Current Student FAQs

We recommend you start your MET program with a core course, and complete the four required core courses as early in your program as possible.

The course schedule is posted for several years ahead so that you can plan your program.  We suggest that you review the electives and map out your schedule ahead of time. View the course calendar. (Please note that this is subject to change, but is a good place to start.)

NOTE: You can not register in ETEC 590 until you have completed 8 courses, including ETEC 500.

Most students who are working full-time in a professional position enroll in one or two courses each term and possibly more in the May term if they have more time available during May to August. You may register in a maximum of four courses in any term.

The amount of time individual students spend preparing for class and completing course assignments varies widely in any educational setting. The time students spend completing activities for a MET online course will depend on a number of factors including individual reading speed, writing competency, familiarity with web-based learning environments, familiarity with the subject matter at hand, and investment in the learning process. The time commitment is usually comparable to a graduate-level, 3-credit, face-to-face course.

Some students who study full-time will complete the program in one year. Most students take two to three years to complete. You must complete within five years.

For certificate students who ladder into the Master's program, the total time between beginning the certificate and completing the Master's degree must not exceed five years.

To be considered a full-time student you would need to be enrolled in 9 or more credits in each term:

  • Winter Term 1 - September to December
  • Winter Term 2 - January to April
  • Summer - May to August

As the MET program can be taken part-time, students do not qualify for student loans even if taking a full-time course load.

Instructions for course registration can be found here.

Select your electives according to your interests, goals, and the expertise you want to develop through the program. Consult the course schedule. Unlike the core courses, electives are not always offered in the same term each year. Up to 6 credits of elective courses may be taken outside the MET program after admission to the program. Up to 6 credits of senior level undergraduate work may be included in a program either as credits transferred in during admission or credits taken after admission, provided that these credits have not been applied to another degree. TBDL/TBLS students can take one 3-credit elective course, but it may not be an undergraduate course.

You may choose to enroll in face-to-face courses offered at UBC, or other on-line courses offered through other departments.  Many of them can be found on the Professional Development & Community Engagement or through the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) web site. MET students wishing to enroll in a non-MET course as an elective must obtain the approval of the MET academic advisor for each course. The request for approval should include a rationale for how the course fits within the student’s program and interests.

Please note that if you take an on-campus UBC course, you will be required to pay applicable student fees.

Out of the 10 courses students must take to complete the MET program, at least 8 of them *must* be related to the application of learning technologies in education.  Please keep that in mind when deciding on non-MET courses.

Yes, you may enroll in up to the UBC-equivalent of 6 credits of courses at a university other than UBC, as long as you have not already transferred any outside credits into your program. However, it should be a university having standards comparable to the University of British Columbia. Except in unusual cases, courses taken at another university should be on topics not available at UBC.

The Western Deans Agreement, and other similar agreements, do not apply to MET students because in the MET program you pay a per course fee rather than a program fee. You must instead enter that university as a visiting student.  Once you have had a course approved by the MET Academic Advisor, if accepted by the other university, you will enroll in and complete the course. When you have your final mark, submit your transcript to the MET Program Assistant and ask to have the credits transferred into your MET Program.

TBDL and TBLS students may not take courses at other universities.

Please contact Dave Roy for more information if you wish to take courses from another university.

An independent study course is possible when there is a topic you want to investigate that is not a part of any available course and when a suitable supervisor is available. If you wish to do an independent study course, first request permission of the MET Academic Advisor and draft a proposal for what you want to do. In consultation with the Academic Advisor, a supervisor for the course will be selected.

The standard policy is that students will take no more than 3-credits in ETEC 580 (Independent Study).

The research component will be fulfilled by selecting ETEC 590 as a program elective. Since this is intended to be a culminating project or experience in your Program, it should be completed toward the end. You must have completed 8 courses, including ETEC 500, before you can enroll in ETEC 590. Please keep in mind that ETEC 500 must be taken before ETEC 590. They can not be taken concurrently.

The $250 registration deposit is non-refundable.

For information on refund dates and eligibility, please see the Student Services refund web site.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to drop a course, you must actually drop the course from your schedule on the UBC system.  It is not enough to just stop showing up on the course web site.

If a student does not officially drop the course the student will be graded based on what he/she has contributed so far (usually very little to nothing).  This can have an enormous impact on the student's GPA and status in the program.

As in any course, any problem should first be taken up with the course instructor. If this does not result in a satisfactory resolution of the issue, contact the MET Academic Advisor. If this does not result in a satisfactory resolution you can contact the Dr. Jennifer Shapka, Director of the MET program.

You must take at least one course in the first academic session (September through April) that you are enrolled in the MET program or you will be considered to have refused your offer of admission and must re-apply if you wish to continue.

Once you have taken your first course, you do not have to register in courses in a term if you are not able to.  Please keep in mind that you have a maximum of 5 years to finish your MET degree, so if you need to take more than a term off, you should send a message to the MET Program Assistant requesting a leave from the program as required for up to 12 months.

Online education is a fast growing field in schools, post-secondary institutions, and in other institutions where employees need to be trained. The MET credentials will assist in getting jobs in any of these workplaces, helping to set up and manage these distributed learning systems. It will also provide classroom teachers with ideas and perspectives for using technology more appropriately in their classroom.

An online search will assist you in identifying doctoral programs available online. We have no plans to start an online PhD at this time.