Over the past several months, we’ve had to learn new ways of doing things. We have marveled at the strength and flexibility shown by post-secondary institutions in Manitoba. We’ve been so impressed by the body of work at our partner institutions, to ensure a successful term of virtual learning.
With the fall semester well underway, our roundups are back! We are happy to highlight some of what’s been going on ‘from a distance’ across our province’s post-secondary landscape.
It’s clear how well Brandon University (BU) has adapted to keep students safe during COVID-19. Additionally, they helped students prepare to learn online.
Their virtual Pre-Orientation event, designed to give students a ‘first look’ at the university experience, drew around 100 people. Additionally, it offered a chance to bring the BU community together after a summer of uncertainty and separation. Lastly, it highlighted services available to students to cope with the new challenge of widespread online learning.
“Our current students got the new students so excited about BU and the wonderful things a small campus has to offer,” said Kathleen Richards, BU’s Acting Director of Recruitment and Retention.
The staff at University of Manitoba’s (UM) Student Accessibility Services (SAS) are always busy. However, they’ve worked extra hard in light of the pandemic to ensure students have equal opportunities to learn.
SAS supports students and faculty around a wide range of issues, including assistive technology skills, alternate learning formats, and academic integrity.
“We are proud to have such amazing students and supportive faculty considering how to best increase accessibility at UM,” said SAS Director Carolyn Christie.
After dropping out of high school to support her family, Suzy Dueck didn’t think she’d ever pursue a post-secondary education. But, having the option to learn in her home community is what gave her the chance to do it.
Suzy Dueck enjoyed an education close to home through RRC’s Winkler programs (Red River College).
Dueck says her goal after graduation is to remain in the community, growing her skills in nursing. She is grateful to be close to her family, which provides her with ongoing support. And her future is wide open.
A Canada Research Chair (CRC) at Universite de Saint-Boniface (USB) has been awarded a new term of funding. Professor Yves Frenette has been granted another seven years to study the migration stories of North American Francophones.
Francophone communities exist because of migration. Thus, study of migration is vital in acknowledging diverse experiences. Furthermore, according to Professor Frenette, the term allows him to emphasize the “impact of migration on the collective and personal experiences of Francophones in North America.”
Communities involved in the research include Saint-Boniface, Saint-Norbert, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes and Saint-Claude.
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Home to more than 300 open educational resources (OERs), the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative provides support to help you (as a faculty member) review, adapt and adopt open textbooks. If you’re a student, browse our collection of open textbooks that you can read, download or print for free.
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