News & Updates

FoE Studio Essentials Course

May 7, 2024

The FoE Studio Essentials is an online asynchronous course designed to support FoE staff and faculty who would like to produce or work in the Faculty of Education Studio. This course navigates learners through the multimedia production process, from setting up the studio to post-production. Designed for individuals of all experience levels and familiarity. More Information & Enrollment

AI Corner: UBC Guidance

May 2, 2024

The AI Corner: UBC GuidanceUBC Advisory Committee for GenAI has released a set of Principles and Guidelines to address key questions around GenAI tools in teaching and learning at UBC. Access the UBC Guidance from the AI Corner section of our website and explore the Principles for Mitigating Risks and Approved Tools for Instructional Use that encourage experimentation and application within the boundaries of ethical and responsible use.

AI Corner: Critical AI Tool Activities

March 12, 2024

Despite the rapid growth of generative AI landscape, many of the initial ethical concerns, such as bias, trust, privacy, copyright, equity, and transparency continue to persist. Taking a critical AI digital literacy approach, we have designed a series of hands-on activities that follow a three-step process: Explore-Reflect-Extend, encouraging meaningful, critical and thoughtful exploration. View Critical AI Tool Activities

Additions to Design Gallery

March 6, 2024

The LDDI Design Gallery features current and emerging strategies and resources that support the shifting teaching and learning landscape. Each highlight includes the context for the integration of a particular technology with demonstration and a brief discussion of its pedagogical pros and cons. Explore the new additions: Zines for Research, Audio Feedback, Literary Annotations and Peer Review of a Video Essay.

AI Corner: Accessibility and AI Tools

January 5, 2024

AI tools are being used more and more for teaching and learning. Before implementing AI tools, it is important to think about the accessibility of these tools, as well as how they can be harnessed for improving the accessibility of course materials and activities. View our guide on Accessibility and AI Tools to examines ways in which AI can be used for enhancing accessibility of courses and digital spaces.

Course AI Readiness Guide

December 19, 2023

The LDDI Course AI Readiness Guide provides considerations for creating guidance on generative AI tools for the courses offered by the Faculty of Education at UBC. Through a set of guiding questions, this guide will be help you craft the AI statement for your course and articulate the parameters within which AI tools may or may not be used in your course. This guide is available on AI Corner with example AI Syllabus Statements.

Pause on the Support of Ally

November 27, 2023

As of Friday, November 24th, the accessibility tool Ally has been disabled in all Canvas course shells and will no longer be available to use. The pilot has recently concluded and the Learning Technology Hub (LT Hub) has decided to pause support of Ally. The tool can no longer be requested to be enabled in any future courses, including 2023W2 courses.

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AI Corner: Tool Updates

November 14, 2023

Explore the new Tool Updates section on AI Corner. We dive into the AI features that are being introduced in some of your commonly used teaching and learning tools. We begin by spotlighting Padlet & Canva!.

Your AI Questions

November 10, 2023

We’ve enjoyed the conversations over the past months and summarized the questions that were raised in our bi-weekly AI Corner Conversation series. Take a look at Your Top Questions.

New Offering of the Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

September 29, 2023

Enrol into the new offering of the Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education MOOC and enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

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FoE Academic Integrity Hub

September 19, 2023

UBC has introduced a diversionary process into the academic misconduct regulation. This diversionary process aims to offer an educative and timely response in cases of misconduct and to divert cases from the disciplinary process (PACSD).

To learn more about the academic integrity definitions, instructional design, and policy and process, explore the FoE Academic Integrity Hub – a Canvas site that is designed to answer your questions.

KIN TA Training

September 8, 2023

On Friday 8th, Learning Design & Digital Innovation (LDDI) offered a special workshop for the School of Kinesiology (KIN) teacher assistants, most of them being incoming Masters students. We focused on exploring features on Canvas (e.g. SpeedGrader, discussion boards, announcements) which are used when leading or facilitating learning. Additional consideration was given to overall effective feedback practices and time management for TAs.

Experience UBC-V: Learn, Pin, Annotate

August 25, 2023

UBC-V: Learn, Pin, Annotate offers insights, stories, memories and reflections about UBC’s Vancouver campus. These are presented in the form of annotations located across a map of campus. You can also create your own annotations and tags. The project is in its pilot phase, using ‘Google My Maps’ as its platform. In future, we intend to develop our own platform with more features and better user experience design. We hope you enjoy this activity and look forward to reading your reflections and experiences.

Decolonization & Indigenous Approaches for Online Courses

August 15, 2023

Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning are meaningful and relevant for every learner and can support success for all learners. To integrate Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies into your course design, LDDI partnered with Dr. Leah Macfadyen to bring you a new resource that speaks to the elements of the 5Rs model, and offers ideas, themes, resources and example activities that you can include in the design of your online courses. Short videos provide insights and suggestions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues engaged in this work.

AI Corner

July 19, 2023

LDDI launches AI Corner – a hub of Artificial Intelligence (AI) focused resources for supporting teaching and learning. As we build our collective understanding of the potential and challenges of AI, we invite you to leverage these resources and connect with us to tailor them to your unique needs.

