Technology Pilots & Integrations

New learning technologies at UBC undergo a rigorous process of evaluation and preparation before rolling out to the wider community as officially supported technology. These are a few of the innovative projects that have been or are currently being assessed. You can also read more about how formal pilots work.


Status of New Technology

New learning technologies are evaluated technically and pedagogically to assess their potential value. The LT Hub Leadership considers pedagogical, technical, financial, security, and privacy issues to reach a final decision on the support offered to each tool at an institutional level. Below are statuses of more recently considered learning technologies.

 

Formal Pilots

Formal pilot status may be: Planned (evaluation anticipated within the next year), Active Pilot (evaluation currently underway), a Decision Pending (evaluation complete but awaiting institutional decision on support), or Decision Reached (institutional decision on support made/underway).

Tool Status Result Details
Ally Decision Reached
Central Support & Funding
The University has decided to adopt Ally, a tool for increasing the accessibility of digital content. Support for the service will be provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units. It will be activated in courses by request, while an option for enabling in all courses is explored.
CATME Decision Reached
No Central Support or Funding
The University has decided not to adopt CATME, a tool for asking students to review the contributions of their peers to group work. This decision follows recommendations from the 2020 Student Peer Assessment Tools Working Group to instead further develop UBC's own iPeer to support similar use cases. In the interim, no funding was approved for CATME, so iPeer and peerScholar are the centrally supported alternatives.
Course Spaces Decision Pending
(review underway)
Course Spaces, a WordPress-based platform for sharing course content, has completed its formal pilot phase and a decision from UBC leadership about future central support is expected.
Crowdmark Decision Reached
Central Support, Decentralized Funding
The University has decided to adopt Crowdmark, an application for grading online, designed for easing the challenges of grading collaboratively with a teaching team. Support for the service will be provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units. Temporary central funding in response to COVID-19 supersedes the regular decentralized funding model.
edX Edge Decision Reached
Central Support & Funding
The University has decided to adopt edX Edge for as an online course delivery alternative to Canvas. Support for the service is provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units.
Gradescope Decision Reached
Central Support, Decentralized Funding
The University has decided to adopt Gradescope, an application for grading online, designed for easing the challenges of grading collaboratively with a teaching team, particularly on exams. Support for the service will be provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units. Temporary central funding in response to COVID-19 supersedes the regular decentralized funding model.
Mattermost Decision Reached
Central Support, Decentralized Funding
The University has decided to adopt Mattermost as a team chat tool to facilitate communication and collaboration in courses and cohorts. Support for the service is provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units. However, instructors who wish to use the service should check first with their respective unit to determine how much funding is available.
peerScholar Decision Reached
Central Support & Funding
The University has decided to adopt peerScholar to facilitate highly customizable student peer assessments of other student work. Support for the service is provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units.
Proctorio Decision Reached
Central Support, Decentralized Funding
The University has adopted Proctorio as an option for automated remote proctoring, enabling students to more easily take exams at distance. Support for the service is provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units. Temporary central funding in response to COVID-19 supersedes the regular decentralized funding model.

Integrations with Canvas

Integration status may be: Planned (investigation anticipated within the next year) Active Investigation (investigating technical and privacy considerations), or Completed (investigation complete, with acceptance or rejection outcome).

