What will the fall semester look like?
To change the world, you first need to be healthy and safe. So your safety comes above all else. Period.
Our campuses will have fewer people working on site this fall, and we are strictly adhering to all provincial health authority guidelines. We have implemented comprehensive cleaning and disinfection regimens, physical distancing protocols and group-size controls across the university. This applies to any labs or hands-on training taking place on campus.
For students from outside the region, know that you are coming to a small city and a mid-sized campus that both offer wide open spaces and a focus on keeping safe and healthy. While most classes are being taught online, if you do come to campus, you can be assured that it won’t be crowded and that teaching spaces are designed for utmost safety.
Courses will be (mostly) online and we will update the course schedule to show which courses will be delivered in person.
TRU has decades of experience offering education remotely. Open Learning, our distance education division, has been offering courses, programs and degrees to people since 1978, before many people had home computers—never mind the internet.
We’ve been bringing faculty and students together across time and space for four decades, and we can make this year at TRU a great year. And when you complete your program, you will have a whole new skillset, so that when you get the invite for your dream job’s Zoom interview, you’ll be ready.
In some cases, such as labs, shops or studios, you will learn on campus, within carefully controlled environments where safety comes first.
Review the Course Schedule for courses that will have on-campus components, which we will update to include building and room numbers.
Course delivery is not expected to be synchronous with the dates and times included in the schedules, but this information is included to provide a framework for students and instructors to plan for any touchpoints throughout the semester without conflicting with other course demands or obligations outside of school.
Expect well-planned, carefully designed online courses. They will mainly be offered through Moodle, but there may be other delivery systems available depending on the needs of each course.
Our in-class faculty members are learning from the expertise of our Open Learning instructional designers to improve their online teaching skills. We also have specialists in our Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) offering our faculty members additional support. All of that, along with the lessons we learned from shifting from classroom to online instruction in mid-semester will ensure that your first year at TRU will be a great year.
Hear from Our Faculty and Staff
Online information sessions
The following webinars are being offered for future and returning students:
September 3, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
This orientation provides new-to-TRU students with information about the services and resources available for support.
September 8, 10:00am - 11:00am
Join us for the LIVE new-to-TRU formal welcome to the University. This jam-packed hour will be full of information about the academic year.
September 8, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Meet graduate student mentors, faculty and staff from your program, and learn about campus support resources available.
September 9, 10:00am - 11:00am
A fun and informative one-hour workshop to learn the basics of using Moodle.
Learning Without Walls
A new resource site to support student learning
Learning Without Walls is now available as a student support space. The site provides assistance on making the most out of remote classes, practical guidance on using Moodle and other learning technologies, and pointers to academic and wellness supports.
Skills for online learning
New international students may begin and complete up to 50 percent of their program online from abroad in anticipation of a transition to Canada. These exceptional measures are in place until Dec. 31, 2020.