Tool Guides

Ready to jump in and use a particular tool? Read our UBC tool guides to find instructions and tips for using specific learning technology in your course.

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Search and browse our tools by keyword or sort them alphabetically. All tools listed on the LT Hub website have passed a UBC Privacy Impact Assessment and receive central technical and pedagogical support.

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Ally

Ally is a content-checking tool that works in Canvas to help you improve the accessibility of your course content. Once Ally is turned on in a Canvas course, each piece of content is assigned an accessibility score. This score is intended to reflect how accessible the content is for people with vision or hearing impairments and similar learning barriers. Depending on the type of content, Ally may give instructions for improving the accessibility and / or create alternative formats of the content for students to use. Get started » accessible content, course content
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Camtasia

Camtasia is a desktop-capturing software that also supports video editing. You can choose the area of the computer screen you wish to record and include audio or other media 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

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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Canvas Catalog

Canvas Catalog is a special installation of Canvas used for non-credit courses at UBC. In addition to delivering online course content in Canvas Catalog, you can also include your course in a searchable catalog. Learners (from UBC or external) can use the catalog to sign up for courses in continuing education or for non-degree-related purposes. Get started »

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continuing education
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Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS)

CLAS is UBC’s homegrown review tool for multimedia that 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. The process encourages 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 grading online, 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 Edge

edX Edge is a learning platform that allows you to present online course content in a highly organized sequence of modules and pages. The layout options encourage you to develop interactive content that seamlessly combines multiple elements like text, images, videos, multiple-choice questions, and more advanced components (e.g., peer instruction questions, polls) into discrete units of learning. Get started » continuing education, course content, learning at scale, mooc
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GitHub

UBC GitHub 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 with an on-campus version of GitHub Enterprise that works with our campus login system. Get started » assignments, group work, code, version control
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Gradescope

Gradescope is an application for grading online, 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 questions during a class session, which students answer using their own computer or mobile device. You receive the responses instantly and can use them to inform your teaching and/or share the results with the class. iClicker Cloud poll and quiz results can also be set up to send student grades to the Canvas Gradebook. 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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JupyterHub

JupyterHub is an interactive, customizable computing tool that lets you harness the functions of high-performance computers for teaching and learning at UBC. The tool provides a web-based computational workspace (a “notebook”) for students, instructors, and researchers to collaborate with shared data and to develop related resources, visualizations, and real-time high-performance features such as instant computer-generated figures. Get started » assignments, group work, code, high-performance computing
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Kaltura

Kaltura is a media platform where you and your students can create and share media content in Canvas. Kaltura lets you 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 that can pass grades to Canvas. 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)

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 (Self Service) or sending a list of readings (Syllabus Service) for librarians to add for you. In either case, UBC Library staff will ensure that your course reserves are copyright compliant and will handle acquisitions of any required licences. 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 or exam in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser, during the assessment they will be unable to print or copy questions, visit other websites, access other applications, or close the assessment until it is submitted. Quizzes and exams 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 for real-time and asynchronous communication and collaboration, meaning instant messages and threaded discussions can coexist in one, “anytime” course space. You and your students can chat publicly or privately with each other and in groups; share files; and tag messages for easier searching later. 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. Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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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My Learning Analytics (MyLA)

MyLA is a dashboard in Canvas that gives you and your students feedback about their engagement with course materials, assignments, and grades. You can enable two visualizations for students. One is a summary of the resources that students and their peers have accessed, and the other provides students with a way of setting grade-based goals and planning their assignment completion. Get started » learning analytics, student engagement
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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 submit work, students evaluate peer work and provide feedback, and students reflect on the outcomes (i.e., read the feedback received and, optionally, evaluate the feedback and/or revise and resubmit 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 help each other to study and review course content. Get started » assignments, quizzes, peer review, study, q&a
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Piazza

Piazza is an online discussion tool that you can use to facilitate written discussions or question-and-answer threads involving students, teaching assistants, and instructors. Piazza also supports other features like anonymous posting, polling, and wiki-like collaboration (allowing multiple people to edit the same posts). Get started » discussions, q&a, discussion board
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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 that are tailored to your pedagogical needs, for use with students or others. You can use many question types 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 helping you create quizzes and exams. You can build these assessments offline, then distribute them online using Canvas or distribute them in person using printed paper copies. This software, also known as Respondus 4.0, only works on Windows computers; it does not work on any Mac devices. Get started » quizzes
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Snagit

Snagit is a screen-capturing software for creating and editing screenshots and 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. 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 (Internet Protocol) 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

Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism-prevention tool that helps you check the originality of student writing. You can also use Turnitin to provide marks and detailed feedback for each student, as well as re-use common feedback across multiple student submissions. 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, a peer review space, 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 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 for formatting. 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. In Webwork, you can create custom problems or choose from a library and assign these problems 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, 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 lets you meet with students in real time online. ​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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