Past Sessions

Course Showcase: Six Canvas Tools in 60 Minutes – December 5, 2017

The ongoing implementation of Canvas, UBC’s new online learning platform, has created some exciting opportunities for instructors to advance their teaching. Get to know some of these stories of your fellow faculty’s teaching experiences in this collaborative, instructor-led workshop, combined with an afternoon tea. This session will feature six Faculty of Arts instructors, from a range of disciplines, discussing their use of Canvas tools.

  • Silvia Bartolic from the Department of Sociology will explain how the internal Canvas Peer Review tool enabled her to quickly and easily set up and oversee peer assessment assignments in her courses.
  • Mark Turin, of the First Nations and Endangered Languages/ Anthropology department, uses the Canvas Calendar Scheduling Tool to create time slots to organize his office hours, ensuring he is able to meet with all his students.
  • Luisa Canuto, from the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies will demonstrate how utilizing Canvas internal grading tools (SpeedGrader and Gradebook) has made her grading more efficient and helped her provide useful feedback on assignment submissions. 
  • Farah Shroff, working in the interdisciplinary field of Public Health, making her one of the very few instructors teaching courses in both the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Medicine, will speak about how she encourages her students to use Discussions as a space to share their thoughts and questions after each lecture.
  • Jonathan Graves from the Vancouver School of Economics, will share about the Economics department plan to use blueprints across multiple courses to help create a common look and feel. He will also speak about how template options available to instructors ensure efficiency, consistency, automation and professionalism across courses.
  • And Xiaowen Xu of the Department of Asian Studies, has made full use of Canvas Files to organize her course materials and Modules to guide her students to successful learning outcomes. 
The concept behind this unique session is to showcase the adaptability and efficiency of Canvas tools, how these have helped other instructors advance their teaching and how they could benefit your classes.


Key Speakers

bartolicDr. Silvia Bartolic
Department of Sociology


turinDr. Mark Turin
First Nations and Endangered Languages/ Anthropology Department


shroffDr. Farah Shroff
Political Science Department in the Faculty of Arts and School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine


canutoDr. Luisa Canuto
Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies


gravesJonathan Graves
Vancouver School of Economics, UBC


xuDr. Xiaowen Xu
Asian Studies Department


The Effect of Student Generated Multimedia Production in the Classroom and Community – December 5, 2017

This one of a kind session will explore how integrating multimedia production into the development of curriculum materials works to engage students, both in the classroom and beyond, by helping them connect to the community. Through demonstrations of projects by students in the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program (ACAM), participants in this workshop will experience how students were, through the mentorship of faculty and community partners, able to combine their skills, background and interests to explore broad-based creative research forms, leading to the creation of short films, documentaries and other multimedia projects. This workshop will offer a unique insight into how curriculum engagement contributes to the development of students’ learning interests and the skills and knowledge students acquired through participation in community-based multimedia work. Examples will be presented which will demonstrate how the collaborative use of multimedia, including digital animation and virtual reality have contributed to the immersive narratives and short films that students have created.



Dr. Henry Yu
Associate Professor
Department of History


Learn How Using Crowdmark within Canvas or Connect Will Speed Up Your Grading – November 30, 2017

Crowdmark is an innovative, user-friendly web application that uses bulk scanning and a clever identification system to transform cumbersome marking of paper assessments into efficient, online grading. The Crowdmark system allows for multiple forms of feedback and accurate grade recording, as well as for students to access their graded exams and assignments, digitally, saving valuable class time. Its full integration into Connect and coming integration into Canvas, as well as the faculty’s free access, make it simple and convenient to implement into any Arts course. In this instructor-led session, Charles Breton, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science, will share his experiences grading with Crowdmark in his classes, as well as the challenges he faced and tips for best practices he acquired. 

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Dr. Charles Breton
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Political Science


Classroom Response Systems: A Critical Review of Top Hat, Learning Catalytics, iClickers, Kahoot, and Google Forms – August 21, 2017

The use of Classroom Response Systems (CRS) has been shown to promote student engagement in class and the attainment of course learning outcomes. CRS are used to promote learning by prompting all students to answer the professor’s questions, to gauge their understanding, get real-time feedback on their answers, and to stimulate discussion. With multiple CRS available in the Faculty of Arts, instructors who wish to use one for the first time, or are considering alternatives, may benefit from receiving feedback from a colleague who has used many of them and knows their strengths and weaknesses.

Andrew Owen from the Department of Political Science will be presenting a critical review of various systems, covering both pedagogy and logistics.

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Key Speakers


Dr. Andrew Owen
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science