ACJ Versus

Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) is based on the law of comparative judgement conceived by L. L. Thurstone in 1927 as a method for psychological measurements. First used for psychological measurements, today it offers an alternative to marking, especially for performance assessments for which achievement can be difficult to describe in mark schemes and for those where inter-marker reliability is often a problem. This application is based on an updated 2012 paper which details ACJ’s method and history. Students answer questions asked by instructors or other students and are then able to compare and judge the given answers. From these judgements a score for each answer is calculated according to ACJ’s methods.

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CTLT WordPress Plug-ins

UBC’s open web publishing framework consists of loosely coupled web applications, using WordPress as a core foundation. The Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) proudly contributes back to the WordPress community and its plugins have been downloaded over 200,000 times.

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Enhanced LTI Building Block

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. View link


ErmineJ performs analyses of gene sets in expression microarray data. A typical goal is to determine whether particular biological pathways are “doing something interesting” in the data. The software is designed to be used by biologists with little or no informatics background. A command-line interface is available for users who wish to script the use of ermineJ. It is licensed under a Apache 2.0 free software license.

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Field Press

FieldPress is a WordPress plugin that allows instructors to create and manage field trips online. This plugin provides instructors with a user-friendly environment to build field trips, add multi-media content, create assessments and manage students and other users. –


Group building block for Blackboard Learn 9

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iPeer is an open source web application that allows instructors to develop and deliver rubric-based peer evaluations, to review and release student comments and scoring. Instructors can analyze evaluation results and provide students with grades and feedback for their group performance. View site

Library Hours and Locations Application

A public hours and locations portal and admin application for maintenance of library hours and locations, created by UBC Library Systems & IT.

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Public Knowledge Project

The UBC Library has entered into a major partnership with Public Knowledge Project (PKP), furthering a commitment to the development of scholarly communication software. As a result of this agreement, UBC Library will support and assist PKP’s ongoing development and support of its open source software suite – Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS) and Open Harvester Systems (OHS), and Open Monograph Press (OMP).

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A discussion enhancing micro-blogging WordPress theme. PulsePress extends the popular P2 theme, developed by Automattic, with more theme options.

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SoTL Explorer

SoTL Explorer is a tool that aggregates and visualizes data about Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) projects, and other evaluations projects that are taking place at UBC. Instructors, researchers, and project managers are encouraged to contribute by entering their projects into the database. The motivation to create the tool was threefold:
  • For current project teams: to communicate what they do, identify related projects, and promote transfer of knowledge,
  • For future project teams: to help design their evaluation projects,
  • For high-level administration: to identify trends and patterns in SoTL.
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UBC Blogs

UBC Blogs is a hosted weblogging platform designed to provide free individual or group webspace for the UBC community. UBC Blogs runs on a WordPress Multi-user installation which allows the UBC community to quickly sign up for and customize their own web publishing space. By extension, each member of the community can create as many distinct spaces, such as websites or blogs, as they like and begin experimenting with this space for teaching and learning.

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UBC provides a hosted content management system (CMS) based on the open source WordPress platform. It is easy to use, centrally supported, and free for faculties and units. Offered through a collaboration between the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), the Public Affairs Office, and UBC IT, the goals of this initiative are to provide a centrally-provisioned service to enable the creation of UBC websites that collectively portray a professional web presence for the university; establish a set of common web technology platforms to enable integration of web services, and to support the producers and maintainers of UBC websites by building connections and fostering collaboration between people.

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A community of people working on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects at UBC. Includes a curated directory of UBC organizations and FOSS projects.

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UBC Peer Instruction Tool for EdX

Over the last 20 years, Peer Instruction has become a widely-adopted instructional technique across higher education. It is the cornerstone of a range of approaches that collectively aim to use classroom time (usually lectures) more productively than simply as a vehicle for didactic presentation of content. Such approaches often broadly classified as ‘interactive engagement’ strategies, or — more recently — ‘flipped classroom’ approaches.

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