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Fall 2020 delivery
Latest update: Monday, June 15
Earlier last month, we announced that DC will offer a hybrid program delivery for our fall semester programs. We now have a clearer picture of what that may mean for our students, and have published a list of programs and how they will be delivered for our Fall semester on our COVID-19 program delivery chart.
Academic delivery plan
The list below identifies Durham College’s (DC) approach to academic instruction in post-secondary programs for fall 2020 only. While every effort is made to ensure this list is accurate and current, it is subject to change based on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from public health officials and the provincial government.
Details regarding the winter 2021 semester and beyond will be shared as more information becomes available. This approach means, that while semester 1 of a program may be delivered remotely or remotely and in-person, semester 2 or semester 3 of the same may be fully in-person later in the program. The listing below only applies to the fall 2020 semester.
Apprenticeship students looking for program delivery information are directed to contact their designated Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) Employment Training Consultant (ETC). They will advise you what is possible.
Students with questions regarding Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning courses can visit the website for details regarding fall offerings.
Remote: Fully remote delivery, onsite presence not required.
Remote/In-person: A combination of remote and face-to-face activities, onsite presence required for part of the program.
Deferred: Program and semester will not be offered in the fall 2020 semester.
Students with questions related to their program should contact their school office. Visit the academic schools page for contact details.
Fall 2020 FAQs
At this time, fall semester dates have not changed. Where possible, programs will be delivered remotely. Where there is a need for in-person learning activities, programs will be delivered both remotely and in-person.
For a list of programs and their delivery formats, please see the program delivery chart below. Dates and delivery may be subject to change based on public health and government direction in keeping with program learning outcomes.
Remote delivery at DC provides students with a high-quality academic experience in a rich and supportive learning environment that will help them learn the vocational and durable skills employers are looking for.
Our exceptional faculty are committed to supporting students remotely, enabling them to achieve their goals while providing an interactive and student-centric experience. By leveraging a variety of tools, students will receive a quality education at DC.
We have tools and supports in place to ensure that remote delivery meets our quality standards.
That is a personal decision. We can commit that regardless of the mode of delivery (remote or in-person), you will receive a rich, high-quality, student-centric education at Durham College.
There are pros and cons each way on this decision. Waiting a year may mean more certainty in terms of delivery, but it will also mean that you will have to wait an additional year to graduate and start working. Students who wait a year may have to reapply to their program, and spots may not be available.
Some programs will be delivered remotely and in-person. Students in programs with lab/shop/studio in-person delivery requirements will be scheduled for classes on campus.
Theoretical content will be delivered remotely, and in-person activities will be delivered on campus, following all directives from public health and safety.
Learning outcomes that are addressed by experiential learning opportunities may be achieved through alternate forms of learning, which may include a capstone or remote placements.
Some field placements/practicums/co-ops will proceed as planned, either in person or remotely. Where an experiential learning program component is suspended, the college will ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve the required learning outcomes.
Contact Strategic Enrolment Services for information regarding admissions.
Remote courses offer an interactive and engaging student-centric experience. Courses are led by faculty who are committed to supporting students, enabling them to achieve their goals and be successful. All student-faculty and student-student interactions occur remotely, online.
Faculty will post course-related learning materials, assignments, resources, etc. in DC Connect, the college’s learning management system. Faculty and students will interact using various technologies that may include Microsoft Teams, DC Connect’s virtual classroom and Office 356.
Courses will be delivered synchronously, asynchronously or using a blend of the two approaches.
- Synchronous – courses will have scheduled meeting, or class, times in a virtual classroom, using Microsoft Teams or DC Connect’s virtual classroom.
- Asynchronous – where learning takes place at times and locations of the student’s own choosing through online communications technologies. Instruction may occur through interactive discussion posts, content sharing, video recordings, etc.
Courses may also blend the two delivery approaches, combining elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity.
It is recommended that students have access to a computer (desktop or laptop) and have internet access. Recommended specifications will be posted to each program page on the college’s website in the coming weeks.
Students in laptop programs should review technical requirements for their programs. Information is available on the program page on the college’s website.
DC will offer students academic support, ensuring they have the math, science and writing skills necessary to be successful in September. The college is preparing remediation strategies to ensure students are successful in their program.
Academic support options will be available before the beginning of the semester and throughout the academic year.