VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — BCIT is joining post-secondary institutions throughout the province and will be offering classes online, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The technology institute says, given the hands-on and practical nature of BCIT’s unique programming, the transition has been complex and multi-faceted.
“Given BCIT’s complexity, this transition will occur on an as-possible basis to ensure our students’ academic goals are respected, our technology is available and effective and – most importantly – that we protect the ongoing health and wellbeing of our community during this unprecedented pandemic situation,” the statement from the institute reads.
BCIT’s Broadcast and Media classes have been cancelled March 16-22. Meanwhile other @bcit programs that can transition to online are doing so. “Given BCIT’s complexity, this transition will occur on an as-possible basis”. @CityNewsVAN @NEWS1130 @BT_Vancouver pic.twitter.com/UuzI9SzqPP
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Students are being encouraged to go to BCIT’s website to see what sort of modifications have been made to their courses.
“We understand that this is a significant change in our program delivery and there will be questions and details to be determined as this rolls out. We ask for and appreciate your patience as we deliver on this transition in this rapidly evolving situation.”
Classes will be cancelled for this Monday and Tuesday while the administration works on the transition.
As for students working on part-time studies, classes have completely been cancelled.
The move follows similar steps by UBC, SFU and the University of Victoria to offer more online classes.
In Prince George, the last face-to-face classes at the University of Northern British Columbia will take place on Wednesday.