Fall 2020 at MHC
Prepare to Learn
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions that have impacted our college and community, MHC remains committed to providing a quality educational experience for students. Faculty and staff are hard at work to ensure your learning is rich and engaging and that you have access to the information and resources you need to start your program with confidence in September.
This page will serve as a central hub for updates about course delivery and technology requirements. Course details will be finalized by the end of July, so please watch your student email account for specific updates related to your program.
Terms & TechnologyWhat does blended learning meaning? What technology do I need to study online this fall? Find answers to these other questions below and watch this page for updates related to your learning experience at MHC.
Programs or a course can be designated as online. If your program is designated online, it means that your first semester can be completed without coming to campus (e.g. you can start your program from anywhere).
Courses designated as online will a section code that starts with WB (e.g. WBMA)
Programs or a course can be designated as Blended. If your program is blended, you may have some courses online, some in person, or some classes where there is a mix of both (e.g. you are only on campus sometimes)
If the section code you are registered in is marked with a “BL” it means that the specific course is blended and you will need to be on campus on a part time basis to take the class.
Instructors or staff may refer to on-site learning or an on-site component to your course. This will mean attendance on your programs home campus (eg. Criminal Justice is offered on the Medicine Hat campus, so you would attend that building. Practical Nurse would attend on the Brooks Campus.)
Off-site might be used to refer to a specific location like the hospital or another specific location where you will be attending in-person, but not at a specific MHC campus. Usually off-site refers to practicum placements.
Practicums are real world learning experiences that generally need to be done in person. Specific details of how your practicum are run are coordinated between practicum sites, your program and a host of other supports. Check your email regularly as details on practicums are subject to some details outside of our control and we always hope to provide up to date information on what can be expected.
Different programs will have different needs for technology in order for students to have the best possible online experience. When the term appropriate technology is used, the basic requirements are:
- a computer that can access the internet,
- speakers,and a
Students should also check their specific program page to ensure that there are not additional technical requirements to run specific software or access specialty programs specific to their program (eg. Built Environment Engineering Technology or Information Technology programming)
Synchronous learning is online or distance education that happens in real time. Online lectures are delivered live, with opportunity for interaction.
Course content is pre-recorded (e.g. lectures) and made available for students to access at any time, from any device.
While hardware and software requirements may vary from course to course, it is recommended that all students have the following items available at minimum for September 1, 2020.
- Stable Internet connection
- Computer or laptop
Help keep our campus healthy
Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention is important. Please visit the COVID page to learn about your responsibilities, how to access campus, and what to expect.