Autumn 2021 Information

Last update: 9 August 2021 @ 11:16CDT

For the Autumn 2021 semester, most of our courses will be delivered online. Last year, our entire teaching team met the challenge of online teaching head-on and delivered an incredible suite of undergraduate (and graduate) courses in the Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters. They did so without sacrificing integrity, student engagement and scholarly excellence.

We will continue to deliver our courses (both online and in person) with an eye to providing the outstanding educational experience that our students both expect and deserve. Our graduates are known for their skills, analytical capabilities, resourcefulness and knowledge. We are proud of them, and we will continue to offer the kind of University-level educational experience for which we are known. 


How will courses be offered in the Autumn semester of 2021?

Most courses will be entirely online. Those courses that will be offered in person will be indicated as such when you register.  For those in-person courses, please see the On-Campus Learning FAQ.

Online courses are not simply "remote" learning where you read material, take a test and get a grade. Quite the contrary. Collectively and individually, our teaching staff have invested an enormous amount of time planning for how we can add value to your courses in such a way that facilitates your learning and overall education. Depending on which courses you take, you will experience a range of learning styles and approaches, including time-shifted video lectures ("asynchronous" learning), live lectures via Zoom ("synchronous" learning), live tutorials, moderated online discussion forums, and video-submission assignments for both individual and group projects, to name a few. Further, it is even not unusual to have Professors 'drop in' in on their colleagues online lectures from time to time, especially in the senior years.

Online learning presents numerous challenges, to be sure, but also massive opportunities. We are excited about what we have been able to do, and confident in our ability to deliver the quality higher education foundation you seek.

You can learn more about online classes at UW.  Please also ensure that you review the University's Remote Teaching, Learning and Research Hub.

If I take one of the BUS courses that is offered 'in person' (i.e., at the UWinnipeg campus), will there be an option to learn/study remotely instead?

Not at this time, no.  The only instance where an in-person course transitions to online delivery will be when it is deemed necessary by the University in response to public health guidance and/or requirements.  This would apply to all students registered in the course.

But what about tests and/or exams for online courses?  Will these be done in person or online?

These will be done online for online courses.  Your Professor or Instructor will provide detailed information at the beginning of the semester.

What about textbooks?

The University of Winnipeg bookstore will faithfully continue to stock textbooks as it always has, and in many instances you may be able to purchase an e-book. Your Professor or Instructor will make you aware of any textbooks via their Course Outline, which you will receive on or before the first day of class.

Do I need a computer or any special kind of software for online courses?

You will need access to a fairly modern computer.  Most courses will be facilitated using the Nexus course management platform. Be sure to check out the computer equipment and software you will need to access Nexus, the wide range of introductory videos, the helpful student FAQs and other tips at the University's Remote Teaching, Learning and Research Hub.

For your studies, you will need Microsoft Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint.  All University of Winnipeg students have access to these applications at no charge via Office 365. Some of your Professors or Instructors may also ask that you register for one or more free online learning enhancement platforms that have become increasingly popular.

Finally, many courses will be using Zoom for lectures, tutorials, and one-on-one or group consultations, so you should review the University's student guide to using Zoom.

I've heard that online courses are easier than in-person classes.  Is this true?

Absolutely not. All of our online courses are designed to facilitate learning while maintaining the strict integrity that students and employers expect from University-level education. Tests, exams and assignments will continue to be challenging but fair.    


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