COVID-19: BCIT, Langara, Capilano University, and more transition to online or alternative forms of instruction

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      After some postsecondary institutions in Metro Vancouver announced their shift from in-person classes to online instruction, more Lower Mainland schools are following suit due to the COVID-19 outbreak in B.C.

      UBC, SFU, and Emily Carr University of Art and Design all announced on March 13 that they would transition classes to online instruction.

      The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) announced on March 14 that it will transition to primarily online classes and remote learning on Wednesday (March 18) wherever possible.

      All classes will be suspended on Monday and Tuesday (March 16 and 17) and students will receive further instruction by email.

      However, the school explained that it has faced many complex challenges in doing so due to the “hands-on and practical nature of BCIT’s unique and industry-based programming”.

      Further details are available at the BCIT website.

      Langara College announced today (March 15) that face-to-face instruction will end tomorrow and Tuesday (March 16 and 17) as the college transitions to online instruction “where possible and reasonable”, and will continue for the remainder of the term for both regular and continuing studies.

      Campuses will remain open and all operations will continue on with measures in place for social distancing.

      The college reports that there are no known COVID-19 cases at Langara and the college also doesn’t have any classes with 250 or more students.

      However, all larger campus events have been cancelled, cafeteria seating has been reduced to 200 to allow for social distancing, and cleaning schedules have been increased.

      Full details are available at the Langara College website.

      Langara College

      Capilano University stated today that it is reviewing plans for “alternative delivery” of its courses and programs. All classes are on hold for Monday and Tuesday (March 16 and 17).

      Alternative instruction delivery will begin on Wednesday (March 18) and continue for the remainder of the semester.

      More details will be announced on Monday, and will be posted on the school’s website.

      No COVID-19 cases have been reported at the university.

      Vancouver Community College (VCC) interim president Ajay Patel announced today that the college will transition to alternative modes of instruction and until further notice, the campus will remain open and services will continue to be provided.

      For updates, visit the VCC website.

      The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) announced today that all classes, including in-person and online, are being suspended for one week as faculty transition all course content to remote learning and assessment. Exceptions include classes in trades programs and health studies, which will continue in person but with social distancing measures. 

      Classes will resume, through remote delivery, on March 23.

      The university will remain open and services will continue on.

      For full details, visit the UFV website

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