This page is a quick guide of the tools available to help you get started with teaching online. Visit CTLT’s website keepteaching.ubc.ca for more information about online teaching including resources to walk you through putting various parts of your course experience online.
1.1 For providing course materials online
All courses at UBC can be delivered through Canvas. If you have never logged in to your Canvas course site, go to canvas.ubc.ca and log in with your CWL. There are lots of online resources and video tutorials that are available to help you get started.
- Use Modules, Files, and Pages to organize your course materials.
- Use Kaltura to post media files (e.g. video lectures).
- Use the Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) to have all your readings in one place.
1.2 For delivering online lectures/tutorials/office hours (real-time)
- Use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (<250 students) to meet with your students remotely. You can also use the virtual whiteboard, conduct online polls, as well as share PowerPoint slides/files.
- Note: Students can join a collaborate session through a U.S. phone number but this is not recommended as it may incur charges, depending on their phone plan. Instructors can turn this option off when setting up the session.
- Use Zoom (250+ students) to deliver large lecture courses that can easily include PowerPoint slides and other media files.
- Note: Zoom recordings are stored on US servers. If you are using the recording feature, please provide instructions to your students on how they can anonymize themselves in order to protect student privacy.
1.3 For recording lectures
- Use Kaltura to record your lectures (video and voiceover presentations) and post them online, (e.g. upload to Canvas) so students can view them at their own time.
1.4 For communication
- Use the Faculty Service Centre (FSC) and/or Canvas Inbox/Conversation to email your students. Post Announcements on Canvas regularly to keep students informed of course changes.
1.5 For doing online assessments
- Use Canvas Quizzes to deliver assessments, quizzes, and exams.
- Use Canvas Assignments to collect student submissions online.
1.6 For grading
- Use the Canvas Speedgrader to distribute grades and feedback to students on their assignments.
If you are teaching large enrolment courses or if your Canvas course is merged with multiple sections, there are some limitations that you should be aware of. Suggestions are also included below to help mitigate some of these issues.
|Each session can only have a max of 250 participants.||
|Kaltura||Processing time may be impacted if lots of videos are being uploaded to Kaltura, resulting in a longer wait time before the video can be visible to students.||
|Canvas Quizzes||If everyone clicks “take quiz” all at once, the initial load time for the quiz (mainly the first 3-4 questions) would be impacted.||
|Assignments (this goes for quizzes as well) with more than 1500 submissions may result in delayed SpeedGrader loading times, and assignments with more than 2500 submissions may fail to load at all.||
*Note: If you are using the recording feature, please provide instructions to your students on how they can anonymize themselves in order to protect student privacy.
3.1 Alternatives to Standard Final Exams
For ideas on replacing a traditional, in-person, paper-based exam with an alternative that students can undertake remotely, please visit this page.
3.2 Exam and Invigilation Learning Technologies
Contact Skylight LT support, LT Hub, or LTR support if you need assistance or have questions about using any of the learning technologies. You can also reach out to your internal department IT and/or LT support and your colleagues for assistance as well.
Please contact your Associate Heads and Chairs for more information about any additional local support available at your departments.