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Universities in Canada are preparing to offer most of their courses online for Fall semester

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Universities in Canada will be going ahead this fall, but students may be learning primarily through a screen.

According to the latest updates from universities across Canada, many post-secondary institutions are now officially gearing up to offer most of their classes online this September.

On Monday, McGill University announced that their fall classes will be conducted primarily online so that all students can participate, no matter where they are in September.

“As our situation evolves, and as public health restrictions on social gathering are lifted, we will examine possibilities for on-campus student life and learning activities,” the statement reads.

“These may include activities such as small classroom-based seminars, conferences, tutorials, workshops, or reading groups as well as various campus life and engagement activities.”

The University of British Columbia (UBC) will also offer a mixture of online and in-person classes in September according to a Monday news release.

“We are pleased to see positive signs of ‘flattening of the curve’ in B.C., but we know that we must take care and proceed in keeping with provincial public health directives and guidelines,” said President Santa Ono in the email.

UBC will “primarily” keep large classes online, while certain small classes will be held in person.

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The University of Victoria (UVic) announced on Monday that it will also conduct the fall semester almost entirely online.

“We are committed to offering students options for staying on track, graduating on time, and meeting their learning goals,” UVic president Jamie Cassels said.

He added that UVic will look at offering in-person instruction for experiential learning, graduate education and work-integrated learning where “health and safety permits.”

Concordia University and Red Deer College are also planning to take most of their courses online for the fall semester.

Other Canadian post-secondary institutions are expected to provide their students with an update on what the fall semester will look like in the coming weeks.

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