Wise Courses For SLAIS: The iSchool at UBC Students
Web-based Information Science Education
- Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) is a unique
and groundbreaking opportunity.
- Leading schools in the information field have gone outside
the classroom to extend their reach to broaden the educational
opportunities for students. The WISE consortium uses advanced
technology as a means to enrich one’s education and foster
relationships among students, faculty and universities.
- The vision
of this initiative is to provide a collaborative, cost-effective
distance education model that will increase quality, access,
and diversity of online education opportunities in Library
and Information Science.
- Students have the opportunity to access distance education courses
through WISE member schools that have met quality bar in on-line
education. WISE students have access to ten times the amount of
special topics and electives as compared to non-WISE schools.
- For example, a student interested in digital libraries may access
expertise from a wider base of faculty and research than may be
normally available within their home school. A professional who
is working on their degree will have greater flexibility in scheduling
and have a multitude of options when considering specialized topics.
- The WISE student will have the ability to select from a wide
array of online courses, regardless of their location, and take
courses with faculty who are highly regarded in their area of expertise.
- WISE member schools have met a bar of providing high quality
education in information science and are committed to furthering
distance education excellence through collaboration.
- Charles Sturt University
- Long Island University
- Rutgers University
- San Jose State University
- Simmons College
- Syracuse University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of North Carolina
- University of North Texas
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Western Ontario
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Victoria University of Wellington
- Please remember than only 3-5 spaces in total are available
in each course for WISE students in all of the
participating institutions. There is no guarantee that there
will be space for you in any of these courses.
- All LIBR courses have the four MLIS
Core Courses as required pre-requisites: LIBR
500, LIBR 501, LIBR 502 & LIBR
503 . Other required pre-requisites are noted in the individual
course descriptions.for students in the stand-alone MLIS and Dual programs. For students in the stand-alone MAS program the eight MAS Core Courses are required pre-requisites.
- All SLAIS students are eligible to take relevant WISE courses. MAS students - see below for information on taking a WISE course. MACL, CAS and Ph.D. students should consult with their advisers before requesting spaces in WISE courses.
- Students who wish to take one of the available courses will
be registered in LIBR
- Students may take a maximum of two WISE courses 
as part of their SLAIS program
- Student must agree to the course parameters of the host institution
including course management tools, grading, and dates of term
- Student must have access to technology necessary for completion
- Student must have the technical knowledge to complete course
- Marks given by the program offering the course will be converted
to UBC marks using only the WISE
Marking Matrix. This is the only source that will be used for converting marks from the home institution for a course into equivalent UBC marks.
If you are in the MAS program and wish to take a WISE course, before your request
to WISE to take a course can be processed you must first complete
the Request for Credit for External Courses Form available on the SLAIS Forms & Resources for Students page.
It must be signed by your MAS adviser as well by Rick Kopak as SLAIS
Graduate Adviser before the WISE registration process can take place.
Instructions on how to request a space in WISE courses are given
on the page specific to a given term [see links below]
Please look at the lists of WISE courses using the links below