Distance Learning

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology supports Faculties that offer courses and programs to students who prefer alternative (technology-enabled) learning modes, seek scheduling flexibility and/or are unable to come to campus.

These course offerings bridge physical and administrative distances, enabling students to balance their educational, professional and personal lives. Our instructional design, project management and distance education expertise strengthens UBC’s ability to leverage scarce resources to the benefit of on-campus and off-campus learners. Through these efforts, CTLT and its partners help to extend UBC’s campus throughout the province and world, positioning the University as a leader in innovative educational practice in the global community. All courses supported by CTLT carry full credit toward degree programs.

Read our course and student profiles to see what students have to say about their distance education experience.


The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology supports flexible learning through both online and print-based materials. See a list of all courses.
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Learner Support

At the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), we develop and deliver credit courses and professional programs in collaboration with the Faculties and academic departments on campus.

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Instructor Support

Perhaps the greatest appeal of distance education for learners and instructors is the flexibility it offers.

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Course Development & Delivery

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology supports the development of courses and programs that use distance and blended delivery modes.
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Appropriate Use of Technology Policy

Subscribers to the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) courses have certain general responsibilities that they must agree to.
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Help Desk for Online Learners

Distance LearningIf you have any technical questions, please email the CTLT Help Desk at this email address: dl.helpdesk@ubc.ca

In your email, please indicate the following:

  • which course and section you are enrolled in (e.g., PSYC320 98A)
  • your CWL
  • any error message that you have received
  • your computer operating system (e.g., Windows Vista, MAC OSX, etc.)
  • your Internet browser and version number (e.g., Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3, etc.)

Generally, you will receive a response within 24 to 48 hours (or less). For more information, visit the Using the Technology page.