Set books and journal articles form a major part of the course content, but the web is used for
teaching and presentation as well. The main use, however, is for the course discussions.
Students are required to have a machine which supports sound, as many of the web pages are
annotated with audio clips.
Occasional videoconference discussions between UBC and Monterrey are an additional
medium of communication for those students who are based at these institutions.
One of the courses, "Selecting and using technologies for distributed learning" uses the web
plus a CD ROM to enable participants to analyze and apply criteria for selecting and using
The program draws heavily on the extensive experience of the course team as well as the
research literature in the field. Tutors are supplied from the course team, but adjunct faculty
around the world are also used. Twenty students are assigned to each tutor.
There are two main streams of enrolment in these courses, one for certificate credit and one
destined for graduate credit. Participants have a choice of fully participating as a regular
student or as an audit student in both streams of enrollment. Participants who earn a minimum
final grade of 60% in each of the five courses will be awarded a UBC graduate "Certificate in
Technology based Distributed Learning. However, participants may also enroll in a single
course without the intention of completing all five. Following academic approval from the
Faculty of Education, participants who qualify for entry as a graduate student for UBC s
Faculty of Education may also apply credit from these courses towards the Faculty s Masters
The tuition fee per course is $695 (Canadian), however the complete cost with text books,
delivery and taxes is between $850 and $900 (Canadian), depending on location.
The courses have fixed start and finish dates, and each lasts for 13 weeks. The full program
can be completed in 2 years and 4 months.