaper by Kathleen Haas: BA and PM Assessments-K.Hass
Dataset is available upon request: chrise.brown@utoronto.ca.

The development of business analysis as a formally recognized role is a relatively recent evolution at the University of Toronto. In 3 years the Faculty of Engineering has grown from 0 BAs to 2 BAs. That growth is made possible by a recognition of the impact that mature business analysis provide.

In this presentation I will discuss the definition & high-level activities of the business analyst, and provide a survey of activities BAs currently perform at the University of Toronto. We will also cover the business analysis maturity model (BAMM), what mature BA practices could look like in a university setting, and discuss use cases from the Faculty of Engineering.

Presenter: Jen Tigno
Location: BA 1240, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Finding and accessing the vast array of support services on university campuses can prove stressful and frustrating for students. Even at a medium sized campus like UTSC, there are over 25 different academic and student service departments students can choose from that provide some form of academic advising. To simplify the process for students, the Academic Advising & Career Centre (AA&CC), with support from the Registrar’s Office, created and launched an online decision tree we named StART: The Student Academic Resource Tool. Now students can click their way to finding (or in other words, can “wayfind”) the best campus service or resource available to address their particular concerns.

In this presentation, we will share the process we used to develop this wayfinding tool, including: the history and foundations of the project; the staffing and technical know-how required to make it happen, and the process of gathering feedback from students and campus partners to enhance the user experience. Participants will receive a “StART Toolbox” containing reference documents such as a process map, a considerations checklist, our project plan as well as marketing materials and other communications pieces.

Presenter: Mike Clark
Location: BA1230, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

The University of Toronto is its own vibrant community, with essential services supporting the academic and enterprise work that flourishes here every day. However, in such an active, complex environment, sometimes things can go wrong, which was the motivation for exploring and piloting a new tool to effectively initially respond in moments of urgency.

This presentation will discuss the research, design, development and pilot roll-out of a mobile application being tested internally at EASI. This app was created by a small team that applied ‘Lean UX’ and ‘Agile’ principles to create an efficient tool that focused on the essential qualities to ensure it would be a success when called upon by first-responding staff in urgent situations (e.g. instances of unplanned downtime to crucial systems). The audience will learn how the ERS team and others at U of T:

  • Investigated the context for the app
  • Assessed, revised and validated understandings of real-world use cases
  • Employed a user-centred process that ramped up design complexity and fidelity in coordination with an ongoing series of usability tests
  • Coordinated a cross-functional implementation effort to build the foundation for what may eventually become an enterprise-ready, successful product launch at scale
  • Balanced a rapid product pace with high quality expectations
  • Sought an optimal path from ERS’ initial release towards the long-term objectives of an application operating at greater scale and robustness

Plus, various “teachable moments” when things didn’t go according to plan. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Presenter: Chloe Payne
Location: BA 1170, Bahen Centre

Attendees will get to test their information security knowledge in this fun, fast-paced game of Jeopardy. Hosted by ITS’ Education and Awareness Team.

Presenter: Bill Ju
Location: BA 1220, Bahen Centre

Pressbooks is site (both pressbooks.com and/or pressbooks.education) that uses software to create online and print-ready ebook files in multiple formats. The educational version of the software holds great promise for our institution’s instructors in creating OERs (open educational resources such as open  e-textbooks) and also has potential for co-creation with students as capstone projects. Further, this software would be of great benefit to administrators to be able to openly share, modify and re-purpose administrative templates, course syllabi as well as policies and procedures. Our presentation will highlight the learning benefits, long-term goals of this software project, barriers we encountered to  using this platform, future hurdles in terms of Quercus integration if used for capstone assignments and a summary of how this stacks up to other online publishing sites such as WordPress and others. Our group will present typical workflows for group-enabled documents, re-purposing documents and sharing online material.

