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 through the iSchool

  • Eligibility: All iSchool students are eligible to take relevant WISE courses (Dual, MAS, MACL, MLIS, PhD).
  • External Credit: WISE courses are “External Credits” for MAS stand-alone students, therefore MAS students must submit a Request for External Credit form with the Grad Advisor before registering.
  • Prerequisites: 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.
  • Space: 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.
  • Limit: You may only take up to two WISE courses (6 credits) regardless of your program of study.
  • Blocking: 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.
  • Culminating Term: 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.
  • US Loans: 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.

WISE registration information

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 on Tuesday, April 24th 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 this information.
  • 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 Adviser 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 are found below: