Whether you are new-to-UBCO or a returning student, the idea of learning remotely may seem daunting. Indeed, one of the most intimidating aspects are the technological issues that arise. That’s okay—these are normal feelings! There are supports available to help you along the way.
Bring all your technology-related questions to your peer technology assistant
Learn more about Collaborate Ultra, Proctorio, and remote workstation access
Do you have technology-related questions? Are you having difficulty accessing and using UBC software and programs for online learning? Do you have questions about what technology is available to students?
Your Peer Technology Assistant (PTA) is here to help you with various learning technologies. Your PTA is part of the Student Learning Hub team and can support you with:
- technical assistance
- Canvas and other UBC learning technologies
- access to UBC programs and software
- troubleshooting software issues
- information about online learning resources available to you
Exam Technology Workshops
Term S1: Tuesday, June 8, 5:00pm PT
Term S2: Tuesday, Aug 10, 5:00pm PT
Topics will include:
- Optimizing computer hardware & operating system for exams
- Setting up & using exam technologies (Respondus LockDown Browser & Zoom)
- Preventative & general troubleshooting for exam technologies
- Resources & learning software offered by UBC
- Student FAQs & discussion period—bring your questions!
Student technology discounts
This fall, numerous suppliers have established discounts for students to access affordable technology for remote learning:
Do you need access to a printer?
A limited number of printers are available on campus for student use. Find out how to print and which printers are available:
Do you need access to a laptop?
The UBC Okanagan Library has a limited number of laptops available for loan. Find out more and see what is available:
Some of the common learning tools that your professors will use this semester will be Canvas, Collaborate Ultra, and Proctorio. Below are some student user guides, tips, and FAQ to help you prepare for learning online!
Exam Prep Canvas Course
The Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) has launched a new self-enrol course for students to practice taking different types of online exams and gain confidence using the various technologies. The CLC’s Exam Prep Canvas Course is available to all students.
Once enrolled, you can practice different quiz and assignment types, including Proctorio, Lockdown Browser, Webwork, and more, to feel comfortable with online exam technology. CLC Online Assistants are available by email to help with pre-exam tech checks and troubleshooting.
You can self-enrol in this course here.
Basics of Canvas
Learning about all the different technologies you’ll be using this year can feel overwhelming. That’s why you should always start with the basics. The nice thing is the basics of Canvas take less than two minutes. Feeling less overwhelmed already? Good! Now check out this introduction to Canvas, made for you by your peers here at UBC Okanagan.
If you are a returning UBCO student, then you may already have some experience using Collaborate Ultra. If you are new-to-UBCO, then this may be new for you! Collaborate Ultra is a video conferencing tool used by many instructors to teach virtual class sessions or to hold office hours.
Respondus LockDown Browser
LockDown Browser is a custom browser used during a testing environment. It prevents you from copying, printing, accessing other applications or visiting websites while taking a test or exam.
Alibaba Global Accelerator
For students residing in China experiencing issues connecting to UBC’s online learning resources, the new Alibaba Global Accelerator service may help. The level of connectivity improvement may vary, as connection speed also depend on other factors, such as hardware and home internet connection.
Remote workstation access
In an effort to support remote teaching and learning, UBC has implemented technology that provides students with remote access to public workstations and specific labs pre-configured with computer software required to complete course work.
- Use MS Teams and OneDrive (see below) to work collaboratively on assignments with classmates in different time zones.
- Add clocks to your phone or computer from the time zones of peers you usually collaborate with.
- If you are in the same class, Collaborate Ultra has a course room that is open 24/7! Join the room whenever you want to study for upcoming tests.
- Get a free Zoom account. Free accounts allow 40 minute long calls so that you can explain concepts to your peers using the video, audio, and whiteboard features!
- Attend events, such as workshops and drop-in sessions, and Supplemental Learning study sessions offered by the Student Learning Hub. If you are new-to-UBCO, this is a great way to meet other students in your classes!
- Start a Discussion on Canvas to chat with your peers about a topic from class.
MS Teams and OneDrive
MS Teams and OneDrive are new collaboration tools available to UBC Okanagan students. Real-time collaboration in MS Word, excel, PowerPoint are available in MS Teams, as well as video conferencing and chat services. With OneDrive, students have access to secure encryption, 1TB of storage and the ability to access files anywhere from any device.
Back-to-school: HOME edition
While intimidating, remote learning surely has some positives. First, you can wear pajamas to every class, judgement free. Second, anytime is self-care time—try a face mask while studying, but remember to take it off before your next Zoom. And third, no waiting in line at the bookstore or Timmies (sadly, this also means no double-doubles, but you get the point). So, apart from facemasks and pajamas, what else can you do to improve your focus and switch out of “Netflix mode” and into “school mode” while learning from home? Well, you can start by getting some tips to help you prep for a successful term.
- A computer/laptop equipped with:
- Intel i3 or AMD Ryzen 3 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- Windows 10 or Mac 10.13 operating system
- Stable internet connection
- Headphones and a microphone (external or computer)
- Video camera (external or computer)