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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Mount Allison and UdeM have declared an interim shift to online education

Mount Allison and UdeM have declared an interim shift to online education

Key takeaways:

  • Following the province’s record-breaking case numbers, two New Brunswick universities have announced that the winter semester will begin online.

Two New Brunswick universities have announced that the winter semester will begin online following the province’s record-breaking case numbers.

On Thursday, New Brunswick set a single-day record with 177 new COVID-19 cases, followed by another 163 on Friday.

When classes resume on January 10, Mount Allison University students will be required to take online courses for at least two weeks, according to a statement released by the university on Friday.

Also read: As interim measures take effect, N.B. reported 2 deaths and 133 new cases

“Changes like these are never easy to implement and necessitate collaboration across the university,” said Jean-Paul Boudreau, the university’s president, and vice-chancellor.

“Due to the presence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, case counts are expected to rise in the region. As a result, please continue to exercise caution as you finish the semester and return home.”

Similar moves have been made at the Université de Moncton. Online learning will begin on January 10 and last until January 14.

According to the university, some courses that require in-person attendance will be exempted in a statement to students.

The school anticipates reopening classrooms on January 17.

As of Friday, 16 more Omicron cases had been confirmed in New Brunswick, bringing the total to 30.

Mount Allison, UdeM announce temporary move to online learning
Mount Allison, UdeM announce temporary move to online learning. Image from Yahoo

The University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, and New Brunswick Community College has not stated whether they plan to start offering online courses in January.

Before classes resume on December 30, NBCC is requesting that students begin daily rapid testing to not attend class while infected.

According to the Francophone community college, vaccinations will be required for those attending classes on campus beginning February 18.

Several Nova Scotia colleges and universities have announced a transition to online learning for at least the first semester.

According to Nova Scotia Community College, Winter classes will begin as scheduled, but all classes will be available online until at least January 21. 

Except for some courses that must be held in person, Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College will also be online for the first two weeks of the semester.

Source: Global News

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