[PDADC-L] #17, Provostial Guidelines on Digital Learning Materials

These guidelines result from a change in the Ministry’s approach to ancillary fees.

Page 3 points instructors to their liaison librarian to discuss alternatives to commercial online resources.  To support your work in this area, see the Libguide Learning Object Repositories and Open Coursewarewhich links to significant online sources of open educational resources.  I  update this guide annually with major directories, but if you see something missing, please let me know and I’ll do my best to add it.

If a faculty member has a specific question about the attached policy or whether a specific commercial resource would be acceptable under the Guidelines, you may want to refer instructors to staff members at CTSI, who are also able and willing to assist in this area.  And of course, if you’re not sure, feel free to ask me.

Rita Vine

From: Provost [provost@utoronto.ca]
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 11:14 AM
To: PDADC-L@listserv.utoronto.ca
Subject: [PDADC-L] #17, Provostial Guidelines on Digital Learning Materials

Memo attached in PDF format and also available on-line at http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/public/pdadc/2014_to_2015/17.htm.

To:       PDAD&C

From:  Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students & First Entry Divisions; Sioban Nelson, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs and Interim Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life

Date:   September 8, 2014

Re:       Provostial Guidelines on Digital Learning Materials


In December 2013, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities revised the 2013-14 to 2016-17 Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines for Publicly-Assisted Universities.  The revisions include changes regarding the charging of compulsory ancillary fees for digital learning materials required for assessment purposes.

The Ministry has signaled the need for each university to establish a policy regarding the use of digital learning materials for assessment purposes.

Attached are the Provostial Guidelines on the Use of Digital Learning Materials and well as a Frequently Asked Questions.  These Guidelines will be in effect for 2014-2015 and will be reviewed in early spring 2015.


An Introduction to Archives at UTL

UTL Librarians gathered in the MacLean Hunter Room on August 21st for “Thinking Inside the Box: An Introduction to UTL’s Archival Holdings,” a talk hosted by archivists Media Commons presentation at Archives event for librariansand librarians from The U of T Archives & Records Management Services (UTARMS), The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, and Media Commons. Attendees heard about key archival concepts, the kinds of archives and special collections collected by these 3 repositories and the types of researchers who have put these collections to use. Attendees were then able to interact with archival material from all three repositories and encouraged to think about their potential use for research, instruction and class assignments.

viewing the archives and special collections

Universities are increasingly leveraging the value of their archives: to highlight their one-of-a-kind collections, encourage primary source research among faculty and students, build information literacy, foster relationships with alumni, and promote historical consciousness on the campus. Librarians have a critical role to play in ensuring the U of T’s archival resources are used and appreciated by the university community. This talk was just one step towards building bridges between campus archivists and librarians, to help further promote UTL’s archival holdings and increase their exposure across the campus.

For more information about these repositories, see