Course Content

Find tools for sharing course content with your students online at UBC. All tools recommended by the LT Hub have passed a UBC Privacy Impact Assessment and receive central technical and pedagogical support.

 Course Content

These tools let you share course content like text, video, audio, and images online. They also offer other ways of engaging your students with interactive activities.

General Tips

  • Break down your course content into clear and concise units of information, which are easier for students to absorb.
  • Switch between different mediums of delivery to increase the engagement and accessibility of your course content.
  • Keep your course content accessible for everyone by following accessibility best practices (e.g., adding closed-captioning and transcripts for video and being mindful of how you use colours, tables, and links).
  • Use UBC’s Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) to add articles, books, web links, and media resources to your course in a copyright-appropriate way.

canvas-logo

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
Low demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

Canvas

Share and organize content in UBC’s primary learning platform, using what are called modules to provide a clear course sequence for your students to follow.

What are the benefits?

  • Since Canvas courses are automatically created each term, you can log in and immediately start filling your space with content-rich modules.
  • You can organize the modules by weeks, days, topics, or whatever makes the most sense for your context.
  • Each module can contain text, multimedia, and files, as well as discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other interactive learning activities. Content can be dragged and dropped in the desired spot in your module sequence.
  • You can hide modules until a specified date or set up prerequisites students need to complete before accessing the next module.

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edx-logo Edge

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
Low demand

Privacy:
Additional steps required. Because of where data is stored, you will need to follow the steps in our instructor guide to comply with FIPPA.

edX Edge

Post content on the supplementary learning platform edX Edge, which is similar to but more limited in features than Canvas.

What are the benefits?

  • You can present course content in a highly organized sequence that integrates text and video content together more seamlessly than Canvas.
  • Because of its design for self-paced learning and its FIPPA restrictions, edX Edge is best used for content delivery and self-assessment, rather than high-stakes graded work.
  • You can take the edX 101 online course to see if this platform is right for any aspects of your course.

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kaltura-logo Kaltura

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
High demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

Kaltura in Canvas

Upload video, audio, and image files (or have your students do so) in a Canvas course, then embed this multimedia wherever you want to share it.

What are the benefits?

  • With Kaltura, you have unlimited file storage and can upload individual media files up to 5GB each.
  • You can add in-video quizzes to engage students as they watch video lectures, which can count in your Canvas course gradebook as assignments, if you want to track student performance.
  • Kaltura’s auto-captioning streamlines adding closed-captioning and video transcripts to your media, which improves accessible for students with less time commitment for you.

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UBC Blogs

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
Low demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

UBC Blogs

Host open course websites, where you and your students can create, share, and comment on content.

What are the benefits?

  • UBC Blogs allows content to be posted publicly, meaning people outside the course can engage with it and students can continue accessing it after the course is over.
  • Content from other UBC platforms can be embedded into UBC Blogs, such as media from CLAS, pages from Wiki, or videos from Kaltura.
  • You can provide direct access to UBC Blogs in Canvas through your Course Navigation or as part of a module, if you want to use both tools together.

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wiki-logo UBC Wiki

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
Low demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

UBC Wiki

Create, manage, and share content in a collaborative space that is editable by anyone with a UBC Campus-Wide Login (CWL).

What are the benefits?

  • Enable quick collaboration on course content for your students, without having to do much setup yourself (like creating a site on UBC Blogs or setting up Canvas groups).
  •  Having students learn the markup language used in UBC Wiki provides an additional real-world skill, as this language is also used for other wiki platforms like Wikipedia.

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