BCIT transitions to online classes in response to coronavirus

Mar 14 2020, 10:08 pm

The British Columbia Institute for Technology (BCIT) is the lastest post-secondary school in the province to move classes online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement sent Saturday evening, BCIT said classes for full-time technology programs will be suspended on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 and online classes will begin on Wednesday, March 18.

“Given the hands-on and practical nature of BCIT’s unique and industry-based programming, this transition has been complex and multi-faceted,” said BCIT President Kathy Kinloch.

“Given BCIT’s complexity, this transition will occur on an as-possible basis to ensure our students’ academic goals are respected, our technology is available and effective and — most importantly — that we protect the ongoing health and wellbeing of our community during this unprecedented pandemic situation.”

The school adds that this is a “voluntary and proactive measure.”

All part-time studies programs have been suspended, and BCIT says it will “ensure that current part-time studies students will still have an opportunity to complete courses they are currently enrolled in through revisions to assessment practices.”

As for trades programs, administration is “assessing alternate delivery of trades courses as an option.”

“We will be cancelling related classes on Monday and Tuesday while we assess the need to delay, cancel or have an alternative delivery method for these courses.  Students will receive an email from their chief instructor on next steps before Wednesday,” stated the school.

Campuses will remain open during this time.

More details can be found on BCIT’s website.

UBC and SFU announced on Friday that all classes will be moving online as of March 16.