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Scholarships and Financial Assistance Opportunities

UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies has several scholarship opportunities for new or current students. You may be eligible for a $500 - $1250 scholarship, in course-fee credit. Read more for details and eligibility.

About Online Learning

When taking a UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies online course, you benefit from university-level curriculum designed and developed by UBC online educators and subject matter experts in Canada and beyond.

Regardless of the online course or program you choose, you are not learning alone. You complete your studies with fellow students and the support of online educators.

Your online curriculum, which may consist of lectures, videos, case studies, resource lists, research papers, and other materials, is delivered through an online learning management system called Moodle. The learning management system presents interactive learning activities and up-to-date content in a secure learning environment that you access through your Internet browser.

Online Virtual delivery means that courses are delivered in a combined virtual (synchronous) and online (asynchronous) learning formats. This includes live virtual, synchronous learning that happens via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a real-time video conferencing and collaboration tool that lets you add files, share applications, use a virtual whiteboard, as well as have breakout group discussion and exchanges. Virtual delivery happens in real-time with your instructor online at a pre-scheduled class time that can often run between 9am – 5pm or 6:30 – 9:30pm depending what is scheduled for your classes. There will also be components of an online delivery (asynchronous learning) with course content, activities and assessment (if applicable), similar to the 100% online format, delivered via Moodle.

100% Online delivery is mainly asynchronous learning meaning most of the work is done independently and not based on a set schedule, although in some courses you will have group work for assignments that is scheduled between you and your teammates via a collaboration software of your choice. Your online curriculum, may consist of written & video lectures, case studies, interactive elements, resource lists, research papers, and other materials, all delivered through an online learning management system called Moodle. These classes are guided by an online instructor who is essentially your online coach. They are there to engage you in the learning, provide feedback on your assignments/projects and communicate via the discussion forums, email and sometimes live webinars or office hours (virtual) sessions throughout the course’s duration. Live webinars are not mandatory in the 100% online delivery and you can watch the recording later if you can not be online at the set time.

Blended delivery combines in class sessions (synchronous learning) with online (asynchronous) learning. In person classes happen at a determined location (i.e. UBC Robson Square or Point Grey campuses) with pre-scheduled class times that can often run between 9am – 5pm or 6:30 – 9:30pm, on weekdays or weekends, depending what is scheduled for your classes. There will also be components of an online delivery with course content, activities and assessment (if applicable), similar to the 100% online format, delivered via Moodle. Some blended courses may include live webinars which are optional to attend and you can watch the recording later, if you can not be online at the set time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Will I have an instructor or an online resource person who will provide support throughout my course?

Online educators are involved in the delivery of our online courses. Different program units may have different names for their online educators depending on the role they fulfill within their course; they could be referred to as online instructors, online tutors, online facilitators, instructional assistants or mentors. Whatever their title, they are professionals experienced in online adult education who are responsible for instruction or guidance through email communications as well as online discussions, assignments, and projects to make sure that you get the most out of your online learning experience.

Are there scheduled times I need to be online?

Your online coursework can take place at any time of day or night. You can choose the study times that work best for you since the learning management system you will be using is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For courses with assignments and projects, you will receive advance notice of due dates so you can plan your study times accordingly. Some courses have specific online components that require you to log in at particular times.

How will I communicate with Online Educators?

Depending on your online course, you may communicate in a variety of ways, including email, online discussion or chat sessions, as well as occasional phone calls.

How am I graded?

Some online courses and programs may be graded. Please check with the program unit responsible for your course for information on whether it includes grading. If it does, your coursework  may be evaluated by a number of assessment tools, including assignments, projects, or exams with scheduled due dates.

When can I start my online course?

Each online course has a specific start and end date. Before or on the day your online course starts, we will send you an email message providing you with a link to access the online course, as well as a username and password to log in to the course. The first time you log in to the course, the learning management system will prompt you to choose a new password. A password reset feature is available through the learning management system. UBC will never ask you for this password.

What is Moodle?

Moodle is the learning management systems that we use in our courses to support your online learning efforts. It provides information on orientation, schedules, grades, and instructor contact details, as well as learning resources and overviews of course curriculum. Your course will be supported by Moodle.

If you are having problems logging into the learning management system, please contact us.

How many hours per week do I need to set aside for coursework?

The typical number of hours of coursework each week varies depending on the course or program and is outlined in the description of your course. Please check with the program unit responsible for your course if you would like more details. Some courses require up to 10 hours per week to read course content and participate in online discussions. Additional time may be required to complete assignments and projects.

Is there a difference in fees for international students taking an online course or program?

No, at the present time all students pay the same tuition fee.

Besides the course or program tuition fees, are there any other fees that I need to pay?

Some courses require additional materials outside of the online content, such as a textbook. Any materials required will be outlined in the course description. 

Do I need to purchase books for my course?

Some online courses do require that you purchase books or supplementary materials. This will be noted in the course description.

If I am interested in distance/online learning for undergraduate and graduate credits programs at UBC, where would I find information?

Information about UBC’s distance learning programs can be found at distancelearning.ubc.ca.

What is the difference between 100% online delivery and virtual online delivery learning formats?

100% Online delivery is mainly asynchronous learning meaning most of the work is done independently and not based on a set schedule, although in some courses you will have group work for assignments that is scheduled between you and your teammates via a collaboration software of your choice. Your online curriculum, may consist of written & video lectures, case studies, interactive elements, resource lists, research papers, and other materials, all delivered through an online learning management system called Moodle. These classes are guided by an online instructor who is essentially your online coach. They are there to engage you in the learning, provide feedback on your assignments/projects and communicate via the discussion forums, email and sometimes live webinars or office hours (virtual) sessions throughout the course’s duration. Live webinars are not mandatory in the 100% online delivery and you can watch the recording later if you can not be online at the set time.

Virtual Online delivery means that courses are delivered in a combined virtual (synchronous) and online (asynchronous) learning formats. This includes live virtual, synchronous learning that happens via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a real-time video conferencing and collaboration tool that lets you add files, share applications, use a virtual whiteboard, as well as have breakout group discussion and exchanges. Virtual delivery happens in real-time with your instructor online at a pre-scheduled class time that can often run between 9am-5pm or 6:30-9:30pm depending what is scheduled for your classes. There will also be components of an online delivery (asynchronous learning) with course content and assessment (if applicable), similar to the 100% online format, delivered via Moodle.

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