Courses resume — virtually — at Thompson Rivers University

The winter semester resumed this week and classes are back in a variety of virtual formats, which differ from professor to professor. Small classes involving trades apprentices were to begin this week and continue for three weeks

Courses have resumed at Thompson Rivers University this week in off-campus formats, but some trades have resumed for students that almost have their ticket.

The post-secondary institution announced the cancellation of classes for the second week of March as it transitioned away from face-to-face classes due top the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The winter semester resumed this week and classes are back in a variety of virtual formats, which differ from professor to professor, the university announced on its website.

“Some instructors may email students with course content or post slides or lecture notes online, upload video content and/or use online learning platforms,” the update stated.

Professors were reaching out to students with specific plans on course completion, as well as how final assessments will be determined.

Final exams are proceeding, but will not be conducted in-person, according to the university.

In-person trades programs have been suspended until June 26, but an exception has been made for apprentices in certain programs who have nearly completed their programs, For those apprentices, small class sizes were to commence this week, as directed by their instructors, for a period of three weeks, to allow students to complete practical aspects of their programs.

According to TRU, strict social-distancing rules (keeping at least two metres/six feet from one another) will be implemented and class sizes will be reduced.

School residences have not been closed and students are asked to practise the same precautions for COVID-19 they would in their own home.

The university has cancelled or postponed 38 events through May 28.

The campus, however, remains open this week, with some staff working remotely and others remaining at the university as part of the effort to comply with B.C.’s social-distancing measures.

“TRU staff remain available to provide assistance, but in many cases, this will be done by phone or email,” the update stated.

A number of TRU’s student services have moved to virtual formats. Campus libraries have closed, but remain available to students online, while all counselling appointments will be conducted virtually, though all groups and workshops have been cancelled for the remainder of the semester.

The Thompson Rivers University Writing Centre has moved its sessions online, while its Wellness Centre is offering one-to-one appointments via phone. Peer-mentoring programs have been cancelled, but appointments are available via phone.

Open Learning is still operating, but some in-person labs may be affected.

Students with any questions about how certain services are being offered during the pandemic are asked to check individual department webpages or call the university at 250-828-500, which will regularly update the status of services through the COVID-19 Campus Services page

As for the coming summer semester — May 4 to June 19 and June 22 to Aug. 7 — registration is open and courses are proceeding, but in off-campus formats.

Applications are also open for the fall term.

According to TRU, face-to-face classroom instruction will remain suspended until health officials advise social-distancing measures are no longer required.


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