Nifty Teaching Tools

Note: Some of these tools coloured in the blue colour scheme are third-party applications and may not be compliant with FIPPA regulations. We are only able to provide basic guidance. For a more in-depth tutorial, please refer to the respective websites.

Cloud-Based Servers: We highly recommend instructors to inform students, prior to commencement of class (ideally in the course syllabus or by email), that one of the resources they will be using is located on cloud-based servers. As such, students should be advised and prompted to provide consent to the storage of their personal information (e.g. name and email address, and/or any other fields that must be specified in the instructions) on the system.

If students are concerned about having their personal information stored in the cloud server, then they have the option to use an alias. However, if an alias is used, they must inform the instructor of their alias. Instructor must keep a record of the student’s choice to use a generic ID or alias in a safe and secured local storage.

  • Create a quick and fun session for students to learn in any subject or language, on any device, whether it’s in a classroom, or on-the-go.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Meeting Room Booking System (MRBS) is a simple tool for students to reserve meeting rooms and other resources with their CWL.

  • An integrated web conferencing tool in Canvas that can host an online collaboration session for students. BigBlueButton provides real-time sharing of audio, video, slides, chat, and screen.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Save webpage as a word document is a useful Chrome extension tool to preserve a specific webpage as a word documentation for archival purposes or annotation.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • A WordPress plugin that allows users to create and embed forms into their websites. Create online forms for administration, gathering information or conducting simple surveys and polls.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • iClicker is a classroom response system that increases student engagement in lectures by giving students more opportunities to actively check their understanding of the material and discuss it with classmates.

    Cost: Free (until Dec 2017), FIPPA:

  • Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) is a web-based system that integrates video playback, time based annotation and commenting, recording and media management, all combined into one application.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Enhance learning environments and engage students through customized lecture experience.

    Cost: Free (until Dec 2017), FIPPA:

  • An open source, self-hosted Slack-alternative. Mattermost is secure, workplace messaging from behind your firewall.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Piazza is an online discussion forum designed around a question and answer format that provides a space for students to ask questions about class materials and then respond to each other.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Blogging can be used with students to encourage reflection and collaboration by allowing a simple way to publish and share work online. They can be used to replace paper-based assignments with digital writing activities to encourage greater peer interaction and discussion.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • A collaborative platform that provides a simple way for groups of people to build shared resources and collaboratively edit and refine documents.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • A web-based platform that allows students to respond to a variety of question types with numerical, textual, graphical or algebraic answers through a mobile device.

    Cost: Free (until Dec 2017), FIPPA:

  • Utilize your UBC Blogs site to encourage student interaction in class with real time social media style communications.

    Cost: Free FIPPA:

  • Create and manage peer evaluations for group projects or team based learning. iPeer is an online application that allows instructors to create and manage peer evaluations for group projects or activities.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • PeerScholar is an online peer and self-assessment tool that allows you to set up different types of peer graded assignments in your course(s)—ranging from short answers, research essays, to case evaluations, multimedia projects, etc.

    Cost: , FIPPA:

  • A web-based program that allows instructors to incorporate frequent writing assignments into their courses, regardless of class size, without increasing their grading workload.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Empower students to be proactive in learning with Open Response Assessment.The edX Peer Assessment tool allows students to gain insights to the grading process from an instructors’ perspective, in addition to empowering students to be proactive in their own learning.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • NSync is a plugin in WordPress created as a way to compile posts from various blog sources into one centralized hub. Empower students to contribute to collaborative projects while giving them the opportunity to develop their own personal blogs.

    Cost: Free FIPPA:

  • The peer instruction tool allows student to respond to a question, review other students’ responses, and have the opportunity to revise their original response. Learners can develop critical thinking skills by articulating and reflecting on their response to the assessment.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Studiorum is a WordPress plugin tool on UBC CMS, designed to provide a platform for instructor and peer evaluations. Peers have the opportunity to view other students’ essays and provide constructive feedbacks, and instructors can also provide feedbacks and grades.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • ComPAIR is an online peer review tool that allows students to formulate answers to questions and then compare and assess pairs of their peers’ answers based on criteria provided by the instructor.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • An open annotation platform that allows users to annotate anywhere on the web, organize research notes, hold discussions with others, and share ideas.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • A free scheduling tool that simplifies the process of scheduling any meetings, office hours, and appointments.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Edmodo is like Facebook for the classroom. Connect learners and share resources from across the world with Edmodo. Integrate Google apps and Microsoft office seamlessly!