Presenters: Deniz Ozturk and Adam Piekarzewski
Location: BA 1130, Bahen Centre

This presentation covers the new Bluecat DNS software that is replacing the central DNS servers for the University.

Presenter: Heather Postill
Location: BA 1160, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

This presentation covers things to consider when implementing SharePoint Online:

  • Is SharePoint the right tool?
  • How to get started
  • Building a business case
  • Knowing your content
  • Strategies for adoption

3:50 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

A 20 minute break before the next presentation.


4:10 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Presenter: Russel Sutherland
Location: BA 1160, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Interest, knowledge and currency (pardon the pun) in new technologies is part of any good IT strategy. In recent years the usage of the new terms: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain have risen rapidly in the news, literature and mindshare of our connected society.

This talk aims to be a primer or tutorial on these new technologies. There will be pictures for those of us who are visual learners. There will be no final exam and certainly no equations lest we resurrect that old foe for some of us: Math Anxiety.

Finally it’s hoped that we will investigate how these technologies are currently being used Higher Education as well as what areas of digital technologies are likely to be transformed in years to come.

Presenter: Rajiv Kaushik
Location: BA 1230, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

ITS Project Management Office (PMO) is launching PM as a Service for the entire university. The service covers one or more stages of the project lifecycle. ITS PMO can manage the Procurement, On-premise or Cloud deployment of a vendor product, environmental scans, manage the software development lifecycle (Agile, Waterfall), process analysis, etc. The service operates on a cost-recovery basis, for partial FTE or full-time FTE Project Managers or Analysts, for projects 1 month or longer

Presenters: Tony Gray and Aurora Mendelsohn
Location: BA 1130, Bahen Centre

Data visualizations are increasingly prominent and influential. At the same time, they have become easier to create with the proliferation of Excel and tools like Tableau. Detecting data-driven deceptions (both accidental and otherwise) is therefore an important part of data-literacy. In this talk, we look at several case studies, ranging from trivial to tricky. The talk will be a little bit technical and hopefully a little bit funny – and maybe a little bit useful, too.

Presenter: Mike Spears
Location: BA 1220, Bahen Centre

This talk will dive into the technical infrastructure behind a native mobile app that is backed by a cloud-hosted database, to give a complete picture of the software stack and its implementation.

The following elements will be discussed: Azure cloud database, Azure NodeJS API server, Authentication (UTORid authentication within a mobile app), and the iOS/Swift native mobile client. I will also describe how a bootstrapped testing environment was constructed as each of these elements came online during the development process, and how builds of the app were distributed and managed during development and distribution to end-users.

(or that time we hacked CERN, and all we got was a lousy T-Shirt)

Presenter: Alan Stojanovic
Location: BA 1170, Bahen Centre

On Sept. 1st, a group of hackers got together in a room at U of T, and had 10 days to try and gain full control of CERN’s domain (with their permission of course). This is a discussion about how it came to be, what happened and what lessons were learned.

CERN is a vanity target, they are constantly probed because of their name alone. How do they deal with this? We will talk about security functions they have implemented above and beyond the blinkey-boxes, the size of their footprint and problems scoping the efforts, and a few of the vulnerabilities that we found and exploited (that have been approved for publishing). We will also talk about how we can use these results to further improve the security posture of this University.

Presenter: John Hancock
Location: BA 1240, Bahen Centre

Tutorial session on using unit testing for developing scripts.

This session would run through how to use different unit testing frameworks for powershell, vbscript and bourne shell scripting. Specifically, the session will focus on using Pester (Powershell), Shunit2 (bourne shell) and VBSUnit (vbscript). At the end, I’d like to have a discussion about the good and bad in test driven development, where the pitfalls are and how to know when you’re heading down the rabbit hole.

