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Winter 2021 Term

RDC will offer a mix of in-person, online and blended classes for Winter 2021 Term. Please see the information and links below for Winter 2021 Term:

Overview of RDC's Plan
Course Delivery Across Programs
Student Services  
Coming to Campus in Winter Term

Overview of RDC's Plan for Winter 2021 Term

How will Red Deer College offer courses in Winter 2021 Term? 

RDC will offer a mix of online, in-person and blended courses starting in January 2021. The College will be increasing in-person course and service delivery for Winter Term, continuing to follow Alberta Health guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of all those on campus. 

How many people will be on campus? 

We project that between 2,000 to 3,000 students (about 40% of RDC's students), in addition to the faculty and staff who support these students, will be present on main campus each day. 

What is RDC doing to protect the health and safety of people on campus? 

The health and safety of our students, employees and guests remain our top priority. We will continue to follow RDC’s specific COVID-19 guidelines, which include physical distancing, mandatory face coverings, hand washing/sanitizing stations, and additional practices. Washrooms will also be open throughout the main campus.

All people who come to campus will be required to complete the mandatory COVID-19 Training before coming to campus the first time, and they will also have to complete the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Alberta Health Daily Checklist using the SAFE RDC app every day they are on campus. 

Maximum occupancy guidelines have been established for individual classrooms and all other learning and office spaces. Fewer than 50 people will attend individual classes, labs or seminars on-campus.

In-person classes will be staggered throughout the day to help reduce the volume of traffic in the College's halls. RDC's main campus has been mapped into 13 different zones to help identify the appropriate number of individuals situated in any given zone at one time, which in turn help us to identify the overall capacity of people on-campus each day.

There will be increased signage across campus to help direct traffic flow, including one-way traffic in stairwells.

Course Delivery Across Programs 

How has RDC determined how programs will be offered in Winter 2021 Term? 

RDC has carefully and creatively reviewed delivery across all programs to determine how to provide the best overall learning and student experiences. To determine what will be delivered in-person, online or through a blended format, we have used curriculum-based decisions, and we have also identified the suitability of each program, course, lab, shop or seminar for the specific delivery method. 

What does blended course delivery mean? 

Blended delivery means a combination of online and in-person learning. This may mean taking theory portions of a course online and completing lab, shop or studio portions in person. For a list of course delivery terms and definitions, see the Definitions page.  

What programs will be in-person? 

Programs that will be offered in-person on RDC’s main campus include: 

  • Transitional Vocational Program 
  • Pharmacy Technician  
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant  
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant  
  • Engineering Technology Programs (Electrical, Instrumentation and Mechanical)  
  • Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) - has multiple delivery paths, as identified below 
    • 200-level ELCC courses will be on-campus 
    • 300-level ELCC courses will be online 
    • Both Certificate and Diploma courses will continue to be offered fully online 

What Schools and programs will have blended delivery? 

Schools that will offer blended courses (a mixture of in person and online courses) include: 

  • School of Arts and Sciences – select courses are blended, with one day in person, on campus 

Programs that will be offered through a blended learning model (shops/labs are in-person or one-day lecture/week will be offered on-campus) include: 

  • Apprenticeship programs 
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (ACCT/MGMT courses only) 
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing – labs and/or special use space  
  • Health Care Aide – labs  
  • Kinesiology and Sport Studies – labs and/or special use space 
  • Legal Assistant  
  • Practical Nurse – labs and/or special use space 
  • Science programs (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering) – labs 
  • Visual Art and Bachelor of Fine Art – most studio classes 

What programs will be online? 

All other programs, courses, labs and seminars will be delivered fully online.

This is to reduce the number of people on campus at any given time, helping to protect the RDC community from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. By having fewer people on campus, we will help to mitigate the risk, and we will adhere to Alberta Health protocols for capacity in the different areas – or zones – of main campus. 

How can I learn more about my specific courses? 

As you plan for Winter Term, please note that RDC’s Academic Timetable is currently being finalized and will be available in mid-November. This will have complete details about each course, describing if it will be offered through in-person, blended or online delivery. When the Timetable is finalized, the College will share this with students through social media, RDC emails and TheLoop

Why was my program chosen to be online, and not in-person or through a blended format? 

Across the College, senior leaders and faculty have looked at the curriculum for each program, and the suitability of each program to be delivered in-person or online. Using these guidelines, we’ve considered how we can best support student success in their learning and program completion. This resulted in the decisions about whether courses would be online or in-person.   

I have questions about my program. Who do I contact?

Please reach out to your School Advising and Recruiting Specialist to discuss your specific questions. You can contact your Advising and Recruiting Specialist at:

  • School of Arts and Sciences: artscienceinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
  • School of Creative Arts: creativearts [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
  • Donald School of Business: dsbinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  
  • School of Education: education [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  
  • School of Health Sciences: healthsciences [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  
  • School of Trades and Technologies: tradesandtechnologies [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  

For Winter 2021 Term, my program is in a blended format with one/day per week in-person classes. Do I have options?

We understand that every student has a unique situation. Our Academic Advisors are here to help. Please contact your School Advisor to discuss what options might be available for you.  

