Distance Learning

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) 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.

For student inquiries, please contact the Enrolment Services staff at 604-822-9836 or 1-877-272-1422. You can also email them at distance.education@ubc.ca.

For general inquiries, please contact Chris Crowley, Senior Manager, Instructional Design and Distance Education Course Operations, at 604-822-3621 or chris.crowley@ubc.ca.

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

New to Distance Learning at UBC?

Distance education provides students with flexible learning opportunities that allow them to balance their personal, professional, and educational lives.

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CTLT supports flexible learning through online distance education courses. See a list of all courses.
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Learner Support

CTLT has developed a number of resources which will help in your distance education studies.

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Instructor Support

The Instructor Support section will provide you with resources and information about procedures specific to the delivery of distance education.

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Course Development & Delivery

CTLT supports the development of courses and programs that use distance and blended delivery modes.
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Appropriate Use of Technology Policy

Learners and instructors in CTLT supported courses have certain general responsibilities that they must agree to.
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Help Desk for Online Distance Education Learners

Distance LearningIf you have any technical questions, please email the CTLT Distance Education 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.