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.

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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 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).

ToolStatusDetails
Ally
Decision Pending
(requested budget for central funding)
Ally, a tool for increasing the accessibility of digital content, has completed its formal pilot phase and a decision from UBC leadership about future central support is expected shortly.
Badgr
Decision Reached
Central Support & Funding
Canvas made Badgr, a tool for recognizing and tracking course achievements, available for free within the Learning Management System, so the University has adopted Badgr for badging within the LMS by default.
CATME
Decision Pending
(waiting on a review of all centrally-supported peer assessment tools)
CATME, a tool for asking students to review the contributions of their peers in group work, has completed its formal pilot phase and a decision from UBC leadership about future central support is expected after the Student Peer Assessment Tools Working Group makes its recommendations.
Course Spaces
Decision Pending
(evaluation report being finalized)
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 shortly.
Crowdmark
Decision Reached
(contract negotiations underway)
The University has decided to adopt Crowdmark as an online platform for easier distributed exam grading. Support for the service will be provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units. However, details on funding for the service are still being determined.
edX Edge
Decision Reached
Central Support & Funding
The University has officially adopted edX Edge for campus-based course delivery. Support for the service is provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units.
Gradescope
Decision Reached
(contract negotiations underway)
The University has decided to adopt Gradescope as an online platform for easier distributed exam grading. Support for the service will be provided through the LT Hub and relevant instructional support units. However, details on funding for the service are still being determined.
Mattermost
Decision Reached
Central Support, Decentralized Funding
The University has now adopted 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, funding for the tool is provided on a per Faculty basis. 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 committed to a short-term contract with peerScholar to facilitate highly customizable student peer review of peer work online. 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. There is a charge for the use of this proctoring service. Instructors who wish to use the service will need to check first with their respective unit to determine how much funding is available.

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 IntegrationStatusDetails
WeBWorK
Completed
Available in Canvas
This assignment and quiz application has been integrated with Canvas.
CLASS
Completed
Available in Canvas
This scheduling system for chemistry labs has been integrated with Canvas.
Collaborate Ultra
Completed
Available in Canvas
This web conferencing tool has been integrated into Canvas.
ComPAIR
Completed
Available in Canvas
This comparison-based peer assessment tool has been integrated with Canvas.
Examity
Completed
Available in Canvas
This remote proctoring application has been integrated with Canvas. There is a charge for the use of this proctoring service - please see our tool page for more details.
iClicker Classic
Completed
Available in Canvas
This classroom response tool has been integrated with Canvas.
iPeer
Completed
Available in Canvas
This peer review tool has been integrated with Canvas.
Kaltura
Completed
Available in Canvas
This video recording, uploading and sharing tool has been integrated with Canvas.
Lockdown Browser
Completed
Available in Canvas
This way of locking down student browser use during quizzes has been integrated into Canvas.
LOCR
Completed
Available in Canvas
Our system for managing and requesting course reserves has been integrated with Canvas.
Pearson
Completed
Available in Canvas
Pearson publisher content is now 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.
Piazza
Completed
Available in Canvas
This online Q&A discussion application has been integrated with Canvas.
Respondus Quiz
Completed
Available in Canvas
This assessment creation/management tool has been integrated with Canvas.
Roll Call Attendance
Completed
Unavailable
LT Hub Leadership has considered the request to enable the Roll Call integration and decided not to enable it based on the current functionality. We recommend attendance continue to be taken via traditional means.
Turnitin
Completed
Unavailable
The integration with Canvas of this assignment submission tool is not currently compliant with BC data privacy laws.
UBC Blogs
Completed
Available in Canvas
This blogging tool has been integrated with Canvas.
Wiki Embed
Active Investigation
Testing currently underway. This integration will allow content from the UBC Wiki to be embedded into Canvas.
Wiley Plus
Completed
Available in Canvas
Wiley Plus publisher content is now 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.
Abacus
Completed
Available in Canvas
This research library database application has been integrated with Canvas.