ECU is working hard to ensure your upcoming academic year is both well-supported and rewarding. Please see ECU President Gillian Siddall's March 9 Update on the Fall 2021 Term for a response to the news that post-secondary institutions in BC are to begin preparing for a safe return to on-campus activity this fall.
Meanwhile, scroll down to find some key points, and an FAQ with answers to any questions you may have.
- Lectures are being conducted entirely online. To avoid health risks related to indoor gatherings in public spaces, all lectures are being delivered “live.” They are recorded for viewing at a later time for those students who either can’t attend the live viewing, or wish to otherwise refer back to a lecture after the fact.
- 70% of ECU's Spring 2021 courses are online-only; the remainder are "hybrid" courses, which include a maximum of 30% in-person activities. If you register for a hybrid course it is assumed you will be able to participate in the full range of activities, both online and in person. If you register for a hybrid course but may be unable to come to campus, we advise reaching out to the instructor to talk about options. While instructors may not be able to approve all requests, it is important to start the conversation as early as possible.
- Timed examinations, where applicable, will be replaced by other methods of evaluation. This may include a grade which gives more weight to a cumulative assessment of work submitted throughout the year.
- The format of final assignments and projects will be specific to each course. The location of students, as well as the amount of access they have to campus, will be taken into consideration to ensure an equitable and supportive learning environment.
- Shops and studios are currently operational, though with fewer people in them at any one time. This is to provide safe distancing per ongoing health guidelines. In cases where a shop or studio reaches its limit for occupancy, priority will be given to work which is required for hybrid courses and advanced programs.
- Health measures, including hand sanitizer stations, physical distancing protocols, stay-at-home orders for community members who may feel unwell, and low-occupancy rules for campus spaces help ensure that in-person, on-campus activities prioritize the ongoing safety of students, staff and faculty.
- Online learning support is available. Staff from the Writing Centre, Counselling + Wellness, and the Library have compiled a guide to online learning. It includes tools, strategies, recommendations and links related to online learning.