Tool Guides

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

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Camtasia

Camtasia is a desktop capturing software that also supports video editing. You can choose the screen area on your computer you wish to record, and include audio or other multimedia to create dynamic educational videos, such as lectures and presentations. Get started » lectures, presentations, diy, do it yourself, media capture, video recording, record at home
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Canvas Catalog

Canvas Catalog is a special installation of Canvas used at UBC for continuing education or non-degree-related purposes. It includes a catalog that students can use to search and sign up for courses themselves, although these courses will not be available on transcripts from UBC. Get started » continuing education
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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. Get started »

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Student Guide

course content, communications, assignments, quizzes, student peer assessments, peer review, peer feedback, group work, discussions, exams, grading, learning management system, announcements, discussion board, annotation, portfolios
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Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS)

The Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) is UBC’s homegrown review tool for multimedia. It features a specialized media player for recording, sharing, annotating (i.e., marking up specific areas), and commenting on videos, images, and PDFs. Annotations for videos are timeline-based, so you and your students can leave feedback contextually, exactly where it applies. Get started » student peer assessments, peer review, peer feedback
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ComPAIR

ComPAIR is UBC’s homegrown peer review tool that adds comparing to the process of students reviewing one another’s work. In ComPAIR, students see pairs of their peers’ assignments presented side-by-side for criteria-guided comparison and feedback. Students learn by comparing and identifying strengths or weaknesses that may not be as evident in an isolated assignment, encouraging productive peer feedback and critical thinking. Get started » student peer assessments, peer review, assignments, peer feedback, open source
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Crowdmark

Crowdmark is an application for online grading, designed for easing the challenges of grading collaboratively with a teaching team, particularly on exams. Crowdmark supports grading by managing the distribution of assessments and assignments to graders, facilitating the adding of grades and feedback to student work, automating returning work to students, and providing analytics on the grading outcomes. Get started »

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exams, grading
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edX

edX provides a learning platform for UBC Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) that can offer open education courses to thousands of participants. Get started » continuing education, course content, learning at scale
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GitHub

The UBC GitHub Service for Teaching & Learning is a collaborative version-control tool available for academic use at UBC. Version-control tools are commonly used for managing code or other projects where you want a clear history of the development of shared work. UBC GitHub enables this collaboration and coordination for students. Get started » assignments, group work, code, version control
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Gradescope

Gradescope is an an application for online grading, designed for easing the challenges of grading collaboratively with a teaching team, particularly on exams. Gradescope supports grading by managing the distribution of assessments and assignments to graders, facilitating the adding of grades and feedback to student work, automating returning work to students, and providing analytics on the grading outcomes. Get started »

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exams, grading
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iClicker Cloud

iClicker Cloud is an online student response system that allows you to collect and grade responses to in-class questions that students answer individually using their own computer or mobile device. You receive the responses instantly, and you can use these results to inform your teaching and/or share them with the class. Get started »

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Student Guide

polls, surveys, student response system, classroom, synchronous, polling
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iPeer

iPeer is a peer review application for having students assess their team members’ contributions to group assignments. These evaluations can help students reflect on teamwork and their own participation and can help you understand how well groups are working together and how much each individual student is contributing. Get started » student peer assessments, group work, teamwork, open source
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Kaltura

Kaltura is a media platform where you and your students can create, store, and share multimedia content in Canvas. Features in Kaltura include the ability to record, upload, publish, search, and embed media directly in one or multiple Canvas courses. Kaltura also allows you to edit media, create shorter clips from existing media, and add interactive quizzes to videos. Get started » course content, lectures, presentations, assignments, quizzes, diy, do it yourself, media capture, video recording, record at home, transcription, closed captioning, video editing, storage
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Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR)

Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) is a request application for managing your course reserves at UBC, ensuring that required readings for courses are available to you and your students. You can request course reserves in LOCR by adding the content yourself or sending a list of readings for librarians to add for you. In either case, UBC Library staff will ensure that your course reserves are copyright compliant. Get started »

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course content
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LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a web browser that “locks down” what students can do during a quiz in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser to take a quiz, they will be unable to print or copy questions, visit other websites, access other applications, or close the quiz until it is submitted. Quizzes created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers. Get started »

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quizzes, exams, academic integrity
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Mattermost

Mattermost is a chat tool that facilitates real-time and asynchronous communication and collaboration. Your class can chat publicly or privately with each other and in groups, share files, and tag messages for easier searching later. An open-source tool hosted by UBC, Mattermost securely combines the real-time and asynchronous conversations, meaning instant messages and threaded discussions can coexist in one, “anytime”, privacy-compliant communication environment. Get started » communications, group work, discussions, team chat, q&a, virtual office hours, synchronous, instant messaging
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Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive is a secure file-hosting service that allows you to store, share, and synchronize files and folders from any connected devices. It offers 1TB of encrypted data storage, file versioning, and the ability to access and edit files and folders offline. OneDrive supports UBC faculty, staff, and students securely sharing and collaborating on documents in real time, with granular control over who can see and edit what. Get started »

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group work, version control, file sharing
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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is an all-in-one collaboration tool to create virtual meeting spaces and facilitate group work. In Teams, you can meet and collaborate with UBC faculty, staff, and students through web-conferencing and group chat. The platform also includes file-sharing and real-time document collaboration using Microsoft Office applications like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Get started »

