Online Learning FAQ

UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies offers three types of delivery formats that include online learning components: Blended, Live Online and Online. 

Delivery Formats

UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies offers 3 different delivery styles to fit your learning needs. Some courses are taught in multiple formats while others are delivered in one format only.

Delivery Scheduled Classes Location Features & Benefits


Yes On campus & Online  Learn in the classroom through in-person interaction with instructors and classmates and through self-paced online instruction. Blended learning combines all the benefits of the in-person classroom experience and allows for easy access to learning materials increasing the flexibility to learn at your own pace.
Live Online

Online Teaching
Yes Online Learn through online classroom-style interaction with instructors and classmates in real time from anywhere in the world.  Live Online creates a learning environment in which you collaborate and engage in live Q&A, webinars, and discussion forums.

No Online Learn independently when it’s convenient for you, while having the flexibility to collaborate with your classmates.  Online coaching is available from our experienced industry professionals through virtual office hours and optional webinars to help assist you with course materials, assignments, and projects. 

How do I get started in my course?
If you are enrolled in any type of online course, you will receive an email before or on the day your course starts with instructions on how to login to the course. The first time you log in you will be asked to create a new password, using the password reset feature.  UBC will never ask you for this password.

What technology is required?
You are required to have a PC or Mac computer or tablet installed with a reliable internet connection and an up-to-date browser.  

For Live Online courses, it is beneficial to have a microphone and webcam but you can participate using the chat feature if that’s all you have. You need to ensure your microphone and camera permissions are set to allow access to the online learning management platforms.

How will I communicate with my online educators?
Depending on the course, you may communicate by email, online discussion, or chat sessions, as well as occasional phone calls.

Are there opportunities to collaborate with other students in the online program?
Yes, the courses provide opportunities for group discussion and team projects.

What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Zoom?
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Zoom are real-time video conferencing and collaboration tools used to support Live Online programs. These tools allow you to share applications, use a virtual whiteboard, add files and have breakout group discussions and exchanges.

What is Moodle?
Moodle is the learning management platform used to support the Online programs. It provides information on orientation, schedules, grades, and instructor contact details, as well as the course curriculum and learning resources.

Learn about the CBS online student experience and how it works.


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