OCAD University to offer remote and some in-person classes for fall

May 28 2020, 9:08 am

OCAD University will deliver remote learning for all programs when the fall semester begins in September, due to health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The courses are being designed to be “flexible” and “accessible,” serving students wherever they are located.

“This means students can complete their course requirements and progress through their studies regardless of where they live. Faculty will be exploring how to provide meaningful ways for students to engage and participate in their learning,” the OCAD statement said.

More creative ways to deliver remote learning include some faculty designing their spring and summer courses to integrate readings, videos, and virtual tours of museums to make courses more “dynamic and include a variety of voices.”

However, the university is preparing for some in-person learning opportunities, which could include smaller studio workshops or classes.

Deans and Associate Deans are now working with faculty members to determine which courses could be delivered on campus, in alignment with public health and safety protocols.

OCAD is also offering all Canadian and international students the option to work remotely if some classes are held in-person, allowing them to still complete their course requirements.

The university is also building on existing efforts to create a “vibrant online community” to bring students together to share their experiences and to “foster creativity and innovation.”

While the pandemic has been ongoing, OCAD is continuing to fund the COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund.

And, as of Friday, May 15, students were able to apply to the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit, part of a $9 billion relief package announced by the federal government.

Also, international students will be able to start their classes remotely from abroad this fall, and complete up to 50% of their program via remote learning without negatively impacting their eligibility for the post-graduation work permit program.

OCAD joins the list of universities and colleges that will be delivering a hybrid of virtual and in-person classes come the fall semester.

The University of Toronto and York University both announced that most classes will be online, with a few exceptions for some coursework that needs to be done in-person.

For the classes that will be held on campus, both will follow strict health guidelines.

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