Computing

Check the status of university-wide IT/web systems.

photo of inforum workstations on the 4th floor, taken by Brenna Pladsen, student assistantAbout IT services & facilities at the iSchool

The iSchool has transitioned to a centralized delivery model of IT and web services.

Network services are now provided to the iSchool community from the Central ITS department of the university. This is a change from previous years.

    UTORid accounts

    UTORid is the university-wide network account that allows you to access U of T services such as Acorn, campus wireless service, the official student email account (UTMail+); MS Office web applications, the Learning Portal (Blackboard), licensed electronic resources provided by the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), and others. To learn more, and to manage your UTORid account go to https://www.utorid.utoronto.ca

    File storage & web space

    Saving files

    All iSchool workstations and laptops use a hard drive protection program called Deep Freeze, which restores the workstation/laptop to its original state upon reboot.  DO NOT SAVE YOUR FILES TO INFORUM WORKSTATIONS OR LAPTOPS!! Please save your files to a USB flash drive.

    Storage options

    • A USB flash drive. The Inforum has 2GB USB flash drives for 2 day loan, if you forget yours.
    • Cloud storage for Windows users (MS OneDrive for Business) through Student Advantage and Office 365 ProPlus

    Web space

    The UTORweb service provides a web server and storage space (50 MB) for personal web pages, pictures, word-processing documents, etc. 

    Finding a computer

    iSchool desktop computers

    • Inforum – 24-hour fob access
    • Margaret Cockshutt e-classroom 224/225  – 24-hour fob access
    • Karen Melville e-classroom 116 basement – 24-hour fob access

    iSchool laptops  

    The Inforum maintains an extensive  technology loan collection for the use of iSchool students, with loan periods ranging from a day to a week.  The collection includes Dell laptops, MacBook Pros, tablets, and more.

    Computers elsewhere on the St George campus

    Internet connectivity

    Workstations:  All workstations in the Bissell Building are hardwired for Internet access

    Wireless access:

    • For personal laptops or Inforum laptops, access to the Internet is via 2 campus wireless networks- 1) UofT for current members of the U of T community; and 2) Eduroam, for visiting scholars.  
    • Your UTORid is required for wireless access.
    • Alumni:  There is no wireless access available for alumni
    • List of Wireless access points on the St George Campus

    Healthy computing

    One of the most common physical threats to people working in the information professions is computer-related repetitive strain injury. How does your workstation set-up compare to this diagram of ergonomically sound set-up?  Laptops are notoriously un-ergonomic.  We have compiled a Healthy Computing Bibliography of online and print sources to help you avoid this chronic and debilitating condition.

    IT-related policies

    University of Toronto's Appropriate Use of Information & Communication Technology policy

    Getting help

    For issues with connectivity or university resources such as Blackboard, UTMail+ and to get help with your personal computing devices, the Information Commons located in the Robarts Library Building can help. The Information Commons has an extensive FAQ collection, so look there too.