Presenter: Alex Dault
Location: BA 1180, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: https://prezi.com/view/2QvE9B9RYJV6v2Lz3kUs/

Step into the arena and watch as two “presentation softwares” battle for supremacy. Which will emerge victorious? Will it be Sway, Microsoft’s unlikely successor to Powerpoint? Or will it be Hungarian-based Prezi Next, the latest iteration of the impressive online visual storytelling suite? This “presentation battle royale” will pit two presenters against one another, one using Sway and the other using Prezi. Their struggle will require them to access the full breadth of features in either tool. The crowd will elect a true champion by acclaim, a thumbs up or thumbs down, in the spirit of the old Roman Gladiator games. Only one presenter will walk away from the fray showered in glory. The other will have to use an ignominious back exit.

Techknowfile this one under presentations you won’t want to miss!


5:00 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2018

We’ve organized two action-packed days at U of T’s St. George campus for TKF 2018. Be sure to check out Friday’s presentation line-up!

TKF Schedule – Friday, May 4, 2018


9:00 AM
Friday, May 4, 2018

Gartner Keynote Speaker: Alexander Izaguirre
Location: JJR Macleod Auditorium (MS 2158), Medical Sciences Building

Presentation Materials: Download

Digital disruption is shaking up all industries including academia.  How will your institution respond?  In this thought provocative session, we go beyond describing digital business transformation and why it’s so critical to engage sooner rather than later.  We also explore why attempts to digitally transform academia have not yielded the levels of disruption expected or desired.  Finally, we introduce digital business transformation approaches available to any academic organization regardless of its size.

Alexander Izaguirre is a PHD, MBA and served as the CIO for Baylor University College of Medicine as well as Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson College of Medicine. He is passionate about how best to lead business technology transformation at top academic and research.
Read Alexander Izaguirres’s Linkedin Bio.

Gartner provides information technology related research and market analysis for IT decision makers and through the Gartner Campus Access Agreement, University of Toronto Students, Faculty, and Staff now have access to Gartner technology research and reports. Visit gartner.utoronto.ca and login using your UTORid and password to get started.


9:50 AM
Friday, May 4, 2018

A 20 minute break before the next presentation.


10:10 AM
Friday, May 4, 2018

Presenters: Frank Boshoff, Kelly Jay and Rodney Branch
Location: BA 1180, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

An update to last year’s TKF presentation regarding the new ROSI platform (NGSIS Platform Modernization Project), including a brief demo of some of the ROSI screens running in a Browser.

Presenter: Margaret Bura
Location: BA 1170, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Adoption of Agile practices is growing across the university. This roundtable discussion will provide a forum for participants to talk about how they are using Agile, lessons learned, challenges, opportunities, and how others can get started with Agile. Outcomes: better understanding of Agile best practices, next steps for evolution, how to get started with Agile

Presenters: Catherine Gagne, CAO, Division of Vice-President and Provost
Daniella Mallinick, Director, Academic Programs, Planning & Quality Assurance
Dong Xia Wang, Information Management Analyst (SharePoint), Division of Vice-President and Provost
Location: BA 1160, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

The Division of the Vice President and Provost is responsible for academic and budgetary matters at the University of Toronto, and it plays a significant role to fulfill the university’s mission. One of the challenges for the division is to manage an immense amount of information including processes, communications, reports, policies and procedures for a broad range of academic matters.

In order to improve business processes and increase staff collaboration, we have enthusiastically embarked on a project to design a SharePoint on-line system to manage our documents. During this presentation, we will introduce this exciting project, and demonstrate how we plan to achieve our goals by employing SharePoint’s managed metadata, document sets, and document libraries.

Presenter: Tamara Jacobs
Location: BA 1220, Bahen Centre

We look both ways before we cross the street, wait for the green light to proceed through an intersection, lock our cars and home… then we settle in on the couch with a nice glass of vino tinto on a Friday night and proceed to binge on the ‘internetz’!

OMGGG…. did you see my personality? It’s GREEN! Do yours! Oh… what would my babies look like if they were dogs? What would I look like as a celebrity? UUUHHH…. Two Free Tickets for EVERYONE from Air New Zealand? YASS! Sign me up! BTW… Costco is giving away free $100 gift cards for everyone who shares, SO CLICK, SHARE… DONE!

