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King's announces hybrid model for Fall 2020 term

Online courses with optional in-classroom classes and labs each week will ensure students have flexibility and choice based on their needs or preferences.

This fall, The King’s University will capitalize on its strengths as a small campus community and focus on providing its students with a choice for course delivery.

Following guidance and restrictions set by the Government of Alberta and its Chief Medical Officer, King’s will offer courses online with the opportunity for in-person classes and lab experiences scheduled at least once per week. Online alternatives for in-person course components will also be made available for every student to ensure equitability and ease of access.

“This hybrid strategy will provide students with maximum flexibility for learning. Students and their families will be able to choose what best suits their respective needs,” states King’s President, Dr. Melanie Humphreys.

Students can expect a number of changes when they return to campus this fall.  Course timetables will be modified and extended over more of the day to incorporate extensive health and safety measures. In-person classes will be limited to a maximum of 30 students and held only in rooms that allow for at least 36 square feet of space per person – ensuring 6 feet of physical distance can be maintained at all times. Where possible, the same classroom will not be used for consecutive classes to accommodate increased cleaning between occupancies.

“This hybrid strategy will provide students with maximum flexibility for learning. Students and their families will be able to choose what best suits their respective needs,” states King’s President, Dr. Melanie Humphreys.

Students can also expect to see hallway traffic modifications, adjustments to student services delivery, multi-access mental health supports, and modified campus life programing, to ensure a safe but enjoyable campus experience.

To guarantee an exceptional, positive learning experience for each student, the university is investing in video conferencing technology for every learning space. Professors will also receive training this summer that will empower them to ensure the online components of their courses are interactive and engaging.

“Our size has always a positive with regard to a student’s learning experience but it’s an even greater strength during this time,” notes Dr. Humphreys. “We’re going to leverage this to provide our students with an unmatched university experience.”

 

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