What if my courses are all online? Can I still participate in in-person activities? 

RDC recognizes that in-person interactions are an important part of students’ experiences. We will continue to explore creative and safe opportunities in which RDC can provide these in-person experiences to our students. Please stay connected with the College, as we will share updates as they are available.  

Can I postpone my Winter 2021 term until I can be guaranteed an in-person learning opportunity?  

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee future in-person learning opportunities due to the COVID-19 situation. If you are already registered for an upcoming term, please contact your instructors to learn more about how courses will be delivered in your program.  

Student Services during Winter 2021 Term 

How can I access student services in Winter Term? 

With the increased in-person activities on campus in Winter Term, RDC will also increase our in-person service offerings. Additional details will be provided as decisions are made. 

While the College will provide in-person student services and study spaces, we are not otherwise encouraging students to remain on campus outside of attending specifically scheduled classes.

Please note that, for Fall Term, most student services can be accessed primarily through virtual appointments. You can find out more about these current services by visiting the Service Updates page. 

Can I still access services online? 

RDC is planning to offer service for students both in-person and online during Winter Term. Details will be provided as decisions are made.   

Will the Library be offering in-person services? 

Yes, the Library will continue to offer in-person and online assistance, as they have throughout the Fall 2020 Term. Students, faculty, and staff can continue to study or use the Library facility, access Library resources and services. For details about these services and their procedures, please visit the Library page. 

Will Academic Supports be available? 

Yes, Academic Supports will be available for students through in-person and online bookings. Visit the Academic Support page for a list of supports that are available for students. 

Is RDC's Child Care Centre open? 

Yes, our Child Care Centre is open and accepting applications for Winter 2021 Term. Child Care services are available to RDC students and staff, and members of the community, with priority placement given to RDC students. If you’re interested in learning more, please see the Child Care Centre page. 

Will the Campus Store be open in-person? 

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. Curbside pick-up is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you’re already on campus, the roll-up window within the Campus Store is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For additional details, please visit the Campus Store page. 

Is Residence open for Winter 2021 Term? 

Yes, Residence is open and still accepting students to live here this Winter 2021 term. Residence has implemented a series of precautions following provincial guidance to help create a safe community within Residence and on campus. For more information, contact Residence by email or phone: residence [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca or 403-342-3257. 

Can I move into Residence before the Winter Term starts? 

Winter Term move-in will occur between January 2 and 4, 2021. If you want to move in sooner, we can work with you to secure accommodation in December to allow you time to move-in and get acquainted to Residence and the campus prior to the start of the Winter 2021 Term, if you are a current student. 

Will I have to pay for parking?

Parking is complimentary for students, faculty, staff and guests for Winter 2021 Term, and Residence parking fees are also waived.

What food services will be available?  

Limited food services are available on campus. In Fall term, the Students’ Association’s FarSide Bar and Grill is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. As well, vending machines are located throughout Main Building and in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. We are anticipating some additional food services on campus for Winter 2021 Term. Stay tuned for more information. 

Coming to Campus in Winter Term

Will other study spaces on campus be open (besides the Library)? 

We recognize the desire to have casual study spaces open on campus. At this time, casual study spaces will still not be available for the remainder of the Fall 2020 Term. We are looking at what casual study spaces could be opened for the Winter 2021 Term. Please stay tuned for more information. Please note, you can book a study space in the Library.

Why can’t I drop-in to campus to study?  

As Fall 2020 Term continues, we are taking every precaution to help protect people from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Main campus is open but with limited access. To manage the number of people on campus at a given time, we’re asking only those who require to be on campus to come. This might include students who have scheduled shops or labs, students who have booked a space in the Library, or those coming for another specific purpose. To book a space in the Library, click here.

Do I have to complete my class or lab and then leave campus? Or can I stay on campus? 

With increased traffic of students, faculty and staff on campus for Winter 2021 Term, it’s important that we continue to follow Alberta Health guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of all those on campus. To help minimize people on campus at any given time, we’re asking that people come to campus for their specific purpose and then leave.  

Do I have to wear a face covering if I’m on campus? 

Yes. Face coverings must be worn at RDC in all common areas, whenever a two-metre distance cannot be maintained and by everyone over two years old. Everyone coming to campus is responsible to provide their own face coverings.  

Is there anything else I have to do before coming to campus?

Yes. At this time, the process for coming to campus in Winter Term will be the same as for Fall Term. Please see Coming to Campus this Fall for full details. In general, please note the following:

  • Do not come to campus if you are ill
  • Complete the mandatory COVID-19 Training, which is located under the My Courses tab on Blackboard; this only has to be done once, so if you have taken the training for Fall, you do not have to re-take it for Winter Term  
  • Each day you are on campus, complete the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Alberta Daily Health Checklist using the SAFE RDC App  
  • Maintain a two-metre distance whenever possible
  • Wear a face covering in all common areas and whenever a two-metre distance cannot be maintained
  • Wash your hands frequently


Contact Us

RDC Main Campus 
Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

RDC Main Campus Location
100 College Boulevard | Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5