What will the Fall 2020 semester look like?
The semester will be divided into three terms (Term A, B and C) which include a combination of online and in-person instruction. During each 4-week term, students will take three courses. Each week students will have scheduled online lectures and check-in times with the instructors as well as several hands-on workshops on campus. To maintain social distancing protocols, students will be scheduled to attend in-person workshops in small groups. Schedules will be sent out over the summer.
What are the dates of the semester?
The semester runs from Wednesday September 9th to Friday December 11th.
Will this be the same format for the second semester (January-May 2021)?
The COVID-19 situation is constantly changing. With that in mind, we do not know how we will need to deliver the courses in the second semester. The goal will be to eventually get back to teaching the program fully on-campus, but there is no timeline for when that will happen. We will keep you updated as plans develop.
What is the weekly schedule for the program?
The schedule will change each term, but students should expect to be available Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Do I need to be in the Lower Mainland, or can I complete the courses totally online?
Because of the hybrid nature of the courses, you will need to be in the Lower Mainland. Several courses require in-person, hands-on workshops at the Burnaby Campus.
Is it possible to avoid online classes and do them all in person?
No. Given the Occupational Health and Safety guidelines for the current situation with COVID-19, we must limit the number of people in the building at one time. This means the courses that don’t require hands-on use of our equipment, must take place online only.
What kind of equipment do I require for this course?
There is a full “Bring Your Own Device” equipment list on the program’s Cost and Supplies Page
What is being done to ensure the safety of students and staff while on campus?
BCIT has increased the frequency of our cleaning services across all our campuses, including high-frequency areas such as classrooms and office areas. Some courses require on-campus learning in unique labs. In these classes, we will practice social distancing of 2 metres as advised by the Provincial Health Officer and we will ensure increased frequency of cleaning services in these areas. We are also installing Plexiglass dividers and will have PPE on-hand within the Broadcast building to ensure student safety in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained. You can read more about BCIT’s COVID-19 Response here.
How can I be sure I’m getting the same quality educational experience?
Our teaching environments will look different from previous years, but the quality of instruction, and commitment of our faculty and staff will be as strong as ever. Students’ valuable learning experiences will continue. By combining teaching, learning, and service delivery methods in adaptive and meaningful ways, we will ensure that our students’ academic progress can continue, and the necessary learning supports will be in place.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Instructors: Ian Foote email@example.com and Zack Singer firstname.lastname@example.org