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communications, group work, discussions, team chat, q&a, virtual office hours, synchronous, instant messaging, meetings
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OnTask

OnTask is a learning analytics tool for sending targeted feedback to students to help with their learning in an automated but personalized way. With OnTask, you create custom feedback to send to groups of students meeting specific learning criteria. Students will receive these messages as individual feedback from you. This process makes meaningful communication with students easier to manage, even with large class sizes. Get started » communications
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peerScholar

peerScholar is a peer review tool that allows a high degree of granularity and customization in how you have students review one another’s work. peerScholar assignments have three phases: students submitting work, students evaluating peer work and providing feedback, and students reflecting on the outcomes (e.g., reading the feedback received and, optionally, evaluating the feedback and/or revising and resubmitting their work). Get started »

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student peer assessments, peer review, assignments, annotation, peer feedback
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PeerWise

PeerWise is a tool that invites students to quiz each other by creating and sharing their own multiple-choice questions and answering those written by their peers. Developed by the University of Auckland, PeerWise can help you identify common misunderstandings in a course, while students can help each other study and review content. Get started » assignments, quizzes, peer review, study, q&a
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Piazza

Piazza is an online question-and-answer application that instructors can use to encourage written discussions involving students, teaching assistants, and themselves. Piazza supports wiki-like collaboration, post endorsing, anonymous posting, and polling. Get started » discussions, q&a, discussion board
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Proctorio

Proctorio is an online remote proctoring tool that allows you to give an invigilated quiz or exam in Canvas. In place of a 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. Get started »

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exams, remote invigilation, academic integrity
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Qualtrics

Qualtrics is UBC’s primary tool for creating surveys and collecting and analyzing survey data.​ In Qualtrics, you can build custom surveys for your students or for other people that are specifically tailored to your pedagogical needs. Survey questions can take many forms, and include advanced features such as branching, where answers to earlier questions dynamically change what later questions are asked. Get started » polls, surveys, polling
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Respondus Quiz

Respondus Quiz is an assessment-building software for creating exams or quizzes on Windows computers. The current version is also known as Respondus 4.0. You can build assessments offline in the software, but the final quizzes and exams can either be distributed online using Canvas or printed and handed out on paper. Get started » quizzes
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Snagit

Snagit is a screen capturing software for creating and editing screenshots and basic video recordings of your screen. Finished projects can be saved as images or videos that can be used as visual instructions and how-to guides for students. Get started » media capture, diy, do it yourself
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Student Time Zones

The Student Time Zones tool in Canvas visualizes your students’ availability based on their time zone​, which can be manually set by each student or automatically set by Canvas. Students can choose to set a preferred time zone in their Canvas profile settings. Alternatively, Canvas will set an inferred time zone for students based on the IP address of their most recent Canvas login. Get started » group work, schedule, meetings
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Threadz

Threadz is a learning analytics tool that allows you to visualize and better quantify student discussions that happen in the discussion boards of your Canvas course. Developed by Eastern Washington University with academic use in mind, Threadz lets you map a discussion by person or by discussion thread. Get started » discussions
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Turnitin

Turnitin is a suite of tools for improving student writing that includes ways of checking the originality of the writing to prevent plagiarism and providing detailed instructor feedback for each student. Get started » assignments, academic integrity
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UBC Blogs

UBC Blogs is an interactive website-building platform where you and your students can create sites for sharing content individually or collaboratively. These sites can result in outcomes like a course website, a group blog, or a personal portfolio—all built on a flexible WordPress foundation, which helps you implement different themes and add-on tools without having to learn code. Get started »

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course content, communications, group work, discussions, open education, announcements, portfolios
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UBC Wiki

UBC Wiki is an online platform for collaborative writing, where content can be created and edited by any person who logs in with a UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login). Content created in the UBC Wiki is viewable by everyone online and can be embedded in other tools like UBC Blogs. UBC Wiki uses the same MediaWiki platform that powers Wikipedia, which includes detailed revision tracking of content and the option to use wiki markup language. Get started » course content, group work, version tracking, open education
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VideoScribe

VideoScribe is an animation software that allows you to animate text and an extensive library of shapes and images on a digital whiteboard. You can customize the animations in multiple ways, as well as add voice-overs and a soundtrack to the final video product. Get started » lectures, presentations, diy, do it yourself, media capture
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Webwork

Webwork is an online assignment and quiz tool​ for numeric problems and equations that allows you to create custom problems or choose from a library and assign these on an individual student basis as part of homework sets or quizzes. Students can receive instant feedback after answering each problem and have multiple attempts, in order to better understand their learning. Get started »

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assignments, quizzes, equations
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Zoom

Zoom is a ​video/audio web-conferencing and collaboration tool that allows you to meet with students in real time. ​Through Zoom you can do many classroom activities: present using whiteboards, share screens and resources, interact by voice or text chats, enable group discussion, and administer polls. Get started »

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communications, lectures, presentations, group work, discussions, polls, exams, remote invigilation, remote proctoring, virtual office hours, synchronous, video recording, transcription, closed captioning, polling, meetings

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