Online Learners

How To Do Well In An Online Course

via telephone or email in the first two weeks of the course to introduce yourself and ask any questions you have.

(found in the course manual or on the course website) and set up a study schedule. You'll find some links to practical study tips on this site.

Register for services online or in-person. Refer to the UBC Library's Guide for Distance Students for information about online services for research and interlibrary loans.

Assignments given in the course manual or posted on the course website must be completed in the assigned order and submitted as outlined. Instructors can refuse to grade assignments submitted in a batch. Late, batched assignment submissions too close to the exam date will jeopardize your ability to write the final exam and may result in a failed standing in the course. Please consult with your instructor if you are having trouble keeping to a schedule with your assignments.

If an assignment gets lost or damaged en route, you will be required to re-submit it. You should allow at least two weeks for assignments to be received, graded and returned to you.

Ensure that you do this before the mid-point of the course. You may need some advice regarding your best course of action. Delaying this discussion may result in academic penalties.

Your exam schedule will be made available to you via the Student Service Centre (SSC). You can review exam requirements for distance education here. All assignments must be completed and submitted before you take the examination.

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Listen to what some former online students had to say about the strategies that worked for them:


Be a Good Scholar

Part of your responsibility as a student is acknowledging the work of others as you learn from them. Learn about academic integrity and what you can do to stay clear of problems with plagiarism. Be aware of UBC’s policies and stay on top of this.

Learn about copyright and what students are doing to support open learning.

Manage Your Time

Time management begins to take on a somewhat mythical quality with learners at university. There never seems to be enough time and what there is seems to become unmanageable quickly! Following are some resources which may serve as useful reminders about planning and managing your life so that you have some time to enjoy:

Prepare for Exams



Use the Library

First, you’ll need to get a UBCcard. Learn about Library services available to you in this Library Guide for Distance Education Students.

Start your research by using the Library’s new search tool: Summon. Summon is a one-stop search tool that allows you to search for print and e-books, journal articles, statistical data, government documents, theses/dissertations and much more all at once.

Every branch of the Library has staff members who can help you find what you need. Can’t find an article for your term paper? Don’t hesitate to Ask Us for assistance via email, online chat, or by phone.

The library also has tailor-made research guides designed to help you find the best sources for your research. You can find a guide for every discipline taught at UBC as well as multidisciplinary topics like Grey Literature, Sustainability and Portfolio creation.

Accessing the Library is made easy with the Distance Education Students' Guide Find out how to borrow books, access journals from home and borrow from other Libraries.


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