Online Learning Resources

As you take an online learning course, you will find that it is different from your usual face-to-face classes. New students often face challenges associated with this style of learning. The following resources may be helpful to you. All of these resources are available through UBC’s Learning Commons or this site’s Learner Support page.

Reading Skills

Reading for university requires you to move beyond reading for information towards reading for understanding. In order to do your own research and synthesize ideas from several sources, you will need to read critically – asking questions and checking your understanding as you go.

The following resources may be useful to you in developing and refining your reading skills:

Academic Support

The Learning Commons is your online resource for academic support. Here you will find what you need to help develop your academic skills – everything from tutoring to online Librarians. The Learning Commons has resources and opportunities for students all across the spectrum of learning. Whether you’re looking for skill development or a unique academic challenge, you’ll find it here.

Learning Online

Learning online is a rewarding and challenging experience for many. Different from the traditional “independent study”, you will become part of a community of learners in a particular subject, participate in asynchronous online discussion, and perhaps work in collaboration with others on group assignments.

If you haven’t tried an online course yet, you may want to browse through some of the resources below to help you get a feel for it.

If you are enrolled in an online course, you may see an Orientation workshop in your WebCT or Connect course list. This link will appear approximately one week prior to the start of term. The workshop is not led by an instructor – instead, you can browse through various modules, selecting those which meet your learning needs.

To learn more about how to be successful in an online course, view the resource links below.

Preparing for Exams

Anyone who has ever taken an important test or exam knows how stressful it can be. One way you can alleviate some of the stress is to be prepared and plan enough time in your schedule for study. The following resources offer some practical and useful suggestions for exam preparation.

Writing Skills

The UBC Writing Centre offers non-credit courses designed to help UBC students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the general public, improve their command of English for general interest as well as academic, technical or research purposes. There are additional resources that can help as well.

Keys to Success

Learning online can be a great way to accomplish your educational goals but there are a few things you need to know before you get started. We’re sure that this will help you to get things off to a smooth start.

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! The following are resources which may serve as useful reminders about planning and managing your life so that you have some time to enjoy.

Communicating Online

Netiquette is all about the code of behavior established for communicating online. The rules for netiquette will vary, depending on the context (formal/informal); the people (known/unknown to each other) and the activity. The following resource will help you be aware and communicate effectively online.