Online Class Delivery for Fall 2020 Term
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Red Deer College is delivering the majority of our classes online for Fall 2020 Term. For information regarding Winter 2021 Term, please click here.
Please see the information and links below for Fall 2020 Term.
Overview of Online Learning
How do I know if I need to come to campus for my classes?
New, continuing and apprenticeship students can view their schedules through theLoop for details on the delivery of their courses.
How can I access my courses?
You will access all your courses through TheLoop by clicking on the Blackboard icon. Blackboard is a Learning Management System that houses your course content. Please note: unless your instructor has allowed for earlier access, you will not be able to log into your course until the first day of class.
Blackboard also provides access to any supports you need around learning. You will find information about – and links to - Library services, Tutoring options, the Test Centre and much more on the “Learning Common tab” in Blackboard.
We recommend doing a Blackboard browser check before you use Blackboard to make sure you have the necessary software on your computer.
What can I do to prepare for online learning?
RDC has an Online Success Toolkit that supports students with the unique challenge of learning online. It offers resources, how-to guides, activities and ideas that will promote your success as online learners. You can access it in Blackboard under the “My Organizations” box on the myRDC tab.
How do I know if my computer and internet meet the requirements for online learning?
Your computer and internet connection are key components for online learning. We’ve developed a helpful page that details the technical requirements for online learning, so you can make sure you’re prepared before classes begin.
What if I have other technology questions?
If you have technology questions, IT Services can help students find information, get help when you need it, search for knowledge articles on issues you may have, and submit a service request if you can’t find what you are looking for.
Exams, Illness Reporting and Course Completion
What happens if I am scheduled to write an exam at RDC, but I have developed COVID-19 symptoms?
Please do not come to campus if you are ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. You can visit RDC’s COVID-19 Illness Reporting Procedures page, which includes a link to Alberta Health Services, as well as the process to undertake for reporting an illness to your instructor.
When will I know the dates for my final exams?
The Final Examination Schedule for Fall 2020 Term will be available on November 13, 2020.
Where can I find the schedule for final exams?
On November 13, 2020, the Final Examination Schedule will be available on TheLoop, Home Channel, and scroll down to the bottom to find the link to the Timetable View – Fall 2020 Final Exam Schedule.
What should I do if I am ill on the day of my final examination?
You can apply for a Deferred Final Examination, as identified in RDC’s Final Examinations Policy. You can find the Deferred Examination Application on RDC’s website (available as a Word or PDF document). Completed forms should be emailed to admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. If your application is approved you will receive further instruction from the Test Centre or your Instructor.
What if I can’t complete my course(s) for Fall 2020 term?
All students can still withdraw from courses up until the last day of classes on December 9, 2020. A course withdrawal will result in a WD on your transcript. Students may apply for a late withdrawal after the last day of classes if there are extenuating circumstances.
The Course Add/Drop Request and the Late Drop Request are available online. Completed forms should be submitted to admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.
Students who can’t complete their courses as a result of illness can apply for a late drop from courses. A late drop does require documentation that you are ill. Students may request a grade of Incomplete in consultation with their instructor to allow completion of the course after the term end date.
Textbooks, Course Packs, ILMs and Supplies
How do I order my textbooks and course materials?
You can order new and used textbooks, course packs, ILMs, art and other supplies online from RDC's Campus Store. Course materials and items can be ordered online through rdc.ab.ca/campusstore, or over-the-phone by calling 403.342.3245.
You may also find textbooks through the Used Bookstore operated by the Students’ Association of Red Deer College. Please sageneral [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email )the SA or contact 403.342.3200 if you have questions.
How do I receive my textbooks and course materials?
The Campus Store is currently closed for in-person shopping, but course materials and items can be shipped to your house or they are available through curbside pick-up starting August 24.
Once you purchase your course materials and supplies online, you can request curbside pick-up which will be available Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Once you are at RDC, call the Campus Store at 403.342.3245 and staff will bring your order to you. Curbside pick-up is in Parking Lot C on the north side of the Library.
On rdc.ab.ca/campusstore, if the textbook says "choice," it will give digital or print options. Not all course materials are currently available in digital format, but the Campus Store is working with publishers to increase the availability of digitalized content.
Are Student Services available?
The Students’ Association also offers a variety of services including a used bookstore, health and dental plans, food bank, and on-campus food and beverage service through the Far Side Bar and Grill.
Information for International Students
As an international student is there anything else I should know or do before the Fall term begins?
We recommend you frequently check COVID-19 Updates for International Students for information specific to study permits and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announcements and policy changes.
Any international students who have questions about textbooks, study permits/IRCC, online learning, or travel to Canada, are encouraged to email their questions to international [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.
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