How does it work?

In the ABT Online Collaborative Program model, you are admitted to and receive a credential from the college or university you have chosen as your Home Institution. Home Institutions share their students with other colleges or universities that teach courses. Teaching Institutions - the college or university that delivers each course - share their instructors with students of other home institutions. Students and instructors are thus participating in 'shared virtual classrooms' to accomplish their learning in the online courses. This means you will be taking courses from a number of institutions other than the one that admitted you to the ABT program, all leading to a credential in Applied Business Technology and specialty areas. One advantage of this collaboration is that it fosters a community of learners across colleges and universities in the online courses you register for and participate in.

There is currently one online collaborative program offered under the BCcampus Online Collaborative Program model.

This collaboration and partnership is unique and has a common set of principles for program delivery that are agreed to by the participating institutions.

In addition to the above collaborative online program, there are also collaborative services for learners currently supported by BCcampus that may help you with your learning. With collaborative services, institutions coordinate existing resources to deliver online learning or student services beyond what any individual institution could provide on its own. One such service is AskAway, B.C.'s provincial post-secondary library virtual reference service, that allows B.C. learners, educators and researchers to chat with librarians and get research help from wherever they are.

Collaborative programs such as the ABT Online Collaborative Program usually develop from a desire or need for co-operation between colleges and universities in a specific academic program or curriculum area. This partnership includes agreements on providing an online collaborative program through sharing - sharing information, students, faculty, program courses and content, and delivery.