Canvas Integration Integration Investigation Results Details
Collaborate Ultra Completed
Works in Canvas
This video/audio web-conferencing and collaboration tool has been integrated into Canvas. However, it will be discontinued starting in summer 2021.
ComPAIR Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This peer review tool, which adds comparing to the process of students reviewing one another’s work, has been integrated with Canvas. You can use your Canvas course registration with ComPAIR and pass participation grades from ComPAIR to Canvas assignments.
Crowdmark Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This application for grading online, designed to ease the challenges of grading collaboratively with a teaching team, has been integrated with Canvas. You can use your Canvas course registration with Crowdmark and manually pass grades from Crowdmark to Canvas.
Gradescope
Active Investigation
Testing is currently underway to more fully integrate this application for grading online with Canvas. Currently, you can only use your Canvas course registration with Gradescope.
iClicker Cloud Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This online student response system, which allows you to collect and grade responses to in-class questions, has been integrated with Canvas. You can use your Canvas course registration with iClicker Cloud and manually pass grades from iClicker Cloud to Canvas.
iPeer Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This peer review application for having students assess their team members’ contributions to group assignments has been integrated with Canvas. You can use your Canvas course registration and Canvas groups with iPeer and manually pass grades from iPeer to Canvas.
Kaltura Completed
Works in Canvas
This media platform, where you can create, store, and share multimedia content, has been integrated into Canvas.
Lockdown Browser Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This web browser that “locks down” what students can do during a quiz has been integrated with Canvas. You can enable LockDown Browser for Canvas course quizzes (note that quizzes in Canvas can be used for any type of assessment).
Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This application for managing your course reserves at UBC has been integrated with Canvas. You can use your Canvas course registration with LOCR.
OnTask Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This learning analytics tool for sending targeted feedback to students has been integrated with Canvas. You can manually pass Canvas learning analytics data to OnTask and use OnTask to send Canvas messages to students.
peerScholar Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This peer review application for facilitating highly customizable student peer assessments of other student work has been integrated with Canvas. You can manually pass grades from peerScholar to Canvas.
Piazza Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This online Q&A discussion application has been integrated with Canvas. You can use your Canvas course registration with Piazza.
Proctorio Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This application that allows you to give an remotely proctored quiz or exam has been integrated with Canvas. You can enable Proctorio for Canvas course quizzes (note that quizzes in Canvas can be use for any type of assessment).
Respondus Quiz Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This assessment-building software for creating exams or quizzes offline on Windows computers has been integrated with Canvas. Respondus Quiz assessments can be imported into a Canvas course as Canvas quizzes (note that quizzes in Canvas can be used for any type of assessment).
Student Time Zones Completed
Works in Canvas
This tool for visualizing your students' availability based on their time zone has been integrated into Canvas.
Threadz Completed
Works in Canvas
This learning analytics tool that allows you to visualize and better quantify student discussions has been integrated into Canvas. You can use Threadz to analyze outcomes of your Canvas discussion boards.
Turnitin Completed
Not available in Canvas
The integration with Canvas of this plagiarism-prevention tool is not currently compliant with BC data privacy laws.
UBC Blogs Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This interactive website-building platform has been integrated with Canvas. You can use your Canvas course registration with UBC Blogs, allowing students to join websites as collaborators or subscribers.
Webwork Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This online assignment and quiz tool​ for numeric problems and equations has been integrated with Canvas. You can use your Canvas course registration with Webwork and pass grades from Webwork to Canvas assignments.
Zoom Completed
Works in coordination with Canvas
This video/audio web-conferencing and collaboration tool has been integrated with Canvas. You can schedule Zoom sessions and share session links and recordings in Canvas.
Abacus Completed
Works in Canvas
This research library database application has been integrated into Canvas.
Achieve (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
Achieve publisher content is available by request in Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.
Badgr Completed
Works in Canvas
This tool for recognizing and tracking course achievements has been integrated into Canvas.
CLASS Completed
Works in Canvas
This scheduling system for chemistry labs has been integrated into Canvas.
Connect (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
Connect publisher content is available by request in Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.
InQuisitive (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
InQuisitive publisher content is available by request in Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.
LaunchPad (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
LaunchPad publisher content is available by request in Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.
MasteringPhysics (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
MasteringPhysics publisher content is available by request in Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.
MindTap (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
MindTap publisher content is available by request in Canvas.
Pearson (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
Pearson publisher content is integrated into Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.
Roll Call Attendance Completed
Not available in Canvas
LT Hub Leadership has considered the request to enable this attendance-taking tool and decided not to enable the integration in Canvas, based on the current functionality. We recommend attendance continue to be taken via traditional means.
Rover (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
Rover publisher content is available by request in Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.
Sapling Plus (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
Sapling Plus publisher content is available by request in Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.
Wiki Embed
Active Investigation
Testing is currently underway to integrate this means of embedding content from the UBC Wiki with Canvas.
Wiley Plus (publisher content) Completed
Works in Canvas
Wiley Plus publisher content is available by request in Canvas through Willo Labs. Willo Labs enables UBC to provide publisher content in Canvas without having to share student data back with the publisher company.