While COVID-19 won’t stop post-secondary institutions from opening their doors to students in September, many are expected to transition to an online or hybrid learning environment to promote physical distancing.
To help students prepare for this new style of learning, Sheridan College has announced a virtual workshop which will be available this summer.
The program, dubbed “Sheridan Start”, is described as a “highly interactive virtual workshop” open to students who have accepted their offer of admission and paid their deposit for Fall 2020.
According to the school, the workshop will allow students to preview Sheridan’s online academic environment, engage with professors and academic advisors, and build confidence in their ability to thrive in their chosen program, among other benefits.
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Morning and afternoon sessions of the workshop will be offered from July 20 to 30 and from August 10 to 21.
“We know that a remote or hybrid environment is not what learners initially imagined when they thought about post-secondary education,” says Carol Altilia, Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrolment Management.
“These new initiatives are designed to help people become better learners in an environment that may be unfamiliar. They respond to a critical review we’ve undertaken of our forced shift to remote delivery this spring.”
Sheridan Start was unveiled earlier this week on Sheridan Central, the college’s new online campus hub that was just launched last month.
“We’re firmly committed to supporting each and every learner in any way we can,” Altilia added. “Remote learning doesn’t mean learning alone.”
The school says its administrators and faculty are also working on a ‘Learn Well’ initiative for first-year students, which will provide resources and activities to address the unique conditions of remote learning environments.
Due to the pandemic, the school is giving students until October 9 to “trial” the new school year — students who aren’t satisfied will be allowed to withdraw from the fall semester and get their money back (not including residence fees).
More information can be found at Sheridan’s website.