Web-based Information Science Education

What is WISE?

  • 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.

Why be a WISE student?

  • 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.

What does is mean to be a WISE school?

  • 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.

WISE Participating Schools

  • 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

Taking WISE courses at SLAIS

  • 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 506, LIBR 507, LIBR 508 & LIBR 509 . 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 593: Seminar
  • Students may take a maximum of two WISE courses [6 credits] 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 of course
  • Student must have the technical knowledge to complete course successfully
  • 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 a given institution is not shown on the Matrix then the pattern for an institution with the same marking scheme will be used when converting marks to UBC percentages.
  • IMPORTANT– 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