Thursday, 4 Mar 2021

Coronavirus: UBC says ‘preparations underway’ for system to move classwork online

The University of British Columbia says it’s working on a system to allow online instruction amid mounting concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Preparations are underway for the implementation of a system that would allow us to provide instruction online,” said spokesperson Matt Ramsay.

“We’re also exploring the potential of providing exams in a different format as well, rather than bringing students together for those things.”

However, Ramsay said as of yet there were no presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, and no immediate plans to switch to online classwork.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) says it is also “exploring” remote options for students, faculty and staff.

“We have a university-wide planning group that has been meeting regularly since January and we will continue to share updates with our community as this situation evolves,” said a university spokesperson in an email.

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