New Learning Technologies

This page keeps you informed of new developments with regard to learning technologies supported by the University of British Columbia. Please, share your comments at the bottom of the page.


Introducing WordPress’s new theme: Twenty Nineteen

by Manuel Dias on January 9, 2019
At the core of Twenty Nineteen is its simple, sophisticated typography. The theme’s aesthetic is minimal and non-prescriptive, allowing the theme to work well in a variety of applications. It can provide a modern and aesthetic layout to course blogs and . More information at https://make.wordpress.org/core/2018/10/16/introducing-twenty-nineteen/.
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Engaging your audience in real-time with Mentimeter

by Manuel Dias on January 30, 2018
Mentimeter is a classroom response system similar to clickers, where the participants can answer multiple-choice, multiple answers or true and false questions from their smartphone. You can create an account for free, create a presentation and write the questions you want to ask. Your audience goes to the voting website, enters the code for your […]
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PeerScholar – Peer and Self-Assessment Tool

by Manuel Dias on January 30, 2018
PeerScholar is currently being piloted at UBC. Fore more information, please visit the LT Hub website at http://lthub.ubc.ca/projects/technology-pilots/ What is PeerScholar? PeerScholar is a peer review and self-assessment tool for developing students’ critical- and creative-thinking skills. The tool’s review process has three phases: Creating: Students submit a written or multimedia response to an assignment and receive […]
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Introduction to Canvas Basics

by Manuel Dias on January 30, 2018
In this 90-minute session, you will learn the basics features, as well as teaching strategies to help you integrate Canvas in your course effectively. Topics in this session will include general navigation of the Canvas interface, notifications and communication (Announcements, Email, Discussions), content creation and organization (Modules, Content Pages, Files), grading and assessment (Quizzes, Assignments, […]
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Tinycards by Duolingo

by Parm Gill on November 12, 2017
Flashcards have been used as effective learning tools for a long time, and there are numerous flashcard tools available online. But as a fan of Duolingo (and as a fan of free), I thought I would check out their flashcard app, Tinycards, which was launched as an iOS app in 2016, and a mobile friendly website […]
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Open Pedagogies with Canvas, UBC’s new Learning Management System

by Manuel Dias on July 11, 2017
Canvas has functionalities that can be used to support open pedagogies and resource sharing.
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ThingLink and Infographics

by Parm Gill on May 17, 2017
I may be dating my self, but do you remember the old Reese peanut butter cup commercial — “You got chocolate in my peanut butter”? Well, if you do remember it, you will know the main premise is a combination of two things can sometimes produce something else that is really, really cool. The same is true […]
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Virtual Reality @ UBC

by Manuel Dias on April 21, 2017
A Virtual Reality Lab just opened at the UBC Studios! This new lab environment is available to both faculty and staff who want to try emerging technologies such as virtual reality. The lab is equipped with 360-degree video capture equipment and software along with a HTC Vive virtual reality station, which can be used for […]
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UBC Video Portal for Learning Videos

by Manuel Dias on April 19, 2017
UBC IT recently released UBC Video Share, a centralized video platform powered by Kaltura. This portal can be accessed directly at https://learning.video.ubc.ca/. Log in with your CWL credentials to access your account. Features and benefits This portal allows you to create your own video channel and share it with other users. You can upload your videos and […]
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MATLAB Free for UBC Students

by Manuel Dias on April 19, 2017
MATLAB is a software that supports analysis, algorithm prototyping, and application development for those that require technical computing. Built-in graphics and pre-built toolboxes with algorithms are also included for better insight and visualization of data. For more information, please visit https://it.ubc.ca/news/matlab-free-ubc-students.
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Building a Digital Wall with Padlet

by Manuel Dias on April 11, 2017
Padlet is a free, collaborative, online board or ‘digital wall’ that allows multiple users to post text, add attachments (documents, videos, audio, images), web links (YouTube) and comments in one of several visually appealing formats. Padlet creates a unique opportunity for participatory learning through active learning techniques based on collaboration and peer learning.
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Tools in Piloting Phase at UBC

by Manuel Dias on April 10, 2017
There are different tools currently being piloted at UBC. For more information, visit the LT Hub website.
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edX Peer Instruction

by Manuel Dias on April 7, 2017
This Peer Instruction tool was developed by CTLT to improve critical thinking skills and enhance self and peer learning. It is available as an advanced component on edX and edX/Edge. Overview Over the last 20 years, Peer Instruction has become a widely-adopted instructional technique across higher education. It is the cornerstone of a range of approaches […]
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The edX/Edge LTI Tool Provider to Connect

by Manuel Dias on April 19, 2016

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Augmented Reality Layer

by saeedd on December 3, 2015
In order to view the Augmented Reality layer, you need to download the app on your mobile device from this URL: https://www.layar.com/mobile-download/ Using the app, scan the poster and AR layer will appear on your mobile screen. The objective of creating this basic demo was to show a proof of concept for interactive posters using […]
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CLAS – May 6, 2015

by Manuel Dias on May 12, 2015
Angela Lam presented a Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) implemented at the Faculty of Education. Overview/Features/Ideas for using CLAS and Documentation can be found here: http://isit.arts.ubc.ca/clas/ Accessing & Demo CLAS http://clas.ubc.ca For general questions regarding CLAS, contact arts.helpdesk@ubc.ca
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Achievements on Blackboard Learn

by Manuel Dias on April 10, 2015
Achievements is a badging system available on Blackboard Learn, which allows the instructor to issue badges or certificates to students after the completion of required steps (criteria). Students can see in advance what is required of them to receive a badge. The badge is delivered automatically by the system once the last required step is completed. Three […]
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Evaluate Plug-in for WordPress

by Manuel Dias on February 4, 2015
The Evaluate Plug-in allows users to vote or rate content on WordPress, or create polls using Metrics. A Metric can be used to evaluate one or several elements of content (pages, posts, pulses, etc.): Different kinds of metrics are available, One-way Voting (Thumbs-Up!), Two-way Voting, Range (5-star rating) and Poll: Please note that only registered […]
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The Lightboard

by Manuel Dias on January 29, 2015
Lightboard Presenter: Farnaz Badiee UBC Lightboard website: http://ctlt-lightboard.sites.olt.ubc.ca/ DIY Lightboard guidelines: http://diy.open.ubc.ca/toolkit-landing-page/ http://ctlt.ubc.ca/2014/10/15/ubc-lightboards-light-up-the-classroom/ Few Tips: – prepare a script for each video. The UBC Studios offer free consultation in this regard. – prepare good PowerPoint slides with quality images.
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Office MIX

by Manuel Dias on January 29, 2015
Office Mix Presenters: Jim Federico and Kurt Berglund Office Mix’s goal is to democratize the authoring and sharing of interactive online presentations. It does so by starting with the familiarity of PowerPoint and then extending PowerPoint with a free add-in that adds powerful features such as A-V narration and screen recording, slide annotations with real-time […]
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