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Spring 2021 Information

Business and Administration


SPECIAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE SPRING 2021 SEMESTER

Last update: 29 March 2021 @ 08:20CDT


The global pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to cause significant disruption. For the Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters, the University of Winnipeg moved most teaching activities online. Given the subjects we teach, the Department of Business and Administration is naturally known for being rather adept at planning, strategy and adapting to change.  As a result, our entire teaching team met the challenge of online teaching head-on and delivered an incredible suite of undergraduate (and graduate) courses in the 2020-20201 regular academic session. More importantly, they did so without sacrificing integrity, student engagement and scholarly excellence.

For the Spring 2021 semester, we will continue to deliver our courses online 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. 

The following video was recorded in the Summer of 2020 in the lead-up to the Fall 2020 semester, but it still has strong relevance as we go forward:


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

Courses will be entirely online. What this means for you is not simply "remote" learning where you read material, take a test and get a grade. Quite the contrary. Collectively and individually, we 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.

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

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

What about textbooks?

The University of Winnipeg bookstore will still 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?

You will need access to a fairly modern computer (or capable tablet). 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.    
 


KEY LINKS 

University of Winnipeg Remote Teaching, Learning and Research Hub 

Latest COVID-related updates from the University of Winnipeg

Government of Manitoba COVID updates