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.
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