UBC Extended Learning has been offering courses online for more than 20 years. We offer our online courses in a variety of formats to suit your schedule and provide the best learning outcomes. Please read the course or program description for details on the learning format.
You access your course through a learning management system, also known as an LMS, such as Canvas, Catalog or Learn.ExL. When you register for a course, you’ll receive instructions on setting up an account, and accessing your course.
Online courses are taught using one of these formats Please check your course description for more details.
Live Online Lectures offer real-time lectures in a virtual classroom on scheduled dates and times. Courses may include additional resources such as readings and audiovisual materials.
Self-Paced courses are typically completed on your own time and at your own pace. Access course materials anytime, and complete work independently. Some courses include moderated peer discussion forums. You can enrol and instantly access your course, which remains open for an extended period.
Instructor Supported with Real-time Classes include live, scheduled classes or office hours facilitated by an instructor. Courses have specified start and end dates, and you progress through the course with a group of classmates. Your instructor grades and provides feedback on assignments and projects, and assists with your progress in a moderated discussion forum.
Instructor Supported courses have start and end dates, and you progress through the course with a group of classmates. Course modules are released on specific days (e.g. every Monday), and assignment due dates are specified. Your instructor provides feedback on assignments and facilitates the moderated discussion forum. There are no real-time online classes.
Blended courses offer a mix of in-person, instructor-facilitated classes combined with online modules facilitated by course moderators that might include readings, videos, exercises and discussion posts.
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