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Brandon's ACC releases details for its Fall Term

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: May 22, 2020 08:00

A 'blended delivery model' is being implemented

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Assiniboine Community College has laid out its plan for the fall 2020 term. 

In a news release, the college says it anticipates continued social and physical distancing requirements established by the Manitoba government to limit the spread of COVID-19 - and they'll implement a 'Blended Delivery Model' this fall. Students will study at a distance or online for portions of their program and be on campus (in-person) for other portions of their coursework that require access to college facilities and equipment.

Why blended? 

Campus Capacity: Some program curriculum lends itself well to online, distance, or alternative delivery methods. As such, taking advantage of this will help to limit students’ time on campus, as well as the number of students on campuses and in spaces at any given time.    

Learn by Doing: College programs require hands-on learning. When students graduate, they need to be prepared and confident to work in their chosen occupation.    

Preparing for Industry: For the portions of each program that will be delivered in-person, environments will be designed to conform with personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety requirements in those industries, thus replicating the conditions for post-graduation employment.  

Physical Distancing Practices: Assiniboine is fortunate to benefit from small class sizes and multiple campuses across communities. In addition to fewer total hours on campus, the college expects to make use of alternative times and days of delivery to accommodate physical and social distancing requirements for each program and the campus as a whole.   

ACC says it’s a Program-by-Program Approach; the delivery model will vary program by program.

At this time, there are four broad categories for this blended approach:    

1. Delivered entirely at a distance (off-campus)  

2. Blended learning with low on-campus attendance and only for essential shops, labs, skills  

3. Blended learning with low on-campus attendance scheduled in less than 50% of a program

4. Blended learning with higher on-campus attendance scheduled in 50% or greater in that program  

The college says it'll be in touch with every new and returning student, by the end of June, with information about their specific program and its blended delivery format. 

To date, no programs scheduled to start in September have been cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most classes will commence as previously scheduled. Any changes to planned start dates to a program will be communicated directly to the student prior to the end of June.  

Prospective students are still welcome to apply to programs, and there have been no substantive changes to this process or the associated timelines. Attend a free information session to learn more about Assiniboine programs and supports for students or apply online today.

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