Does this sound familiar? Are you aware of how much data you might have given away on a night like this? Learn how to spot the junk on the internet and become your own security guard online. Don’t let it be whatever will be, you have the power to hold back your personal information.

Presenters: Dan Astoorian and Alan Rosenthal
Location: BA 1240, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

As instructors move to modernize quizzes and exams by having students write them using computers instead of on paper, new challenges arise. We don’t have the budget for an additional lab of non-networked computers dedicated to test-writing, but our general-purpose labs are designed to facilitate communication and provide access to information, via the Internet, social media, and portable storage devices–which is problematic for closed-book tests.

The Engineering Computing Facility and the Department of Computer Science, despite having differing requirements, have each developed techniques for putting our existing computer labs into an secure and isolated “exam mode,” and in this talk we share what we’ve learned along the way.

Presenters: Saira Mall, Matt Clare and Haniyeh Yousofpourfard
Location: BA 1190, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Quercus has been selected as U of T’s new learning management engine (LME) and will replace the Portal (Blackboard) as of September 1st, 2018. But what is Quercus exactly?

In this session, participants will be introduced to the key features and dynamic tools in Quercus for setting up and supporting courses. The presenters will highlight how course content can be imported from the Portal to Quercus, and how this new system provides instructors with the flexibility to design their courses that best aligns with their teaching and learning goals. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to the session for a hands-on exploration of the tools. Things may get quirky!

Presenter: Sarah Khan
Location: BA 1130, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

In the digital world, videos and video presentations are a common way to share information. Many of us at U of T will have to make a video presentation, but few of us will have the budget and resources to hire a professional videographer. Fortunately, with the tools we have (phones, tablets, computers), we can put together videos ourselves.

This presentation will touch on a variety of tools that can help make videos at a low cost.

Presenter: Luke Sutherland
Location: BA 1230, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

In support of the Office 365 migration I developed the ‘MigPlanner’ application. The tool started as an offline queriable model of UTORexchange but evolved into a web application coordinating migrations and performing various data analysis tasks. This talk presents and overview of the underlying technologies such as Docker containerization and Neo4j Graph Database as well as a discussion of the data integration and cleaning necessary to deliver this needed functionality.


11:10 AM
Friday, May 4, 2018

Presenter: Sehoya Cotner
Location: BA 1240, Bahen Centre

When the University of Minnesota constructed a building with 19 active-learning classrooms, among the biggest [but short-lived] hurdles was the faculty. Associate Professor Sehoya Cotner, in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, was an early adopter, and began the experience with what was “the worst week of my teaching career.” In this interactive presentation, she’ll discuss her experience transitioning from traditional to active classrooms, the evidence she gathered that transformed her teaching, and some easy strategies for making effective use of these spaces

Presenter: Violeta Gotcheva
Location: BA 1160, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: https://github.com/twolindens/PR

Over the past several years, the blockchain technology has attracted much attention due to properties such as immutability, trustless transactions, security, privacy and automation. These properties are motivating the creation of a variety of blockchain-based decentralized applications that transfer value between the parties on the network. There are specific architectural styles and design recommendations that need to be considered. In this tutorial, we will explain the basic building blocks and data flow of a simple and practical blockchain application.

Presenters: Michal Kasperzak, Alli Diskin, Program Assistant, CTSI
Diane Michaud, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning and Technology, ACT Support
Location: BA 1130, Bahen Centre

Presentation Slides: Download

Presentation Worksheet & Resource Sheet: Download

Our work as professional support and service staff requires us to wear an array of “hats” as we switch between various roles, responsibilities and tasks, with diverse expectations from the people with whom we interact and to whom we report. As instructional technology specialists, program coordinators, or project administrators, we are actors in an environment dominated by academic values and norms. Our work is often perceived as peripheral (or back-office) but is actually central to the success of teaching and research at the University. Such perceptions stem from the reality that we seldom have the time or capacity to think about the scope and scale of our work, reflect on our achievements, and make this experience (including knowledge and skills) visible to others and ourselves. This session will explore strategies on how to make our work visible by keeping track of the scope of our work through constructive metrics; meaningfully reflecting on our experience (in terms of expertise, knowledge and skills); and effectively communicating these achievements.

