Online learning fOr PrOfessiOnal and PersOnal develOPmentDocument Transcript
Online learning fOr PrOfessiOnal and
take advantage of online continuing education designed with adult learners in mind.
UBC Continuing Studies has been at the forefront of online We invite you to take advantage of our online programs to:
learning for professional and personal development for over • access up-to-date and relevant learning materials
a decade. independent of location, distance and time
We offer a variety of courses and programs for adult • engage in real-time interaction with students
learners in 100% online and blended delivery (combines and instructors
face-to-face and online components). Topics range from
aboriginal health administration, English language teaching • learn from experience with the guidance and
and writing to project management, web analytics and encouragement of your classmates and instructor.
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Our programs use the latest online learning technologies • use multimedia to place learning in the context
and distance education learning theories. For example, and culture in which it occurs
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and create a more enjoyable learning environment than is
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you are not learning alone. Participants support one another
Benefit from a university-level curriculum that has been as they are challenged to carefully consider course concepts,
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matter experts. The curriculum continues to be updated as curriculum may consist of lectures, case studies, resources,
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Program Online Learning Page
Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Blended 57
Academic Writing 100% online 35
Advanced English Language Teaching Blended 43
Business Analysis 100% online 71
Facilitating Online Across Cultures 100% online 47
Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures Blended 48
Integrated Marketing Strategy Blended 70
Intercultural Studies Blended 61
International Development Blended 61
International Graduate Study Preparation Blended 40
Professional Development for Practice Educators and Preceptors 100% online 55
Project Management 100% online 76
Web Analytics 100% online 68
Web Intelligence 100% online 69
Link to detailed web sites for individual programs at cstudies.ubc.ca/online.
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dr. michael seear Instructor, UBC Certificate in International Development
As a pediatric respirologist, Dr Michael Seear’s passion is malnutrition it’s difficult to absorb all of the information
not only helping children at BC Children’s Hospital where simply through hearing it. Online learning enables the
he works, but also assisting children and their families students to read about the topic, analyze the concepts
in developing nations. It is Dr Seear’s interest in global through guided questions and discuss the issues amongst
health issues that led him to develop two online courses in other students and with the instructor,” explains Dr Seear.
international health delivery as part of the UBC Certificate Students are expected to log in to the discussion forums,
in International Development (CID). which are an integral part of CID courses, at least every
The program (p. 61) prepares participants with knowledge of other day. “Participants often have quite a bit of work-
global development issues and the skills to work successfully related or volunteer experience that they bring to the
in international environments as health care practitioners, discussion which really enriches the dialogue,” says Dr
engineers or those affiliated with aid organizations. Seear. “The online forums also give students, who might be
Because the program is delivered almost entirely online, it too reserved to speak out in class, a voice in the discussion.”
enables participants to take courses from a variety of locations, While students in an online course are expected to spend five
both from within Canada and internationally. to seven hours a week studying and in discussion forums,
“The great benefit of online course delivery is that a diverse the instructor often spends much more time interacting
group of students can come together to learn and share their online. For example, Dr Seear logs into the discussion forum
collective experiences,” observes Dr Seear. “In a traditional to answer questions and guide the dialogue several times a
classroom situation, you only get students who are able to day, almost every day of the course. “It takes a very dedicated
travel to the course location on a daily or weekly basis, and instructor to teach an online course because it’s quite
that can impact the diversity of the student population.” demanding of your time. In the online age, participants expect
answers within 24 hours of posting a question,” he says.
Dr Seear also believes that complex concepts are often
better conveyed in an online format rather than through In the end, though, online teaching is a labour of love for
a traditional lecture model. “When you’re learning Dr Seear as it enables him to share his knowledge and passion
about multifaceted topics like world debt, poverty and of international health issues with a broad range of students.
Complex concepts are often better conveyed in an online format.
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