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Faculty of Arts Online Teaching Resources

Beginning May 2011, the UBC Faculty of Arts will provide all courses with an online course presence through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or Learning Management System (LMS). As the LMS currently supported by UBC, WebCT Vista will be the primary delivery platform.

The goal of this project is to take advantage of existing technological affordances to offer students and instructors alike a richer learning environment by enhancing existing course offerings.

As part of this initiative, instructor resources will be embedded directly into each course shell, enabling instructor direct and easy access to LMS documentation. In addition, resources will be hosted on the UBC wiki, and then embedded into the WebCT Vista platform, in order to facilitate the delivery of up-to-date resources and materials. By centralizing source content on the UBC wiki, the Faculty of Arts is able to deliver content to all courses without needing to manually update each course.

The project will be led and managed by the Faculty of Arts in consultation with its campus partners (CTLT, The Library).

The online teaching resources have been organized into two tiers.

Tier 1 Instructor Resources

Tier 1 resources provide instructions on the basic functionality of the WebCT Vista LMS. They include documentation on using the following tools:




Files/Content Collection


Convert Files to a PDF on Windows

Tier 2 Instructor Resources

Tier 2 resources provide instructions on more advanced functionality of the WebCT Vista LMS. They include documentation on using the following tools:

Communication / Collaboration

Voice Board

Email (Available only in Connect)



Assess Student Learning



Gradebook/Grade Centre

Staying Organized

Learning Modules


Adaptive/Selective Release


Course Management

Homepage Customization

Student Tracking


Using iClickers

Using Turnitin

Wimba Voice Email