Coronavirus: UBC to offer online instruction for larger classes in fall term

The University of British Columbia says it will offer online instruction for larger classes during the fall 2020 term, while some smaller classes will be conducted in person, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

“We will maintain a clear focus on ensuring high-quality face-to-face instruction, where possible, and high-quality remote instruction,” president Santa Ono wrote in a letter to students, faculty and staff.

Each faculty will provide details about specific programs in the coming weeks, he added.

Most post-secondary schools in B.C. moved to online learning in mid-March to finish the spring term, after the province enacted a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

UBC is still looking at ways to safely bring more people back to campus in the fall, but officials acknowledged there are unique challenges with more 60,000 students.

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