Documentation:Learning Technologies at UBC

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Organization of the session

Introductions and explanation of the agenda

(the handouts and cards(?) are distributed at the door or left on the chairs before the beginning of the session (1-3 min)

Clicker Question

What would you like your students primarily to do online? Select from the following options:

1. Create content

2. Collaborate (share work and results)

3. Interact (communicate)

4. Do assignments, including tests and quizzes (3 min)

Based on the responses using clicker, ask people to pair with someone whose primary usage of the Web is the same. Pairing could be done using colour cards. Pairs discuss their choice and use the handout with listed tools to select all the tools they would use to enable that activity. (5 min) Ask those that selected "Create content" to name the first choice using clicker. Continue with the other three interactions. Clicker question is on the slide. The results are displayed for everyone. The facilitators will rank the tools (or only the most preferred one in each category), noting that down. The next section about the tools will be organized in the order of the most preferred tool in total.

The whole activity from using clickers to identifying the preferred tools should last 20 minutes.

Presentation of tools

Based on the responses, the facilitators will start with the most "favourite" tool, not necessarily in the order as listed here

Learning Management System(5 min)

On the slide: Description/explanation + Purpose/functions + examples

Description: The learning management system is a software application that automates the administration, tracking, and reporting of training events. According to Elis (2009) A robust LMS should be able to do the following: centralize and automate administration

WebCT Vista/Blackboard Learn UBC: Online Learning Management System (LMS) that allows faculty, staff and students to login from anywhere to access you class materials and to interact with one another.

  • Support the continued demand for online and blended learning
  • Provide tool flexibility and enhancements to meet teaching expectations and technology
  • Provide a robust system that is scalable and reliable

Purpose: It is created as a teaching and learning environment and it has most of the tools necessary for that to happen, such as discussion forums, assignment dropbox, email system, calendar, grade book... There are open source and proprietary LMS. For instance Moodle, Sakai are open source and Blackboard (WebCT Vista), or Desire2Learn (D2L) are proprietary. There are pros and cons of using both...

Examples: Open a course created in LMS (Vista) and show briefly the variation of tools and functions, or use screenshots to do the same.

Blogs(5 min)

Description: A weblog, or "blog", is really a webspace on the Web. Weblogs cover as many different topics, and express as many opinions, as there are people writing them. Some blogs are highly influential, some have enormous readership, some are university course websites, while others are mainly intended for a close circle of family and friends.

The UBC Blog Service: UBC Blogs is a weblogging environment designed to provide individual or group webspace, for instructors and students. It can be used to build a course website, allow group authoring on a blog, provide peer review of authored content (editing with comments), provide class webspace development (adding annotated links/building a shared resource for the class), and provide a personal portfolio for students, faculty and staff (upload media-slides, video, images of your artwork).

  • In one year: Over 7000 users and over 5000 Blogs


  • Build course websites (Add example of course website--maybe the new arts re-design
  • Content Creation: Develop posts to share student create content: video, podcasts, images
  • Allow group authoring on the blog
  • Provide peer review of authored content (editing with comments)
  • Enhance Interaction Between Students: A form for online discussion, a form for discussing assignments
  • Share online resources: Teacher shares resources through the blog, students share resources with the class
  • Provide a space for student lead projects and groups
  • Personal publication
  • Backchannels to increase classroom interaction (Could add a mini pulse press demo here)


Wikis(5 min)

Description: A wiki is a tool that supports collaborative authoring in a web-based environment. A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages, using a simplified markup language (wikitext) or a WYSIWYG text editor, within the browser...Most wikis serve a specific purpose, and off topic material is promptly removed by the user community. Such is the case of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia. In contrast, open purpose wikis accept all sorts of content without rigid rules as to how the content should be organized. Wikipedia

UBC Wiki Service: An installation of the Media-Wiki platform. Provides a wiki space that can be easily used by the UBC Teaching and Learning Community. Can sign with a campus-wide login. UB Blogs went Live July 2009. After one year:

  • 3,434 Registered Users
  • 393 People have edited the wiki in the last month
  • 3,838,000+ Page Views


  • Student Collaboration: Assignments, groups, class, research projects
  • Student Content Creation: Publishing and sharing content
  • A Class Site: Information, contributions
  • Collaborative writing


ePortfolio (5 min)

An e-portfolio is a digitized collection of artifacts including demonstrations, resources, and accomplishments that represent an individual, group or institution. Lorenzo & Ittelson (2005)

Purpose: ePortfolios are used across the campus for a number of purposes.

  • Assessment/Evaluation: Assess students meeting course/program standard/competencies, Authentically assess student performance
  • Reflective Journaling: Space for reflective journaling
  • Life-long Learning: A space where students can continue to reflect on the topic after program completion
  • Student Interaction: A space where students can share and have discussions with their classmates


What about Web-based Tools?

  • FIPA/FOIPOP: What does it all mean?