We know there is a lot of information to absorb when you are first beginning as a distance student in the School of Nursing. Just a handy hint, if you are having difficulty accessing information, you might find it at the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s ‘Your Guide to Distance Education – Learners’. There are also useful links provided to some important information to prepare you for online learning. If all else fails, contact the School of Nursing.
At UBC the online courses are delivered using WebCT. This is a course management system that allows you to access course materials, information about the course and the means to communicate with your classmates and instructors. After you have registered in your course you will access the course online using your Campus Wide Login (CWL) at the UBC eLearning site. You may have questions about what type of computer you will need or how to set up your computer for the course as well as other information about getting started as a distance student. This information is available in several places including the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s ‘Your Guide to Distance Education – Learners’ website or the UBC eLearning website.
Much of the required information is also compiled for you through the links provided.
Email, Dial-up, Web Hosting and more...
ITServices offers e-mail accounts, dial-up internet access and Web hosting to UBC students, faculty, staff and the community via its Netinfo and Interchange services. To access the internet, go to: https://web.interchange.ubc.ca
Creating a Campus-Wide Login
The CWL self-subscription allows you - as a student, to create a login and password. You will need your student number and PIN. Your affiliation determines what channels you can see in the myUBC portal. To setup your login, please visit http://cwl.ubc.ca.
Having trouble getting things setup? As a distance learning student, there a number of information and technical assistance resources at your disposal. For more information please visit the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology website.
Accessing Your Courses
You will automatically have access to your WebCT courses at UBC once you have added them at the Student Services Centre. Once they are added, there are two ways to login to your courses:
Getting Ready for Online Learning Using
WebCT is UBC's online course management system and includes course tools such as discussions and chats to allow greater interaction with other members of your course making your individual experience part of a collective learning experience. To get started, please be sure to visit the following links:
Using WebCT's Course Tools
Online documentation is readily available for becoming familiar with WebCT's collection of course tools. From general guides and overviews to details regarding communication, quiz, and assignment tools, please see the WebCT Documentation.
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Live Classroom allows you to participate in live online classes, office hours, guest lectures, and meetings in a rich, interactive environment. For more information please visit the eLearning website or the Live Classroom homepage.
Course Materials for Distance Learning
You will need to order all required materials through the UBC bookstore. DE&T will deliver any required media on loan to you (this includes CD's, audiotapes, and some readings). You can view the course material requirements for your course by checking the course outline for your particular course.
Getting a UBC Card
The UBCcard is the official University of British Columbia identification card for registered students and may be obtained from the Carding Office located within the UBC Bookstore at 6200 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC. For more info, go to: http://www.ubccard.ubc.ca/
Connecting to the UBC Library from home
UBC students, faculty and staff can access licensed Library resources including EJournals, Electronic Indexes & Databases, and other resources from off-campus computers. For more information please visit http://www.library.ubc.ca
Library and information services are provided to registered UBC students who are taking credit courses through UBC's Office of Learning Technology. The holdings of the Extension Library consist mostly of recommended readings for Office of Learning Technology courses. Extension Library holdings are listed in the Library's online catalogue, as are the holdings of other libraries in the UBC system. All these collections are available for your use here.