Additional Information about Online Delivery in Fall Term 2020
May 14, 2020
Further to last week’s announcement that Red Deer College will be offering our courses online for Fall term 2020, the following information answers the most common questions that students and potential students have asked.
First, please know that students will receive a high-quality education through online delivery. Unlike the emergency shift to online learning in March, RDC's courses will be specifically designed and developed for online delivery for Fall term. This will provide a very different, positive experience for students and one that will serve them well as they transition to work or further learning in the future.
Our instructors are working with RDC’s experts in the Centre for Teaching and Learning to design courses for online, ensuring student interactions and activities are best suited for that delivery method. Students will receive the same credit and credentials through online learning, giving you the training and education you need to be successful.
Practical learning is a vital part of many courses at RDC. In developing courses for online delivery, RDC is looking at how to deliver labs, shops, studios, practicums and other experiential learning, as it makes sense for each course. This may mean that some labs could be online, and other labs or shops could be delivered later in the 2020/2021 year. For practicum or clinical placements, RDC is working with our partners to determine the best and safest way to offer these experiences.
Many have asked about tuition rates and whether these will be lowered due to online delivery. While the delivery method will temporarily change, students will still receive the same credit for their education and have access to the same student services, so tuition will not decrease. Other fees will be adjusted, or not charged, including the Activity and Wellness fee and Material and Special fees associated with individual courses.
To help mitigate financial strain students may experience, RDC has many opportunities for students to apply for scholarships and awards, and we encourage you to visit Funding & Awards to learn more. Please note the scholarship deadline for many awards is May 31, 2020. You can also schedule a virtual appointment with the Student Connect Centre to discuss your options.
We are available to assist you as you consider your path and prepare for next fall. Please connect with RDC’s Academic Support team, Counselling Services and the Library to learn more. You can also schedule an eAdvising session with one of our experts at rdc.ab.ca/advising.
Please stay connected to this webpage and RDC’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), as we will be sharing helpful resources for online learning throughout the coming weeks and months.
With the ongoing situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Red Deer College has determined we need to be proactive and prepared for the delivery of programs this fall. RDC will deliver programs and courses online in Fall 2020.
To help students plan and to allow instructors the opportunity to plan effectively for the Fall term, we are announcing now that RDC’s courses will be delivered online in September. Even if the restrictions related to COVID-19 are fully lifted by the fall, we believe it is important to establish RDC's plan now, out of respect for everyone involved.
The online programs and courses that RDC offers this fall will not be emergency response delivery: they will be courses developed and designed for online learning, providing the best possible opportunities for our students.
We recognize there are outstanding questions, and planning continues to finalize a variety of processes.
The practical and hands-on aspects of programs are an important part of our students’ education. People may wonder what will happen with Apprentice programs, labs, practicums and other opportunities. RDC’s Schools are currently establishing courses for delivery online in Fall 2020 and for delivery of courses with labs, practical/clinical, or shops through 2020/2021.
When it comes to course delivery in Winter Term, it is difficult to project what may change between now and January 2021. RDC will continue to inform students and community members as decisions are made about course delivery for the Winter Term 2021.
Things will also continue to look different across our campuses this fall, including services for students, the Library, food services, Residence accommodations, RDC Athletics, and many more areas. Red Deer College is actively planning to answer questions people may have, to help ensure students have a positive experience next year. We will provide updates regularly to our students and community members, as information becomes available.
College staff are available to assist students as they prepare for next fall. We invite students to learn more about a variety of services and resources including Academic Support, Counselling Services and Funding & Awards.
When it comes to researching and registering for classes, the timetable is being updated to accurately reflect how RDC will be delivering its courses in Fall Term 2020. This will take into consideration when and how to best deliver courses with labs, practicums, clinicals or shops.
For this reason, as we previously announced, the start of Continuing Student Registration has been moved from May 5 to June 9, 2020 and the start of New Student Registration has been moved from May 19 to June 23, 2020. The timetable will be available for viewing on May 26, 2020 to assist all students in planning for the 2020/2021 academic year.