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 video capture and 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 how UBC instructors have used Canvas in a law course and used 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 annotation tool for

  • Asking students to annotate and discuss multimedia like videos
  • Storing and streaming video content in a course

UBC Examples

Read about a UBC instructor experience using CLAS in education courses.

 

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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

  • Looking at pairs of work during peer review, which helps students provide higher quality feedback, as they can more easily identify strengths and weaknesses of each assignment using their innate comparative judgement
  • Having students review their own work as part of the process to encourage deeper self-reflection

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A collaborative instructional team grading tool for

  • Collecting and distributing assessments and assignments online (or completed on paper and scanned), and having your team enter marks according to shared rubrics
  • Streamlining management of team grading, with features like keyboard shortcuts and reusable written feedback comments that can save graders time
  • Syncing your classlist details with Canvas, so you don’t have to register students separately

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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 instructional team grading tool for

  • Collecting and distributing assessments and assignments online (or completed on paper and scanned), and having your team enter marks according to shared rubrics
  • Streamlining management of team grading, with features like keyboard shortcuts and reusable written feedback comments that can save graders time

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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 video capture and editing tool for

  • Storing and streaming video in Canvas, with auto-captioning you can add for improved accessibility
  • Recording and editing video, including adding chapters and in-video quizzes that can be graded

UBC Examples

Read about a UBC instructor experience using Kaltura for videos 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

  • Locking down a Canvas quiz by preventing students from opening a new tab, switching applications, taking screenshots, copying questions, or printing
  • Discouraging easy access to Internet-based answers for online quizzes and exams to promote academic integrity

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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

  • Customizing rubrics for peer review and allowing student to annotate directly on certain types of peer work
  • Asking students review each other’s feedback in addition to the work itself, to create stronger accountability for students in writing thoughtful feedback
  • Having students to review their own work as part of the process as well as resubmit their work, to encourage deeper self-reflection

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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 online assessments, questions, and test pools, which can be used in Canvas for grades
  • Converting supported text files (.txt, .rtf, QTI .xml, .doc, and .docx) into interactive questions and assessments and exporting as Word or text files that can be printed for in-class use

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A study tool for

  • Creating learning activities such as games, flash cards, and quizzes
  • Converting supported text files (.txt, .rtf, QTI .xml, .doc, and .docx) into interactive questions and assessments and exporting as 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 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

  • Sharing text and multimedia course content on an open website
  • Communicating updates with students through date-based posts that they can also comment on
  • Inviting students to create websites or portfolios of their own
  • Enabling discussions that can include the broader community outside a course

UBC Examples

Read about a UBC instructor’s 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 a UBC instructor’s experience using Wiki to empower students to contribute to public knowledge and another UBC instructor’s Wiki use to foster collaboration between students and co-instructors.

 

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A video animation tool for

  • Customizing simple but engaging pre-made animations that can be incorporated into longer lecture videos to break up the content
  • Illustrating concepts that may be otherwise difficult for students to grasp

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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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