Presenter: Carrie Schmidt, Senior Manager, ITS Education and Awareness (TBD)
Location: BA 2135, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

Meet the new Education and Awareness Team. Participate in a roundtable discussion about Communication, Education and Awareness needs related to ITS projects. Identify opportunities for improving communications, and how to keep the community informed about what’s happening within ITS.

Presenter: Ben Poynton
Location: BA 1190, Bahen Centre

Come learn about the importance of web accessibility and how to include it in your work. This session will review the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and best practices in web accessibility.

Presenter: Renante Yson
Location: BA 1170, Bahen Centre

Presentation Materials: Download

If only IT admins had the power to see the future, there would be no need for monitoring systems like Cacti, Nagios, or Zabbix. Admins could simply squash an incident before it even occured. All systems and services would have a nine-nines availability and any outage would be attributed only to random noise.

But this is not the case. Lacking precognitive abilities, sysadmins have to rely on data collected from a variety of sources – logfiles, sensor data,
emails from angry users, personal visit from the supervisor, etc. – and tools like Zabbix.

Zabbix is described by its makers as “an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution” that can provide real-time as well as historical monitoring features, allowing you to “monitor anything.”*

This talk aims to give a short introduction to Zabbix and some of its features, discuss how it is used in our department, what led us to choosing it over Nagios or Cacti, and our experience with it so far.

* https://www.zabbix.com/

Presenter: Laura Klamot
Location: BA 1180, Bahen Centre

Presentation Slides: http://lauraklamot.com/tkf/2018/

You’ve probably heard the term “User Experience Design” before. UX Design principles can be applied to pretty much all the work you do, in any context, and can make the things you create better for those who use them.

During this presentation, I’ll show you some examples of how I apply User Experience Design best practices during the day job making online tools and services for students and staff at U of T, and how I approached applying those same practices to make my first video game with no prior game design experience. You’ll leave the room with some basic, concrete UX Design techniques you can use to apply to any project of yours, whether it’s for work or for fun.

Presenter: Frank Fan
Location: BA 1220, Bahen Centre

An approach to assess and track students’ learning mastery is proposed based on Quercus, the university’s new Learning Management Engine (LME). How to utilize Learning Management System (LMS) and educational technology to evaluate students performance and provide feedback effectively in experiential learning and competency based education has been a challenge. Importing and aligning learning outcomes to assessments on Quercus provide us an efficient approach to facilitate students’ experiential learning.

This presentation will show you how to deploy outcomes, set up Learning Mastery Gradebook, and explain four calculation methods to evaluate learning mastery. Any artifact (including a quiz) that is aligned to an outcome will contribute to the students’ overall proficiency for the outcome in the Learning Mastery Gradebook. Best practices are provided to streamline the learning outcomes, rubrics and the SpeedGrader on Quercus in several scenarios. Potential challenges and improvements associated with educational technology will be presented as well for further discussion.


12:10 PM
Friday, May 4, 2018

Location: JJR Macleod Auditorium (MS 2158), Medical Sciences Building

Join us for the TKF 2018 closing remarks, and prize draw.

Closing Slides: Download


12:40 PM
Friday, May 4, 2018

Time: 12:40 PM – 2:00 PM

TKF boxed lunch in the Bahen Centre Lobby


2:00 PM
Friday, May 4, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Visit the TKF Unconference page for more details.


5:00 PM
Friday, May 4, 2018

Thank you for attending TKF 2018!