Hypothesis Pilot

June 30, 2023

UBC is piloting the social annotation and collaboration tool, Hypothesis.

Hypothesis enables students to annotate and tag online readings in Canvas and elsewhere, then share their notes with each other for further discussion. The interactivity can help reading become more active and social. It can also help teaching teams monitor where and how students are engaging (or struggling) with the text.

Hypothesis is available as a Canvas integration until the end of this year. If you are interested in unlocking the potential of Hypothesis in any of your 2023S2 or 2023W1 courses, or for any other projects, please get in touch with us through our LDDI support inbox.

Along with enabling it in your Canvas shell, our expert team of technologists and learning designers will help you reimagine your assignments, craft engaging tutorials, and provide clear instructions for maximizing the power of Hypothesis.
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In-person Workshop for KIN Program

June 20, 2023

LDDI recently offered an in-person workshop on how to use Canvas and UBC Blogs for new students from HPCTL program at the School of Kinesiology.
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AI Syllabus Statement

June 1, 2023

As you develop AI guidelines for your course syllabus, you may find it helpful to review this new resource which includes guidelines and examples: AI Syllabus Statement

FoE Studio Walk-in Tour

March 23, 2023

After the successful Grand Opening of the Faculty of Education (FoE) Studio on March 21st, we’ll continue inviting UBC staff and instructors to come and see the space and learn about its technologies and possibilities
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FoE Studio Grand Opening

March 17, 2023

ETS is proud to announce the grand opening of the Faculty of Education (FoE) Studio. The FoE Studio is a multimedia production space located in the Neville Scarfe Building, Room 1009, next to the ETS office.
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ChatGPT Assignment

March 7, 2023

Looking for ways to use ChatGPT in your classroom? Here is an example assignment designed for a course on Foundations of Educational Technology to develop critical thinking, research, and revision skills.
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Ally Pilot Evaluation

February 15, 2023

As part of the Faculty of Education’s pilot of the accessibility tool Ally, the Learning Technology Hub is conducting a formal pilot evaluation. For this evaluation, we are collecting feedback from FoE instructors and students who used Ally in 2022 W2. The feedback will be summarized in a pilot report for UBC’s Learning Technology Leadership Team and inform their larger decision to support Ally across campus or not.

The Student Evaluation Survey will be announced on Canvas on February 20, 2023.

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New Offering of the Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

January 31, 2023

We’re pleased to announce the new offering of the Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education MOOC.

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The Launch of a New Non-Credit Online Course

January 3, 2023

ETS provided learning design and technical support for the new non-credit 10-week online course: Introduction to the BC K-12 School System and the Professional Standards for Educators. Hosted on Canvas Catalog, this course is designed for individuals who hold teaching credentials issued outside of the province of British Columbia (BC) and who are seeking their Certificate of Qualification in BC (via the BC Ministry of Education and Child Care, Teacher Regulation Branch).

Pilot of the accessibility tool Ally

November 16, 2022

The Faculty of Education is taking part in a pilot of the accessibility tool Ally. All 2022W2 Canvas courses within the faculty will include this tool.

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New Resource on Low-Bandwidth Teaching and Learning

November 14, 2022

With online access to course materials and synchronous sessions, Internet connection issues can negatively impact teaching and learning. Thinking about the bandwidth and immediacy of tools can help in designing accessible courses and adopting teaching practices that can support students with limited Internet access.

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eLearning Student Help & Resources Relaunch

October 18, 2022

ETS is relaunching our eLearning Student Help & Resources Canvas shell. This resource is a current collection of useful online learning resources for students and it is updated regularly. It includes information on accessibility, academic integrity, as well as guides how to use Canvas, LOCR, Web Conferencing, and other tools that are available at UBC.

This resource is linked at the bottom of many Faculty of Education courses already. Instructors can direct students to this resource whenever they need help with completing assignments or using a tool. Students can also explore this resource to become more aware of and confident in using the tools they have at their disposal.

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New Resources for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Designing, Teaching, & Learning

August 4, 2022

ETS is pleased to announce the release of our new set of resources for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in Designing, Teaching, & Learning.

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Call for Letters of Intent for Large TLEF Transformation Project Proposals

July 8, 2022

CTLT released its call to Faculty members at UBC Vancouver for Letters of Intent (LOI) for Large Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) Transformation projects. The 2023/24 Large TLEF funding round is a special call to academic units interested in hybrid and multi-access course redesign projects.

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Padlet Officially Approved to be Used in the Faculty of Education after Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)

April 20, 2022

All tools and technologies that are not officially supported by UBC, need to go through a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) process, before being implemented for teaching and learning and used by students. Educational Technology Support (ETS) recently completed a PIA for Padlet, a tool hosted on Google Cloud.

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Asynchronous Teaching Templates

January 5, 2022

Educational Technology Support (ETS) prepares a suite of asynchronous activity templates that can be deployed in case of instructor illness. The templates are easily modified to align with different course content, and may be used by anyone seeking some new ideas for use in Canvas. Available activity templates include:

  • Padlet Discussion
  • Class Reflection Discussion
  • Colour, Symbol, Image
  • Enlarging Perspectives
  • Question Quote Comment (QQC) Reading Response
  • Create an Infographic

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