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What types of educational delivery modes are available at VIU this fall?

April 20, 2021

A guide to the revised timetable options

With the direction and support of BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, VIU is now planning for a safe return to on-campus instruction for Fall 2021, taking into account the health and safety Dr. Henry mentioned in her letter to post-secondary presidents. Information about how most courses and programs will be delivered will be available through the timetable system on April 26, 2021.

On April 26 when the Fall/Spring timetable becomes available, the system will indicate on a course-by-course basis whether the course is:  

  • In-person (face-to-face);
  • Blended (online and in-person) synchronous (in addition to scheduled in-person activity you are required to attend a virtual component at a specific time each week); 
  • Blended (online and in-person) asynchronous (in addition to scheduled in-person activity you are not required to attend a virtual component at a specific time but can complete online course materials on your own schedule);
  • Online synchronous (you are required to attend a virtual component at a specific time each week) 
  • Online asynchronous (you are not required to attend a virtual component at a specific time but can complete online course materials on your own schedule). 

The timetable will clearly identify these course delivery modes for each course in the upcoming Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Semesters. We learned a lot from our experiences this past year, and realize some programs and courses benefit from flexible delivery options. Depending on their program, students may find more blended and online opportunities available to them this fall.

Delivery Modes

Delivery Mode

Description

Blended Asynchronous

Delivery is split between face-to-face and online; students engage in the online component on their own schedule.

Blended Synchronous

Delivery is split between face-to-face and online; students are required to attend both components at scheduled times.

Co-op

Delivered in a workplace or similar setting.

 

Face-to-Face

Delivered at a scheduled time with instructors and students in the same physical space.

Field School – Out of Country

Co-ordinated trip outside of Canada where students participate in learning adventures.

Field School – Canada

Co-ordinated trip within Canada where students participate in learning adventures.

Internship

Delivered in a workplace or similar setting.

Online – Asynchronous

Online delivery; students engage in course on their own schedule.

Online – Synchronous

Online delivery; students are required to attend at scheduled times.

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