Course Content

Find tools for sharing course content with your students online. 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 enable you to share text, video, audio, or images as part of your course content.

General Tips

  • Break down bigger course content into clear and concise smaller units of information that are easier for students to absorb.
  • Switch between different mediums for course delivery to promote 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 help you add articles, books, web links, and media resources to your course in a copyright-friendly way.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Canvas

Share and organize content in Canvas, UBC’s primary learning platform, 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 modules by weeks, days, topics, or whatever makes the most sense for your course context.
  • Each module can contain text, multimedia, files, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials. 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 in order to access the next module.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
Yes, for grading: Students receive anonymous IDs when they log in. To track and grade student activities, you will need to contact us to help identify your students.

edX Edge

Post content on a version of edX (a platform for UBC Massive Open Online Courses) called Edge that is similar to but more limited in features than Canvas.

What are the benefits?

  • You can present course content in a highly organized sequence of learning modules that integrate text and video content together more seamlessly than Canvas.
  • There is a self-paced edX 101 online course you can take to see if this approach may work better for you.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
High (a slow Internet connection may impact access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Kaltura in Canvas

Upload video, audio, and image files (or have your students do so) in the “My Media” area of a Canvas course, and embed this multimedia wherever you need to.

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 integrate with the Canvas gradebook as assignments, if you want to track student performance.
  • Kaltura’s auto-captioning streamlines adding closed-captioning and video transcripts to your course, which improves accessible for students, with less time commitment for you.

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UBC Blogs

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

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 UBC YouTube.
  • You can provide direct access to UBC Blogs in Canvas through your course’s navigation or as part of a module, if you want to use both tools together.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

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 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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