EASI Go Prod NGSIS Updates – May 1 to September 30, 2022

Date: October 3, 2022
ROSI Users; Registrar’s Offices
Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration  
Re: EASI Go Prod NGSIS Updates – May 1 to September 30, 2022


Hi everyone,

Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration (EASI) would like to update you on the latest major production releases and updates for the NGSIS program and student systems. From May 1 to September 30, 2022, EASI completed close to 124 releases for a wide range of applications.

The following are major changes during this timeframe:

Timetable Builder Expansion (June 6)
The cloud-based Timetable Builder expansion was launched on June 6, 2022 and was released to six divisions across U of T. The application allows students to craft and optimize their course schedules and combines functionality previously available in Course Finder and divisional timetable applications. Timetable Builder includes broad course search functionality, natural language explanation of enrolment controls, and section, course and department level comments previously only available in some divisional timetables. In addition to the student-facing application, staff can use OASIS to access the Timetable Builder administrative interface and modify division-specific information.

 Course Information System (CIS)
The Course Information System streamlines syllabi and exams processes for instructors and administrators. CIS has made the following releases: 

  • Updates to Marking Scheme and Exam Details Forms (July 28)
    Revised and improved wording for ARTSC’s Syllabus module and UTSC’s Syllabus and Exam Details modules to more accurately capture the course activities for the Fall 2022 session.

Course Finder Retirement (August 15)
Course Finder was retired on August 15 after the launch of the Timetable Builder expansion. While Course Finder allowed students to search for courses across multiple divisions and campuses, the enhanced Timetable Builder provides more specific course information and timetable functionality.

OUAC Transcript Exchange Update (August 17)
On August 17, the teams at Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration (EASI) and Enrolment Services launched the upgrade to Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) transcript exchange to align with data standards created by the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC). The transition to the new data standards involved shifting from Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) data format to more modern Extensible Markup Language (XML). These electronic transcripts are exchanged between postsecondary institutions as undergraduate students apply for graduate studies and professional programs or transfer between institutions. By creating consistent standards, institutions can align on exchanging transcripts in a consistent and efficient way.

Accommodated Testing Services (ATS)
The ATS project streamlines accommodated testing processes for students, instructors and administrators. ATS has made the following releases: 

  • Improvements for Instructors and Administrators (September 13, 2022)
    Several targeted improvements to the CIS Accommodations functionality based on feedback from instructors and administrative staff. Improvements include better display of scheduling information at the top section of the screen, and allowing instructors associated with one of the primary meeting sections for a course to add assessment details when a student makes a booking request on a secondary meeting section for the same course.