WISE Courses

Web-based Information Science Education

Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) is a unique and groundbreaking opportunity to take courses from some of the leading schools in the information field. These schools have gone outside the classroom to extend their reach and broaden the educational opportunities for students at participating Universities. The WISE consortium uses advanced technology as a means to enrich the educational experience and foster relationships among students, faculty and universities.

This initiative allows UBC iSchool students to receive a diverse range of online education courses in Library and Information Science, from schools across North America including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of North Carolina, University of Texas at Austin, University of Western Ontario, Simmons College and Syracruse University.

 


Eligibility: Students in all programs (Dual, MAS, MACL, MLIS, PhD) can take relevant WISE courses for their program.

Program-specific requirements: All MLIS, MAS, and dual students must have completed their Core Courses as prerequisites. MAS students must submit a Request for External Credit form with the Grad Advisor before registering, as WISE courses are considered “External Credits.”

Note: only 3-5 spaces in total are available in each course for WISE students at participating institutions. These are high-demand courses, and there is no guarantee there will be space for you.


  • All iSchool students are eligible to take relevant WISE courses (Dual, MAS, MACL, MLIS, PhD).
  • For MLIS and Dual students, the MLIS Core Courses are required pre-requisites. For stand-alone MAS students, the MAS Core Courses are required pre-requisites. Other required pre-requisites are noted in the individual course descriptions for students.
  • Only 3-5 spaces in total are available in each course for WISE students across all of the participating institutions. There is no guarantee that there will be space for you.
  • Enrollment: Students who wish to take one of the available courses will be registered in LIBR 593: Seminar.
  • You may only take up to two WISE courses (6 credits) regardless of your program of study.
  • Only request a space in a WISE course if you are confident that you will take it. If you are offered a space and drop the course, you have blocked anyone else from taking it.
  • WISE courses cannot be taken by any students who are in their last term of their program. WISE instructors have up to three weeks after the end of the course to submit marks and this can block your graduation.
  • American students with US government loans cannot take any WISE courses as this would invalidate the loans.
  • Your responsibilities as a WISE student
    • Host Institution Parameters: Students must agree to the course parameters of the host institution including course management tools, grading, and dates of term.
    • Technology: You must have access to technology necessary for completion of course.
    • Avoid an “F” (Dropping): If you drop courses it is your responsibility to drop 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.
  • Grade Alignment: In order to accommodate the letter marks given by the host institution offering the course, letter graded course will be converted to UBC marks using the table as follows:
    A+ =92%
    A =87%
    A- =82%
    B+ =79%
    B =74%
    B- =69%
    C+ =66%
    C =62%
    Below C =59% failing

    Please read over this conversion table 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.

Each course offered by a WISE institution reserves 2-5 spaces for WISE students from other institutions. There is no guarantee that there will be space for you.

Registration: Follow instructions distributed to all UBC iSchool students via email to request a space.

Post Registration: After registering on the WISE web site, send the UBC iSchool WISE Coordinator an e-mail for each course, providing:

  • Your name
  • Your program [Dual, MACL, MAS, MLIS, Ph.D.]
  • Stand alone MAS students confirm that the Request for External Credit form has already been submitted and approved. It must be signed by the UBC iSchool Graduate Advisor before the WISE registration process can take place. If you forget to provide this information or you haven’t completed the approval process it will delay your registration and may prevent you from securing your seat in a WISE course.
  • Your UBC student number
  • Name, number, and institution of the course you wish to take
  • State whether you have taken a WISE course before
  • If you request more than one WISE course, send separate emails for each course and rank your requests.

WISE course offerings


NOTE: Registration for the 2018 Fall term WISE courses opens on April 24, 2018. 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 December 2018.  WISE instructors have up to three weeks after the end of the course to submit marks and UBC iSchool must submit a list of graduating students to UBC in mid-January.

  1. Project Management & Systems Analysis
  2. Copyright for Information Professionals 

NOTE: Registration for the 2018 May term WISE courses opens on March 5, 2018. It is possible that additional WISE courses may be added later.

Due to the end dates of these courses they cannot be taken by any students who will graduate in August 2018.  WISE instructors have up to three weeks after the end of the course to submit marks and the iSchool must submit a list of graduating students to UBC in mid-August.

  • Games in Library Queens College
  • Government Information Resources and Services
  • Museum Collection Development, Queens College
  • Organization and Management:Public Libraries, Queens College

  • Crisis Disaster Health Informatics, San Jose State University
  • Knowledge Management, Simmons College
  • Metadata, Syracuse University
  • Resources and Services for Adults, The University of Pittsburgh

FALL 2017 WISE Course Offerings

  • Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs., Syracuse University
  • Information Analytics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Information Sources & Services, Social Sciences, Queens College
  • Intellectual Freedom in Libraries, Rutgers University
  • Library Services to Students with Disabilities, Syracuse University
  • Literacy Through School Libraries, Syracuse University
  • Metadata, The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Metadata Architectures and Applications, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Resource Descrp-Libr Catalogs, The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Special Topics in Info Science: Infopreneurship, The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Transformative Library Leadership, Rutgers University

  • Competitive Intelligence Simmons College
  • Electronic Health Records The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Embedded Librarians/Embedded Libraries: Embedding the library into the fabric of higher education San Jose State University
  • Government Information Resources and Services The University of Pittsburgh
  • History of Libraries Simmons College
  • Linked Open Data University of Pittsburgh
  • Writing Grant Proposals  Rutgers University

  • Copyright for Information Prof Syracuse University
  • Digital Health: Information and Technologies Supporting Consumers and Patients The University of Wisconsin – Madison SLIS
  • Digital Humanities and Humanities Resources Queens College
  • Games in Library Queens College
  • Information Ethics The University of Pittsburgh
  • Information Services for Diverse Users Simmons College
  • Knowledge Management in Organizations Rutgers University
  • Museum Collection Development  Queens College
  • Social Informatics Rutgers University

  • Big Data Analytics and Management San Jose State University
  • Crisis/Disaster Health Informatics San Jose State University
  • Economics of Information University of North Texas
  • Electronic Health Records The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ethical Practices for Information Professionals Rutgers University
  • Intellectual Freedom Rutgers University
  • Library Services to Students with Disabilities Syracuse University
  • METADATA The University of Pittsburgh
  • Metadata The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Publishing, Knowledge Inst. & Society: E-Revolutions? The University of Wisconsin – Madison SLIS

  • Embedded Librarians/Embedded Libraries San Jose State University
  • Library Services for Under Served Populations Syracuse University
  • Social Informatics Rutgers University

  • Embedded Librarians/Embedded Libraries San Jose State University
  • Library Services for Under Served Populations Syracuse University
  • Social Informatics Rutgers University