Yellowhead Tribal College is pleased to announce that we will be offering blended delivery for the fall 2020 term for new and returning students, with a variety of online and in-person learning opportunities across all programs. The four Chiefs of the Yellowhead Tribal Council have taken student communications and public safety guidelines into consideration when making this decision. Blended delivery will be put in place this September to help us meet all our learners’ needs, ensure their success, and keep them safe.
Our programs vary widely in terms of size, course content, and existing delivery models. All students will retain the option to take all their courses online, as they may have no access to childcare, live with immunocompromised relatives, or have health concerns of their own.
For students who are able to attend in person, we will offer several forms of blended delivery, including:
On-site instruction streamed for online learners. This option accommodates learners who favour the opportunity to learn in a safe environment, where all precautions are in effect (social distancing, surface disinfecting, hand-washing, signage, and safety shields), while allowing remote learners to follow and participate from their homes. Our programs with small class sizes may take advantage of this model, in which students have the opportunity to be involved in the peer-to peer learning and a personal connection to the course, instructors, and support staff that happens with onsite teaching.
Online learning with some on-site teaching. This option has students meet for a short block of intensive instruction at the beginning or midway through the term, with the remainder of study online. This option will be favourable for our programs that feature more hands-on content.
Semi-independent delivery. This model has students meet as a group every second week for on-line, real time (3 hour) classes with their instructors. In the intervening weeks, students have one-to-one access to their instructors through email, phone, or on-line “office hours” to access needed learning supports. For example, over the course of fifteen weeks, the “odd” weeks might be scheduled for group seminars, while the “even” weeks will be open for one-to-one help with the instructor.
Our students can be assured of the health and sanitation of all college spaces, with access to PPE to observe and practise safety requirements. We endorse and are guided by all post-secondary health guidelines to ensure that our students, instructors, and staff share in maintaining a safe learning environment.
Further information can be provided by contacting your Department Head or Program Coordinator. All staff are being equipped to address your concerns and inquiries. Our first and top priority has been to our communities’ best interests in both health and learning. We look forward to serving you in the fall term in the mode of delivery that best suits you as a learner. Welcome back!