Humber to offer both online and limited in-person education in Fall 2020 term
In the face of a global health crisis, we have all been called upon to rapidly adapt to new realities. While the world continues to grapple with the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Humber will focus on our existing expertise in providing rich, career-focused education that prepares graduates for success.
It is with this, the safety of our students and community, and the guidance of public health authorities in mind, that we plan to provide both interactive online and in-person education in the Fall 2020 term. Sixty per cent of our programs will be offered entirely online, with the remainder having both online and in-person components. All electives will be delivered online.
You can find the complete list of programs and their mode of delivery here.
This coming Fall semester will be different for everyone. We welcome those of you who are starting at Humber, and welcome back those who are continuing or completing your studies. No matter where you are in your educational journey, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to you.
Fall term academic plans have been designed to meet student needs and follow Humber’s tradition of excellence in teaching and learning, and expertise in delivering online courses. Please note:
- Online learning will include virtual experiential activities and opportunities for students to engage meaningfully with their professors and each other using different platforms and technology.
- On-campus learning will only occur for courses where it is safe and necessary to do so.
- Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components.
- The amount of time that students will be required to be on campus will be limited to those specific courses.
- Regardless of delivery mode, all classes will include regular interaction with your peers and faculty.
- Your professors will be accessible and have regular office hours.
- Work-Integrated-Learning remains an important part of our program delivery. Each program will determine how it is integrated into respective curriculum during the Fall term. This includes off-campus activity such as field and clinical placements.
Over the next few weeks, you’ll hear more from your program about what you can expect in the Fall term. The college may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.
Students from the Winter and Summer terms who were unable to complete their in-person requirements may have the opportunity to return to campus in July and August, if public health and government guidance allows. If that is the case, we will contact you to provide you with those details.
Information Sessions and Student Services
We know you will have questions about the upcoming semester. We will hold program information sessions throughout the summer. These sessions will give you the chance to ask questions and receive updates on our planning and about your classes. You will receive information directly from your program or the Registrar’s Office about when these sessions will be held.
Student services will remain primarily online for the Fall term. Please see the latest list of services and their mode of delivery. When we are able to open libraries, computer labs, study and other spaces, there will be strict rules about physical distancing, and limited numbers of students will be allowed in these areas and on campus.
Fees and Financial Support
Financial aid information, including bursaries and scholarships, can be found on our website. If you have questions, you can also email email@example.com. We’ve also posted information about government support for students.
There are no changes to tuition fees for the Fall 2020 term. Tuition fees support the cost of academic program delivery and are not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online).
Just as for the current Summer term, compulsory ancillary fees will reflect our ability to deliver services. Information on these adjustments, residence availability and other campus services will be shared in the coming weeks.
Your safety and wellbeing
Our decision to offer a mix of online and in-person classes means that you can continue to pursue your career and academic goals, rather than put them on hold, during this uncertain time.
The safety of our community members remains our top priority. We have a dedicated team working on plans for the safe, gradual reopening of our campuses, and we will continue to work closely with the government and public health authorities to ensure that we are adhering to all guidelines established for any potential on-campus activities. While these guidelines may change the look and feel of our campuses, the Humber community has already demonstrated a tremendous capacity to adapt and work together toward a common goal.
We also understand that advice from the authorities may change quickly and we may need to respond just as rapidly. This may mean needing to slow down a return to campus or shift our approach and we are prepared to do that. We will provide you with clear, ongoing communications and keep you informed of any impacts on your studies or our services. We continue to post regularly at humber.ca/updates.
In the meantime, we are focused on the future. The future of our students, the future of learning at Humber and future contributions of our graduates to this new world.