Technology is a powerful resource that can be used to strengthen existing educational practices and widen access to learning opportunities. CTLT works collaboratively with academic and administrative units throughout UBC with the end goal of improving and enhancing the student learning experience. By deploying a nimble team of technologists, support personnel, and programmers that work closely with other professionals, CTLT is able to support innovative approaches to a wide range of pedagogical initiatives.
Services range from user support for enterprise applications such as Connect and CoursEval (for student evaluations of teaching) to incubating open-source projects (e.g., blogs, wikis), innovative commercial software (e.g., Blackboard Collaborate, Clickers), and University-sponsored applications (e.g., Webwork, iPeer). These strategic services advance UBC’s ability to leverage opportunities to transform educational practices in place-based and virtual classrooms.
For more information on learning technology tools visit the Learning Technology Hub website.
A-Z List of Tools
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing is an application for moderating classes, meetings, or other group collaborations where participants can share whiteboards and screens, chat by voice or text, and engage in other ways like taking polls and answering questions.
Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) is an online peer review application that enables students to review and critique their peers' work. Instructors can have students submit assignments in a variety of formats, learn to competently review each other's assignments based on instructor-provided examples of good, average, and poor submissions, and give personalized feedback to their classmates.
Camtasia is a powerful screencasting desktop software that also supports video editing. Instructors can choose the screen area they wish to record and easily include audio or other multimedia to create dynamic educational videos.
Clickers are wireless handheld devices that allow students to respond individually to in-class polls and quizzes, sending instant responses from the whole class to the instructor's computer. Clickers are also known as a type of Classroom Response System (CRS).
Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) is a specialized online media player for recording, sharing, annotating, and commenting on videos. Annotations and comments for the videos are timeline-based, so students and instructors can leave feedback exactly where it applies.
UBC provides a hosted content management system (CMS) based on WordPress, used for teaching and learning, research and communication and marketing needs. This rich and flexible open-source, centrally supported platform is offered at no cost to faculties and units.
Connect is UBC's primary learning platform for delivering online course content and includes the ability for instructors to share content (text, files, media), enable student collaboration, manage assignments and quizzes, and assign grades.
CoursEval is UBC's online survey application for setting up and receiving confidential student evaluations of UBC courses and instructors. Once evaluations are complete, instructors can use the system to view their results online.
UBC has added edX to the "evolving ecosystem of learning technology platforms, tools and applications on campus" (see UBC edX Partnership). This provides edX.org as a platform for new UBC MOOCs. It also supports a platform called Edge that can be used for regular UBC courses. Edge can be used to provide a blended learning experience for campus-based courses, it can also be used to support UBC online and distance courses. Both edX and Edge provide a course authoring tool called Studio.
Form Builder is an online form-building application that helps instructors create print-ready forms for in-class evaluations, feedback, quizzes, and tests. Instructors can create and edit forms from scratch or build from previous questions and common questions shared by the UBC community.
iPeer is a peer review application where instructors can customize and receive students' evaluations of one another. These anonymized evaluations can then be shared with the evaluated student or kept confidential between the evaluator and instructor.
Kaltura is a video platform for instructors and students to share video content. Kaltura features include the ability to upload, publish, and search videos, embed video directly in a Connect course (that can be reused across multiple courses), and create shortened clips from existing video content.
The Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) is UBC's application for requesting and managing course reserves. Instructors use the application to request a list of course materials, and enrolled students receive access to those materials.
Lightboard is a lecture-capture tool that allows instructors to produce short videos while writing or drawing on a board of illuminated glass in front of them. Lightboard and its related studio services (including studio space, video production, and basic editing) are free to use for UBC faculty and staff, courtesy of UBC Studios.
MediaSite is a lecture-capture platform that allows instructors to create digital recordings of multimedia-rich presentations. MediaSite records everything instructors say, show, and demonstrate with little or no interaction required, and it allows students to switch between multiple views when watching.
The One-Button Studio is a special video-capture room where instructors can easily record lectures and presentations with the touch of a button and leave with a finished video file. One-Button Studio is free to use for UBC faculty and staff, courtesy of UBC Studios.
PeerWise is an application where instructors have students create questions related to a course and then answer, rate, and comment on questions submitted by their peers. By generating, answering, and evaluating questions, students build a better understanding of subject matter.
Piazza is an online question-and-answer application that instructors can use to encourage written discussions involving students, teaching assistants, and instructors. Piazza supports wiki-like collaboration, post endorsing, anonymous posting, and polling.
Respondus Studymate is a desktop software instructors can download and use to create simple, animation-based activities and games using custom course content.
Respondus Quiz is an assessment software for quickly creating and managing exams or quizzes that can either be printed and distributed as paper copies or published directly in a Connect course.
Snagit is a screen-capture desktop software that allows instructors to easily capture, modify, markup, and share screenshots and basic video captures of their computer screens. Finished projects can be saved as images or PDFs.
TeachEval is a secure website application where instructors can publish the University Module Items (UMI) scores for courses that have been evaluated.
Turnitin is a suite of tools for improving student writing that includes ways of checking the originality of the writing to prevent plagiarism and providing detailed instructor and peer feedback for each student.
UBC Blogs provide an interactive website platform where instructors and students can create content individually or collaboratively, resulting in outcomes like a course website, a group blog, a peer review space, or a personal portfolio or blog—all built on a flexible WordPress foundation.
UBC on iTunes U is a place to archive and distribute UBC-related audio and video content through Apple's popular iTunes platform. Instructors can request their material be included as part of the UBC content.
The UBC Survey Tool is a survey-building application that allows instructors to easily create surveys for distribution or have students do the same—all while complying with BC privacy laws. The tool is provided by FluidSurveys and allows for data analysis and reporting as well as the sharing of surveys to collaborate on with groups of faculty or staff. The tool includes a wide variety of question types and conditional responses.
UBC Wiki is a campus-wide online platform for collaborative writing, where content can be created, viewed, and edited by any person who logs in with a CWL. Wiki content can also be embedded easily on UBC Blogs and UBC CMS sites. The UBCWiki uses the open source MediaWiki platform, the same one that powers Wikipedia. There are a number of different ways to include wiki into your course:
UBC has an official channel for sharing educational videos through the widely-used video-streaming YouTube platform. Instructors can request their material be uploaded and streamed on the channel.
VideoScribe is an animation software that allows instructors to create animation videos on a virtual whiteboard. Instructors can choose from an extensive library of shapes, images and text fonts, customize the animations, and add voiceovers and soundtracks.
Webwork is an online assignment and quiz application for mathematics and science, where students receive instant feedback on answers to problems and instructors can allow for multiple attempts until a student finds the correct solution.