Students Study International Perspectives on Distance Education in Canada

Connie Baird and Belva Collins

Belva Collins and Constance Baird led a group of students enrolled in the Distance Education Graduate Certificate on a trip to Vancouver, Canada in July to study international perspectives on distance education. While there, the group attended the International Perspectives on Technology-Enhanced Learning (IPTEL) Conference co-sponsored by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education, the University of British Columbia Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and the University of Kentucky. Highlights of the conference included keynote addresses by Jeff Miller (Senior Manager, Flexible Learning Initiative with the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, University of British Columbia), Erica Frank (President and Executive Director of, and Tony Bates (President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates, LTD, and author of Managing Technology in Higher Education).

International Perspectives in Distance Education

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Summer 2013 • UK Sponsored Education Abroad Program

Travel Dates: July 8 - July 14

Course Dates: June 6 - August 1

Participants will attend a conference on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver entitled “International Perspectives on Technology - Enhanced Learning” and engage in pre-conference lectures supported by online readings, discussions, and assignments.


  • Read and discuss the professional literature that relates to international distance education issues.
  • Design and complete a project related to the content of the course (e.g. paper, video, lesson plans, curriculum)
  • Attend guest lectures and interact with distance educators and students from Canadian universities.
  • Explore the culture and history of British Columbia through visits to the UBC Museum of Anthropology and Botanical Gardens, and Granville Island.

Priority Registration

Priority registration for the Winter 2012 – 2013 intersession and Spring 2013 semester begins on October 29th. Students currently enrolled and planning to attend  the Winter or Spring terms should register for courses during their assigned three-day window.

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Winter and Spring Schedules

The Winter 2012-2013 and Spring 2013 distance learning course schedules have been posted on our site. Students interested in the various distance learning course offerings can now explore their options.

Winter 2012-2013 Schedule & Spring 2013 Schedule

As always, if you have any questions regarding distance learning courses please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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