Learning Spaces

UBC has remote access to public workstations and labs pre-configured with required software.

UBC has implemented technology that provides remote access to public workstations and labs pre-configured with required software and exploring the implementation of computer-based testing facilities (CBTF). While IT is the main support, we can assist faculty with pedagogy around using this technology.

Remote Access to Campus Computer Labs & Software

To support remote teaching and learning, the University of British Columbia has implemented technology that provides faculty, staff and students with remote access to public workstations and specific labs pre-configured with computer software required to complete course work. 


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Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF)

UBC Okanagan is currently exploring the feasibility and next steps in integrating a computer Based Testing Facility (CBTF). The CBTF is a relatively new service provided by the UBC Department of Computer Science to help instructors run secure and equitable digital assessments at a scale. To date, UBC Okanagan piloted an ad-hoc CBTF in four large enrolment courses where the instructor relied on existing lab sections that were scheduled in computer labs across campus, with TAs acting as invigilators. The following are some benefits of a CBTF: 

  • Provides an agnostic learning technology platform for assessment which is not restricted to supporting Canvas/LMS and can work with or without Respondus LockDown Browser (RLB).  
  • Supports inclusive teaching pedagogy by supporting a wide variety of assessment types and formats allowing instructors to take an inclusive and accessible approach to digital assessments without invasive surveillance software. 
  • Helps with academic integrity with a two-tiered invigilation model including both by a TA and when needed, the addition of RLB.   
  • Supports equity in providing students with some flexibility in exam scheduling and as there is no obligation to rely on their own laptops, students with slower machines are not at a disadvantage. 
  • Ensures network stability by providing rooms with enough wall plugs for charging laptops and the expectation of students to bring in their own laptops. 
  • Supports scalable assessment operations per research findings by Zilles et al, over time and with scaling student numbers, the CBTF proves more operationally sustainable. 


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