Academic Continuity Strategies to Mitigate Campus Disruptions

This page is a quick guide of the tools available to help you get started with teaching online. Visit CTLT’s website for more information about online teaching including resources to walk you through putting various parts of your course experience online.


1. Learning technologies to support online teaching

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 and log in with your CWL. There are lots of online resources and video tutorials that are available to help you get started.

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.
  • Use Zoom (250+ students) to deliver large lecture courses that can easily include PowerPoint slides and other media files.
    • Note: Zoom is stored on US servers. Please provide instructions to your students on how they can anonymize themselves and disable their video/audio 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

1.5 For doing online assessments

1.6 For grading

  • Use the Canvas Speedgrader to distribute grades and feedback to students on their assignments.
2. Considerations for Large Enrolment Courses


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.


Learning Tool Issue Suggestions
Collaborate Ultra
Each session can only have a max of 250 participants.
  • Pre-record lecture and post online instead.
  • Use Zoom* for classes larger than 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.
    • Small videos are processed first. Instructors should break their videos to shorter segments.
    • Basic usage of Kaltura (record, upload & stream). Avoid using the quizzing and analytic features at this point.
    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.
    • Stagger the quiz start time so students start at different times
    • Do not set a time limit on the quiz. If a time limit must be set, add ~10 extra minutes to account for increased load times.
    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.
    • View assignment submissions by course/tutorial section instead of the entire class.
    • Create multiple assignments assigned to each section instead of one assignment for the entire class.

    *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. Online Exams

    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

    4. Support Resources

    4.1 Contacts

    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.

    4.2 Resources

    Learning technology support

    If you have any questions or if you would like to report an issue regarding a learning technology, please don’t hesitate to contact us at For in-person support, please join our LTRs at one of our drop-in sessions.