The Course Information System allows for the collection and dissemination of pedagogical information, as well as the integration of this information with key administrative processes and systems at U of T. It streamlines syllabi and exams processes for instructors and administrators, and helps students to make better-informed decisions about their education.
Since 2016, the project team has been running successful pilots in select departments in the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the University of Toronto Scarborough. Over the next few months, and into 2020, the team will expand participation to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.
The Exam Module in CIS now has a complete, electronic end-to-end exam workflow. This process allows instructors to enter exam details, print options and upload their exam. Department administrators and chairs are then able to review and print exams, or electronically send them to an approved print location.
The Syllabus Module has implemented three areas of functionality:
- Basic Course Information: This information provides instructors with a high-level overview of important information regarding their course such as sessional dates, requisite information, and lecture times and locations.
- Marking Scheme: This function allows instructors to complete the grading assessments for their course and receive immediate feedback regarding Faculty and University policies and guidelines.
- Syllabi Policy and Procedure Statements: This section allows instructors to select from a list of required, recommended, and optional Faculty and University policy statements. They also have the option to revise these statements or create their own, and save them for later use.
Looking ahead, CIS is planning for future releases that will include the following enhancements:
- Enhancements to the existing user interface to increase usability (Spring 2019).
- The management of cross-listed and grouped courses, both within divisions and across multiple divisions for syllabus functionality (Spring 2019).
- The upload and archiving of syllabi within current terms to support administrative functions and record keeping (Spring 2019).
- The option for instructors to create a complete syllabus document and retrieve archived syllabi on CIS (Summer 2019).
- A configuration module to allow administrators to customize existing functionality (Fall 2019).
- A full suite of tools supporting reporting and analysis within departments and divisions (2020).
- Integration with Library Services to allow for the automatic, electronic, archival of exams (2020).
In addition to these enhancements, CIS will add special functionality for accommodated tests and exams, including integration with Accessibility Services, and Test and Exam Services (TES). Scheduled to start in May 2019, the project will leverage NGSIS products to introduce significant benefits to students registering for accommodated test writings; instructors providing test details and documents, and; administrators tasked with keeping TES processes working efficiently and in a timely manner. Full implementation of the project is expected to take approximately 18 months.
Departments currently using CIS include:
Faculty of Arts & Science
- Department of Geography
- Department of Economics
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Computer Science
- Human Biology Program
- Department of Psychology
- Department of English
- Department of Statistical Sciences
- Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Victoria College
University of Toronto Scarborough
- Department of English
- Department of Computer & Mathematical Science
- Department of Human Geography
- Department of Political Science
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
- Cross-Disciplinary Programs
- First-year Courses