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Digital annotation tools transform the delivery of your course materials. Video annotations allow for contextual commentaries and conceptual tagging of information.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Digital annotation tools transform the delivery of your course materials. Image annotations allow for contextual commentaries and conceptual tagging of information.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Easily schedule meetings with Calendly. Mark your availability on your calendar to allow others to view and schedule meetings based on your availability.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Create your own free poll online using Doodle. Schedule team meetings and events with a few simple clicks.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Create an online room for classroom discussions and participation. Todaysmeet makes it very easy for collaboration in a team or a class.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Collect ideas and vote with Tricider. Easily ask a question online and have your group members answer or vote. A free scheduling tool that simplifies the process of scheduling any meetings, office hours, and appointments.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Annotate images and videos with Thinglink. Layer content on top of each other such as interactive links to videos or images and make your content come alive.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • A simple mind mapping tool for real time collaboration. Coggle is a easy to use platform that enables you to share information, present and download your mindmap.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Create mindmaps, share with students, and create assignments with Mindmeister. Collaborate with others to brainstorm innovative ideas.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Collaboratively brainstorm and work on projects using the Mindomo mind map tool. Include pictures, videos and text and present your ideas.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Construct and share a variety of mind maps or concept maps through Cmaps intuitive software program.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • “Padlet is like paper for your screen”. Padlet allows you to work collaboratively online using multimedia such as links, videos and other multimedia content to share with the world and generate discussions

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • A team oriented messaging application with integrated tools and add-ons. Slack puts all of your team communication in one place, allows you to spend less time in meetings and reduce emails.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and group video calls for free. Connect with educators and students around the world through your phone, laptop, or tablet.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Stay connected wherever you go – start or join a 50-person meeting with clear, face-to-face video, high quality screen sharing, and instant messaging – for free!

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Tiki-Toki is a web-based timeline maker that makes it easy to create interactive multimedia timelines in your browsers. Embed images, text and even videos (YouTube, Vimeo and MP4s) into your timeline.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • HSTRY is a digital learning tool which can create interactive timelines. HSTRY’s intuitive design makes it easy to create engaging projects to share in the classroom and beyond.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Combine maps and timelines to create an interactive experience while capturing history, a biography, or an interesting topic. Share unique stories online!

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Create polls and collect real time responses through sms. See the responses live on the website or embedded in your powerpoint.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • An open-source tool that allows user to tell a story with a visually interactive and engaging timeline.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Plickers collect real time assessment responses without the need for student devices. Simply give each student a card and scan the responses using your phone.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Digital annotation tools transform the delivery of your course materials. Text annotations allow for contextual commentaries and conceptual tagging of information.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Prezi’s cloud based presentation software combines the freedom of an open canvas with spatial dimension and motion allowing you to create engaging presentations.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Sway makes it quick and easy to create and share polished interactive reports, presentations, and personal stories. Available as an app or through their website.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • A software that turns 2D data into high resolution 3D meshes, which can be used for design and engineering workflows. It is a much more simplified way of creating and editing 3D models.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums with Google Street View. Also create photo spheres to add your own Street View experiences.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • Connect digital content with the real world using Layar. Layar allows you to create interactive print by integrating digital content with print media such as posters, cards, and flyers.

    Cost: , FIPPA:

  • See more with Wikitude. Wikitude’s “computer vision” connects you with the world in a completely new way. Experience augmented reality content and more by simply scanning the things you see.

    Cost: , FIPPA:

  • Create a quick and easy interactive timeline visually. TimeLineCurator allows user to input freeform texts to generate a timeline, along with the option to curate interactive events.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • With a seemingly boring piece of cardboard, turn your phone into a state of the art virtual reality headset. Google Cardboard is a simple and affordable way in which users can interact with virtual environments.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA:

  • An integrative conference tool that combines instant-messaging and video chat services, along with a scheduling and collaboration tools into one comprehensive application.

    Cost: Free, FIPPA: