All Guides (A-Z)

Browse an alphabetized list of centrally supported UBC tools.

All Instructor Tool Guides (A-Z)

Learn what the centrally-supported tools at UBC do, what they’re good for, and how instructors have used them in courses.

An on-campus service for lecture and event capture for

  • Getting professional recordings of lectures conducted in classrooms
  • Recording special events, such as guest lectures or presentations, in other spaces using portable professional equipment

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A desktop capture and video editing tool for

  • Recording your screen and webcam to create lectures or presentations that display both your slides and you for a stronger instructor presence
  • Fine-tuning your videos afterward, including editing video length, adding audio tracks, and even including motion animations

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UBC’s primary learning platform for

  • Sharing text and multimedia course content through customizable, organizational units called modules
  • Communicating information securely with students through announcements and messages
  • Facilitating assignments (including group assignments), quizzes, and exams
  • Supporting group work with private spaces for collaboration and discussion boards to promote asynchronous conversations

UBC Examples

Read about UBC instructor experiences using Canvas in a law course and using Canvas in an engineering course.

 

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UBC’s Canvas-based learning platform for

  • Supporting just-in-time, self-paced learning online, like continuing education and professional development

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A multimedia review and annotation tool for

  • Managing assignment collection of images, videos, and PDFs, which you can organize and ask students to review
  • Seeing how students annotate and offer highly contextualized feedback on their own or their peers’ multimedia work

UBC Examples

Read about UBC instructor experiences using CLAS in education courses and using CLAS in music.

 

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A web-conferencing and collaboration tool for

  • Meeting in real-time sessions for interactive lectures (up to 500 participants), office hours, and presentations
  • Enabling classroom collaboration using video, audio, text chat, screen-sharing, whiteboards, and polls
  • Supporting synchronous online group work and discussions with smaller breakout groups during a session

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A peer feedback tool for

  • Managing student peer assessment assignments, including collecting work (done in groups or by individuals) and automating distribution of this work to peers
  • Seeing how students compare and offer feedback on pairs of their peers’ work, which helps them identify strengths and weaknesses using their innate comparative judgement

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A collaborative instructional team grading tool for

  • Creating, collecting, and grading fully online assignments and assessments
  • Creating paper-based assessments that are then scanned, graded, and returned to students online
  • Allowing multiple graders to grade the same student submission and even the same question in parallel without overwriting one another

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A course delivery alternative to Canvas for

  • Sharing text and multimedia course content through customizable modules
  • Facilitating assignments (including student peer assessment options) and quizzes

UBC Examples

Read about instructor experiences using edX Edge in an astronomy course and using edX Edge in a research methods course.

 

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A collaborative version-control tool for

  • Sharing code and projects across a course for students to build on
  • Collecting and assessing student coding assignments and labs

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A collaborative instructional team grading tool for

  • Creating, collecting, and grading fully online assignments and assessments
  • Creating paper-based assessments that are then scanned, graded, and returned to students online
  • Allowing multiple graders to grade the same student submission and even the same question in parallel without overwriting one another

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A student response system good for:

  • Checking student knowledge and opinions in real time through polls (single questions) and quizzes (sets of multiple questions), conducted anonymously or for marks online
  • Tracking attendance for lectures
  • Automatically counting poll outcomes toward student grades in Canvas, if you set up syncing

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A peer review tool for group work for

  • Asking students to honestly tell you how much they felt each group member contributed using quantitative and/or qualitative feedback
  • Promoting self-reflection by also having students assess their own contributions and/or releasing the anonymous feedback, so students learn how peers perceived their contributions

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A media platform built in to Canvas for

  • Recording, storing, and streaming lectures, presentations, or other multimedia course content
  • Creating interactive video quizzes to increase student engagement
  • Adding closed captioning and transcripts to videos

UBC Examples

Read about a UBC instructor experience using Kaltura for video quizzes in medicine.

 

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UBC’s application for course reserves for

  • Requesting material from UBC Library to be reserved for your course
  • Ensuring course materials are added in a copyright-complaint way

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An illuminated whiteboard to use in recording for

  • Capturing in-person lectures in a professional studio on campus
  • Adding visual appeal with “floating” text imagery to increase student engagement, especially for “flatter” concepts

UBC Examples

Read about a UBC instructor experience using Lightboard in an English course.

 

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A special browser with restrictions for

  • Restricting what students can do in their main browser (e.g., no printing, copying, accessing other websites) during a Canvas quiz
  • Locking down online assessments, along with in-person or remote invigilation

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A group collaboration and chat tool for

  • Creating an online space for class and/or group collaboration and document sharing
  • Meeting with students over real-time chat for office hours and one-on-ones
  • Enabling discussions through public and private communication channels and threads

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A secure file-hosting service for

  • Creating, editing, and accessing your files from anywhere
  • Synchronizing files across multiple devices
  • Sharing and collaborating on files with others at UBC

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A group collaboration and chat tool for

  • Holding office hours, meetings, and phone calls
  • Chatting with other faculty, staff, and students
  • Enabling discussions through public and private communication channels
  • Collaborating synchronously on documents

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An on-campus space for lecture capture for

  • Recording with professional equipment while talking with your slides behind you, just as you might during an in-person lecture or presentation
  • Getting support from UBC Studios staff in taking away a finished video file

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A learning analytics-driven communication tool for

  • Sending targeted custom messages to groups of students meeting specific learning criteria (e.g., those performing well or poorly on a learning activity)
  • Streamlining and automating personalized feedback for students, even within large classes

UBC Examples

Watch a UBC sociology instructor discuss using OnTask for mass message personalization and read about two UBC physics instructors’ experiences using onTask to keep students on track.

 

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A robust general peer review tool for

  • Managing assignment collection of work done in groups or by individuals and automating distribution of this work to peers
  • Seeing how students mark and offer feedback on their peers’ work based on rubrics you set
  • Having students evaluate the feedback they receive and/or resubmit a revised work, as the final phase of the assignment

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A peer review tool for generating quiz questions for

  • Encouraging studying for upcoming quizzes or exams by engaging with peers’ study questions
  • Adding a gamification aspect to question-writing that may help motivate students to develop stronger understanding.

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A discussion board tool for

  • Conversations on wiki-like boards that students can collaboratively edit and track how the question and answer evolve over time
  • Increasing engagement with other interactive options like polling within the discussion space

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A remote proctoring tool for

  • Adding remote proctoring to Canvas quizzes
  • Restricting what students can do on their computers during exams (e.g. preventing them from accessing other applications, websites, and browser windows/tabs) and requiring identity verification from each student before an exam
  • Reviewing “suspicious” moments in the student recordings that Proctorio’s algorithms will flag for you and/or your teaching assistants to check

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A survey tool for

  • Building custom surveys using more than 100 question types as well as add advanced branching and other workflow customization
  • Collaborating on surveys with other UBC users and/or privately sharing outcomes with specific individuals using the built-in automated reporting, visualizations, and analytics

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A formative assessment-building tool for

  • Creating assessments offline, then importing them into Canvas for online distribution and grading
  • Exporting assessments into Word or text files that can be printed for in-class use.

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A multimedia capture tool for

  • Capturing images or video from your screen
  • Editing images (e.g., creating simple animated GIFs)

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A collaboration assistance tool for

  • Determining the overlap of regular working hours for everyone in a Canvas course
  • Scheduling synchronous course activities at times that accommodate the majority

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A learning analytics tool for

  • Visualizing discussions to see how students have interacted with each other in Canvas discussions
  • Identifying isolated students to encourage engagement between them and the rest of the class

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A written assignment collection and validation tool for

  • Checking students’ written work against Turnitin’s content databases to catch potential plagiarism
  • Providing individualized feedback to each students on their submission

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An interactive website platform for

  • Building a course website to share course materials
  • Enabling group work by inviting students to author a website together
  • Encouraging students to set up their own sites to display portfolios or reflections
  • Publicly sharing your own Open Educational Resources

UBC Examples

Read about a UBC instructor experience using UBC Blogs in a philosophy course.

 

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A collaborative writing and sharing platform for

  • Sharing course content in an open, Wikipedia-style space
  • Enabing online collaborative writing in a course, with tracked revisions

UBC Examples

Read about UBC instructor experiences using Wiki to empower students to contribute to public knowledge and using Wiki to foster collaboration between students and co-instructors.

 

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A video animation tool for

  • Customizing simple but engaging animations that use visuals to encourage student curiosity and cognitive processing of information
  • Having students use VideoScribe in creating content of their own for course activities or assignments

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An assignment and quiz tool for

  • Creating custom numeric problems and equations that can be assigned as parts of homework or quizzes
  • Choosing pre-made numeric problems and equations from a wide vetted library to assign to students
  • Giving student instant feedback on answers to problems, as well as multiple attempts

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A web-conferencing and collaboration tool for

  • Meeting in real-time sessions for interactive lectures, office hours, and presentations
  • Enabling classroom collaboration using video, audio, text chat, screen-sharing, whiteboards, and polls
  • Supporting synchronous online group work and discussions with smaller breakout rooms during a session

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