Connect+Learn: Microsoft Lists

In this session, join EASI’s Information Management team to explore the new Microsoft Lists app (formerly SharePoint Lists). Topics discussed will include:

  • Creating lists from templates, Excel or custom.
  • Using lists as forms.
  • Custom formatting on list columns.
  • Working with columns to sort and filter and create views.
  • The new rules feature to create alerts.


Connect+Learn: What is Microsoft 365 @ U of T?

This week, let’s go back to the basics: what exactly is Microsoft 365? What tools does it give us access to? How should we use it at U of T? Topics covered will include:

  • What is Microsoft 365?
  • How can I find the full list of Microsoft tools that I have access to through the University?
  • What are the most important Microsoft tools for me to know and use in my day-to-day work?
  • When should I use the online versions of tools like Outlook and Word as opposed to the desktop versions?
  • And more…


Connect+Learn: Captioning and Microsoft Teams

Join Connect+Learn and representatives from Academic & Collaborative Technologies for this new session on using captioning with Microsoft Teams. Topics covered will included:

  • Using live captioning during Teams meetings
  • Creating a transcript of Teams meeting recordings
  • Good practices for using captioning with Teams
  • Recent updates to the Teams captioning feature
  • And more…


EASI launches new Microsoft 365 training program

Date: March 3, 2021
To: ACE-IT, EITU, InfoTech, AMS
From: Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration
Re: EASI launches new Microsoft 365 training program


Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration (EASI) is excited to announce the launch of two new Microsoft 365 courses for the University of Toronto (U of T) community: Introduction to Microsoft 365 @ U of T and High Performance Collaboration. Created in collaboration with the U of T community, these courses respond to a clear need for a training curriculum to assist University employees in better leveraging the Microsoft 365 tools available through the University.

The courses are now available via the University’s SuccessFactors site. Interested community members can register for instructor-led sessions, or access over 100 new University-specific micro-learning videos on a range of Microsoft topics. In addition to this, EASI has also launched a new Microsoft Training Centre website to provide the U of T community with a training library and additional information.

We are thrilled to deliver these important new resources to the University community. Please share this announcement with your divisional contacts, and review this email to learn more about:

  • The courses that are being offered.
  • The formats the courses are offered in.

For more background on our new Microsoft training offerings, please read this article from EASI:

The Courses

Introduction to Microsoft 365 @ U of T

Introduction to Microsoft 365 @ U of T is a course for those new to the University of Toronto, Microsoft 365, or both. It’s your first week on the job, but where do you begin when it comes to using different Microsoft tools, and how can they help make your job easier? Perhaps you’ve been at the University for years, but have only used Outlook and want to continue to build your knowledge of different tools.

This course provides U of T employees with a foundational overview of using key Microsoft applications in an administrative context. Tools discussed include Outlook, Teams and OneDrive.

Register for March 24 session.

Access online learning.

High Performance Collaboration

High Performance Collaboration is for those who are already familiar with the basic functions of applications such as OneDrive, Outlook and Teams and would like to learn more. High Performance Collaboration offers University employees new ways to use Microsoft 365 tools more confidently, productively and collaboratively.

Building on the foundation laid out by Introduction to Microsoft 365 @ U of T, High Performance Collaboration delves into key Microsoft 365 productivity applications to offer new perspectives on how to use tools such as Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, Stream and Forms.

Register for March 31 session.

Access online learning.

Course Formats

Built with the current remote work environment in mind, we are offering the courses in three formats:

  • Instructor-Led: An instructor-led version of each course will be offered on a monthly basis. The courses will currently be offered over Teams, but will shift to in-person instruction once possible. Individuals can register for upcoming sessions via SuccessFactors.
  • Self-Paced: An easy-to-navigate pre-recorded version of both courses is available in SuccessFactors. Access over 100 microlessons and take a course from beginning to end, or watch the micro-learning videos individually based on subject.
  • By Request: Divisions can work collaboratively with EASI to create and deliver a customized version of either course. EASI will train a representative to deliver divisional training going forward.

Please contact Kathleen McLeod at with any questions regarding this new training curriculum.

Kind regards,

EASI Communications

Connect+Learn: Teams Breakout Rooms – Session 2

Teams breakout rooms are finally here, but how do we use them? Join Connect+Learn for a session on the new breakout room feature for Teams meetings. Topics covered will include:

      • How to set up breakout rooms
      • Managing breakout rooms
      • Best practices for breakout rooms
      • And more…


Microsoft to retire Skype for Business on July 31, 2021

Date: February 5, 2021
To: ACE-IT, InfoTech, EITU
From: Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration
Re: Microsoft to retire Skype for Business on July 31, 2021


On July 31, 2021 Microsoft will retire Skype for Business Online. After that date, the service will no longer be accessible. Between now and July 31, existing Skype for Business users at the University will experience no change of service and they will be able to continue using it as needed. Before that time, we recommend you take the following actions:

For online meetings 

If your division is still using Skype for Business to schedule online meetings, we recommend upgrading to Microsoft Teams as soon as possible.

For conference rooms 

If your division is still using Skype for Business in your conference rooms, you will need to switch to an alternative service before July 31, 2021. We recommend upgrading to Microsoft Teams. 

In both instances, Teams offers improved meeting features to Skype for Business and we expect you will find the transition to be a smooth one. You can learn more about using Teams on the University’s Microsoft 365 website:

Please let us know how we can assist you in this transition by submitting a ticket through the Enterprise Service Centre.

Kind regards, 

EASI Digital Workplace

Connect+Learn: Best Practices for Teams Breakout Rooms

Join us for this session on best practices for Teams breakout rooms. Topics covered will include:

  • How should I set up breakout rooms to ensure successful collaboration?
  • What is good breakout room “etiquette”?
  • How can I manage multiple breakout rooms at once?
  • And more…

Please note: this session builds on the previous week’s training and assumes attendees have a basic understanding of what breakout rooms are and how they are set up.