WISE Courses: 2016 Summer Session [May/August]

• Please remember than only 2-5 spaces in total are available in each course for WISE students in the participating institutions. There is no guarantee that there will be space for you in any of these courses.
• You should NOT request a space in a WISE course unless you are reasonably sure you will actually take the course if offered a space. It causes logistical problems to “take up” a space then drop the course at the last minute.
• All courses have the four MLIS Core Courses as required pre-requisites for students in the MLIS and Dual programs. Students in the stand-alone MAS program must have completed the four MAS Core Courses. Other required pre-requisites are noted in the individual course descriptions. If you are in the MAS program you should ask Susie Stephenson [SLAIS Graduate Adviser] about whether or not you have taken the relevant equivalent courses in the MAS program.
• All SLAIS students are eligible to take relevant WISE courses. Stand-alone 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 are offered seats in their requested WISE courses will be registered in LIBR 593: Seminar by SLAIS office staff, but if you then drop the course it is your responsibility to drop the relevant section of LIBR 593: Seminar by the stated UBC drop deadlines.
• Students can take a maximum of two WISE courses [6 credits] as part of their MLIS, MAS, Dual MAS/MLIS, MACL, CAS or Ph.D. programs. WISE courses do not count as “External Credits” for students in the MLIS or MLIS/Dual programs, but do count as external for students in the stand-alone MAS program.
• Students must agree to the course parameters of the host institution including course management tools, grading, and dates of term
• Students must have access to technology necessary for completion of course
• Students must have the technical knowledge to complete a course successfully
• Marks given by the program offering the course will be converted to UBC marks using only the WISE Marking Matrix. Please read over this document carefully as it will be the sole source used to convert marks from WISE institutions to UBC marks. No information from instructors beyond the actual mark submitted to WISE will be used in the conversion to UBC percentage marks. If a given institution is not shown on the matrix then the information for an institution with the same marking scheme will be used.
• To request a space in one or more of the WISE courses please follow the registration instructions distributed to all SLAIS students via email on February 26, 2016. Do not attempt to register for a WISE course before February 29, 2016. Any requests before the 29th will be ignored.
• Once you have completed course registration at the WISE web site, please send Susie Stephenson a separate e-mail [susie.slais@ubc.ca] for each course giving this information:

  • Your name
  • Your program [MLIS, Dual MAS/MLIS, MAS, MACL, CAS, Ph.D.]
  • Your UBC student number
  • The name, number, and institution of the course you wish to take
  • If you have already taken a WISE course in the past
  • If you are requesting a space in two or more courses please send separate emails for each course and indicate the ranking of the requests.

• IMPORTANT- If you are in the stand-alone MAS – before we can send approval to WISE for you to take a course you must have first completed and submitted the Request for Credit for External Courses Form. It must be signed by Susie Stephenson as SLAIS Graduate Adviser before the WISE registration process can take place. When you send your request to take a class to Susie please indicate that the External Credit form has already been submitted and approved. If you forget to provide the required information or you haven’t completed the approval process it will delay the process of trying to secure a seat for you in one of the WISE courses. Given the small number of seats, it will likely keep you from obtaining one of the seats.

VERY IMPORTANT: When you take a WISE course you are registered in a SLAIS/UBC course: LIBR 593D or LIBR 593E and all the normal add/drop dates at UBC apply. You are held responsible for dropping ALL relevant courses by the UBC deadlines. If you forget to drop [even if the WISE course has not yet started] you may receive a mark of “F” in the course.


NOTE: Registration for the 2016 Summer term WISE courses opens on February 29, 2016. It is possible that additional WISE courses may be added later.

VERY IMPORTANT: No American students with US government loans can take any WISE courses as this would invalidate the loans.

VERY IMPORTANT: Due to the end dates of these courses they cannot be taken by any students who will graduate in May 2016. WISE instructors have up to three weeks after the end of the course to submit marks and SLAIS must submit a list of graduating students to UBC in mid-April.


Embedded Librarians/Embedded Libraries [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in August 2016]

Description: Embedding the library into the fabric of higher education. This course will explore the creative and proactive strategies academic libraries are employing to embed librarians, library presence, library collections, research support, and library instruction into the curriculum, student success initiatives, and patron points of need. In an era in which some students and faculty bypass the library entirely, librarians are developing innovative services that take them outside the library — both online and face-to-face — to provide services where their patrons are. This requires deep knowledge of one’s patrons and the academic environment, as well as an understanding of best practices for collaboration. We will explore best practices for embedding the library into the fabric of higher education through the literature as well as through significant written reflection and discussion.

Institution: San Jose State University

Class Number: INFO 220

Faculty: Meredith Farkas

Class Disclaimer: One required synchronous session for student presentations will be held on August 9 from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time.

Start and End Date: June 6th, 2016 – August 12th, 2016 [class begins in early June and ends mid-August]

Syllabus: http://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/gss/ajax/showSheet.php?id=6524

Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.


Library Services for Under Served Populations [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in August 2016]

Description: This 12 week class will provide students with a deeper understanding of diversity and cultural competence. Students will explore the characteristics of several library user groups that are considered traditionally underserved (e.g. older adults, people with disabilities). Students will learn strategies for delivering effective services to meet each population’s information needs. Guest lectures will be provided by experienced LIS practitioners/researchers. The course will also offer opportunities for synchronous interactions.

Institution: Syracuse University

Class Number: IST 600

Faculty: Renee F. Hill

Course Tool: Blackboard

Start and End Date: May 23rd, 2016 – August 12th, 2016

Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.


Social Informatics

Class Description: Technological innovation, computerization, and electronic information are associated with dilemmas, value conflicts, and choices surrounding the scholarly, personal, and professional use of information. Addresses social relationships, technological utopianism, societal control, vulnerability of information systems, and ethical response

Institution: Rutgers University

Class Number: 17:610:581

Faculty: Lilia Pavlovsky

Course Tool: eCollege

Start and End Date: May 31st, 2016 – August 5th, 2016

Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.