Humber College campuses will remain closed to the public this upcoming Winter semester and the majority of students will study online.
For those who attended the Fall 2020 semester, next term will be similar. The difference is that Humber’s plan for Winter 2021 benefits from the lessons learned during the Fall. Student feedback and experiences helped shape the new semester.
Fifty-two per cent of Humber programs will be offered entirely online. The rest will have both interactive online and in-person components. All electives will be delivered online this Winter.
Delivering polytechnic education
Humber is known for the hands-on and work-integrated learning opportunities it provides students through industry and employer partnerships and collaborations.
Students will still have those opportunities –including field and clinical placements – but they may be adjusted as each program will determine how to integrate them into the curriculum.
“Our commitment to providing polytechnic education remains as strong as ever. Our faculty and staff have worked collaboratively to come up with a plan for the Winter term that meets students’ needs and follows Humber’s tradition of excellence in teaching and learning,” said Chris Whitaker, president, Humber. “Regardless of the mode of delivery, students will interact with their peers and professors and faculty will maintain regular office hours.”
Adapting to change
Humber has been following all Public Health and Government of Ontario guidelines to keep campuses clean and safe.
The College’s decision to offer a mix of online and in-person classes allows students to continue to pursue their academic and career goals.
The COVID-19 pandemic, though, has proven to be unpredictable and challenging.
“Even if we need to shift our approach or further limit campus activity, the integrity of teaching and education at Humber will not change,” said Laurie Rancourt, senior vice-president, Academic.
“In the meantime, Humber will continue to demonstrate leadership and expertise in the realm of online learning. Academic and personal success is a community effort. Our goal is to stay connected, because we are stronger together.”
Most student services will also be delivered online in the coming months.
New students will have the opportunity to ask questions and get acquainted with Winter term plans during a Virtual Open House on November 14th.
For more information on Winter 2021 and Humber’s COVID-19 initiatives, visit humber.ca/updates.