Fanshawe's winter semester pushed back, online learning to continue

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The winter semester will now run from Jan. 10, 2022 to April 22, 2022.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the province, Fanshawe College has announced that the winter semester will begin five days later than originally planned, with just 40 per cent of classes to be delivered in-person.

The winter semester will now run from Jan. 10, 2022 to April 22, 2022. Fully online programing will not be affected, however, students that were enrolled in blended programs can expect more online learning in the winter term. In-person teaching and lab activity will be available only where needed. The winter study week, meanwhile, will take place from Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 to Friday Feb. 25, 2022, as planned.

“As we continue to plan for the future, we have an opportunity to blend the creative benefits of in-person learning with remote delivery,” said president Peter Devlin in a note to staff on Dec. 16. “Our new winter plan anticipates about 40 per cent of program delivery will take place in the classroom. Depending on the program, the remaining time will be divided between online delivery, field placements and independent learning.”

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According to the college, while the shift to more online delivery means there will be fewer students on campus during the winter 2022 semester, the number of students attending classes and accessing student services in person will be higher than the college has seen since March 2020. There are currently 18,000 students registered for the winter semester.

While access to campus facilities and classroom delivery is not expected to change, residences were projected to return to full capacity in January, as previously planned. Student services will be available both in-person and online.

Staff to return to remote work

Most staff will return to working from home whenever possible. Decisions will be made by departmental managers regarding whether or not their staff will remain on campus, based on student needs. This direction will remain in place until at least Feb. 28.

President Devlin first announced the changes to the winter semester at the president’s holiday open house on Dec. 15. Official communication was then sent to students and staff the following day, detailing the changes to the winter semester.

Students are advised to watch their emails for the most up-to-date information regarding class delivery in the winter term.