Completed Pilots

Piloted learning technologies are evaluated by faculty, staff, and students in live courses as well as technology experts to assess their potential pedagogical value. The LT Hub Leadership considers the outcomes of these evaluations in addition to technical, financial, security, and privacy issues to reach a final decision on the support offered to each technology at an institutional level. Below are the decisions regarding piloted technology since an official evaluation process was established.

Jump to pilot: Crowdmark | edX Edge | Mattermost


Crowdmark

The University has decided to adopt Crowdmark as an online platform for distributed exam grading for the 2017/18 academic year. Support for the service is provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units. However, funding for the service is provided on a per Faculty basis. Instructors who wish to use the service should check first with their respective unit to determine if funding is available.

Crowdmark is an online grading and analytics application. Crowdmark supports grading by managing online distribution of assessments and assignments to graders; facilitating online grading and feedback by individuals and teams; automating assessment and assignment return to students; and providing grading analytics.

Crowdmark is currently integrated with Connect. We are still exploring options for integrating into Canvas. See the Crowdmark tool guide and Crowdmark documentation for details on how to get started.

Reports related to the evaluation are available by request. Simply contact LT Hub and specify you are interested in the outcome of the Crowdmark pilot from spring 2017.

edX Edge

The University has officially adopted edX Edge as a component of the learning technology ecosystem for campus-based course delivery. Support for the service is provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units.

EdX is part of "the evolving ecosystem of learning technology platforms, tools and applications on campus" (see UBC edX Partnership). This provides edX.org as a platform for UBC MOOCs, and also supports a platform called Edge that can be used for regular UBC courses. Edge can be used to provide a blended learning experience for campus-based courses, it can also be used to support UBC online and distance courses. Both edX and Edge provide a course authoring tool called Studio.


edX Edge is similar but distinct from other learning platforms like Connect and Canvas.

edX Edge is integrated with CWL login and can be used as the primary platform for course delivery. Specific Edge functionality can also be embedded into UBC's current LMS platforms (Canvas and Connect) via LTI. See the edX tool guide for information on how to get started. edX also provides detailed documentation on their support site.

Reports related to the evaluation are available by request. Simply contact LT Hub and specify you are interested in the outcome of the edX Edge pilot from spring 2017.

Mattermost

The University has now adopted Mattermost as a team chat tool to facilitate communication and collaboration in courses and cohorts. Support for the service is provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units.

Mattermost is an open-source chat tool that facilitates collaboration by supporting text chat, group messaging (via public & private channels), file sharing/uploading, and tagging/searching. Real-time and asynchronous communication are combined, meaning quick flurries of messages and threaded discussions can coexist in an "anytime" communication environment.

Mattermost can be accessed via the web, and there are desktop and mobile apps for most platforms. Email, desktop, and push notifications can be set up to personalize the experience. You can get more familiar with Mattermost and its features by visiting the application's support site or checking out the tool guide.

The tool is open source and hosted at UBC. Request for a team space (linked to a course or managed independently) can currently be made via LT Hub.

Reports related to the evaluation are available by request. Simply contact LT Hub and specify you are interested in the outcome of the Mattermost pilot from the 2017/18 academic year. A summary of the report's findings is also available on the Educational Technology Support website.