Tool Guides

Ready to jump in and use a particular tool? Read the instructor guides to find useful instructions and tips for integrating UBC’s learning technology tools into your course.

Highly-Used Tools

What is Canvas?

Canvas is UBC’s primary learning platform for delivering online course content.​ In Canvas, you can share materials (text or multimedia), enable student collaboration and discussion, manage assignments and quizzes, and assign grades. Canvas can also be used with many other UBC learning technologies.

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What is Collaborate Ultra?

Collaborate Ultra is a ​video/audio web-conferencing and collaboration tool that lets you meet with students in real time for activities like lectures, presentations, and office hours.

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What is Proctorio?

Proctorio is an online remote proctoring tool that allows you to give an invigilated quiz or exam in Canvas. In place of physical person in the room with your students, you can have Proctorio record their webcams, microphones, screens, and any websites they visit during the assessment.

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What is Zoom?

Zoom is a ​video/audio web-conferencing and collaboration tool that lets you meet with students in real time for activities like lectures, presentations, and office hours.

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Other Tools


  • Campus Media Capture » for on-campus lecture and other event capture
  • Camtasia » for video capturing and editing
  • Canvas Catalog » for continuing education or non-degree-related Canvas courses
  • CLAS » for peer or class review of multimedia
  • ComPAIR » for peer review of work using comparisons
  • Crowdmark » for managing instructional team grading
  • edX Edge » for delivering course content in an alternative way to Canvas
  • GitHub » for enabling collaboration on code and other version-controlled projects
  • Gradescope » for managing instructional team grading
  • iClicker Cloud » for polling in the classroom
  • iPeer » for peer review of the group collaboration process
  • Kaltura » for video capture, storage, and streaming in Canvas
  • LOCR » for managing course reserves and copyright permissions
  • Lightboard » for on-campus lecture capture with an illuminated whiteboard
  • LockDown Browser » for adding browser constraints to online assessments
  • Mattermost » for supporting group collaboration with real-time messages (similar to Slack)
  • Microsoft OneDrive » for online file storage and document collaboration
  • Microsoft Teams » for supporting groups with chat, web-conferencing, and document collaboration
  • One-Button Studio » for on-campus lecture capture in a professional studio
  • OnTask » for learning analytics-driven automated feedback for students
  • peerScholar » for peer review of work using highly customizable rubrics
  • PeerWise » for peer review of study questions with a gamification edge
  • Piazza » for robust discussion boards
  • Qualtrics » for distributing surveys and analyzing responses
  • Respondus Quiz » for building assessments that can be used in Canvas or printed on paper
  • Snagit » for capturing simple multimedia like your computer screen
  • Student Time Zones » for visualizing students’ availability based on their time zones in Canvas
  • Threadz » for visualizing and understanding student engagement with discussion posts
  • Turnitin » for checking assignments for plagiarism
  • UBC Blogs » for open interactive websites supporting courses, blogs, or portfolios
  • UBC Wiki » for collaborative writing editable by anyone with a CWL
  • VideoScribe » for building video animations
  • Webwork » for assigning numeric problems and equations as homework or quizzes

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