School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

Web-based Information Science Education (WISE)

Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) is a unique and groundbreaking opportunity for iSchool students to take elective online courses from other ALA-accredited programs. Leading schools have gone outside the classroom to broaden the available online educational opportunities for students. The WISE consortium uses advanced technology as a means to enrich one's education and to foster relationships among students, faculty and universities.

Participating Institutions in WISE

Charles Sturt University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Long Island University University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Manchester Metropolitan University University of Pittsburgh
Rutgers University University of Texas at Austin
San Jose State University University of Western Ontario
Simmons College University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
Syracuse University Victoria University of Wellington
University of British Columbia  

Why be a WISE student?

Students have the opportunity to access distance education courses through WISE member schools that have met the quality bar in online education. WISE students have increased access to special topics and electives as compared to those who attend non-WISE schools.

For example, a student may access courses from a wider base of faculty 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.

WISE @ The iSchool

As a member of the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium of schools, the iSchool is pleased to make WISE course offerings available to its students. These online courses are taught by faculty from WISE host schools using course-management systems specific to their environment and academic calendar. You will have the opportunity to take electives of interest at other WISE schools, without having to transfer credits. You must note the varying delivery methods and academic calendars among WISE schools.

Current WISE Courses and Enrollment procedures

To view the WISE courses offered for Pitt students, log into the SIS Intranet. To log in, you will need your Pitt email (example: and Pitt password.


Still having trouble? Contact SIS at


Students at the iSchool may tailor a program suited to their diverse professional objectives or discover new and dynamic career paths.