Photo Submitted

Photo Submitted

Burman University campus open as classes move online

Residency is available to student who feel they work better on campus than at home

Students preparing for another semester at Burman University will be doing so from the comfort of their sofa.

While the campus at Burman University will be open this semester, all class will be held online.

“Things are going to be different. We are asking our students to have patience and to be considerate of the safety of others and themselves,” said Jr Ferrer, vice president of marketing and enrolment for the university.

All the classes in the fall semester has been specifically designed to be delivered through a digital platform.

Ferrer says the staff at the university have undergone extensive training over the past few months to better facilitate learning online.

“We don’t want our students to be hampered by learning online,” said Ferrer.

Burman University is looking at way to provide classes with a lab component, such as chemistry, for the students.

The university is also searching for ways to allow the school’s popular choral class to proceed under the health directives from the Province.

“No determination has been made yet, but we are looking at our options.”

The extensive training staff have undergone also includes new ways of testing. Normally exams have to be written in person, but Ferrer says the staff have developed a new way to test.

“In some classes you may even see no testing happening, and instead larger projects and assignments may take its place,” he explained.

Burman University’s campus will remain open during the fall semester, and this includes residency for students.

This was done because a large percentage of the students asked for it, according to Ferrer.

“A lot of students asked to be able to come back to campus but still do classes online. This is because some don’t have the best situations for learning at home and feel they will work best on campus,” he said.

To keep physical distancing practises in place while students are living on campus, all rooms will be single occupancy.

As of publishing, the university has not made a decision about classes for the winter semester.

Ferrer expects those decisions will be made in late September or some time in October.

“We need to have all the necessary information first, before we make a decision about students returning to regular classes,” said Ferrer.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ponoka Mayor Rick Bonnett is trying to enlist support from other municipalities for more equitable provincial funding for small and rural municipalities.
Photo from Town of Ponoka
Ponoka arena closing, Santa Claus Parade officially cancelled

Town of Ponoka announces new COVID-19 restrictions

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said growing COVID-19 case numbers continue to be a concern in the province. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta announces 1,077 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

There are currently 14,052 active cases in the province

Bids for Kids poster
Wolf Creek Youth Foundation online auction gets ‘overwhelming’ response

Santa’s Bids for Kids auction to benefit youth programs in Ponoka and Rimbey

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the 500 deaths from COVID-19 in the province are a tragic milestone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta hits ‘tragic milestone’ with more COVID-19 deaths

Province up to 500 COVID-19 deaths, adds 1,265 cases

File Photo
Sylvan Lake Town Council asks for a mask bylaw to be brought forward for consideration

The bylaw would require face coverings in all indoor Town-owned and operated facilities

The corporate headquarters of Pfizer Canada are seen in Montreal, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The chief medical adviser at Health Canada says Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be approved in Canada next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Health Canada expects first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved next month

Canada has a purchase deal to buy at least 20 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine,

People wear face masks as they pose next to a Christmas display in Montreal, Sunday, November 22, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
How to tell family their Christmas gathering is too risky and you’re not going

Dr. Hurst says it’s best to frame the conversation from a place of care, stressing safety precautions.

A sign instructs people to wear masks in downtown Calgary on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Pub and restaurant owners are trying to figure out how to comply with a stricter COVID-19 measure in Alberta that dictates only six people from the same household can sit at one table. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Brewpub owner pleased Alberta not closing sit-down dining as COVID-19 cases soar

Alberta’s caseload of COVID-19 infections has been growing for weeks

This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)
Canada can make vaccines, just not the ones leading the COVID-19 race

Canada has spent more than $1 billion to pre-order seven different developing COVID-19 vaccines

(File photo)
Alberta woman charged after allegedly hitting boy with watermelon at B.C. campsite

Police say a disagreement among friends at an Adams Lake campsite turned ugly

A pedestrian wears masks while out walking in front of the Alberta Legislature as the COVID-19 numbers spike in Edmonton on Tuesday November 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Doctor says Alberta restrictions not enough to reduceCOVID-19 strain on hospitals

Mithani notes people are still allowed to gather indoors at large places of worship and in bars,

Most Read