Information for Teaching Faculty

Publish date: April 28, 2020 5:00 pm

Spring and Intersession Offerings Available Digitally (May - August 2020)

NIC’s Spring and Intersession courses and programs will be delivered digitally so students learning can continue during the COVID-19 crisis.

Students registered in the two 7-week sessions (beginning May 4 and July 6) and the 14-week term (beginning May 4) will not need to come to campus to complete their courses, participate in labs or take exams. Please watch for an email from your instructor, who will provide specific course information.

Students in trades, technical, health, human services, professional photography and other cohort-based programs will receive information about their program completion directly from their instructor.

To support students, NIC’s student services are readily accessible from where students are. These include Advising, Financial Aid, Counselling, Student Employment Services, Office of Global Engagement, Library and Learning Commons, and Accessible Learning services, which are now available by phone and online to all students.

For more than 40 years, NIC has been an innovator in technology-enabled learning and we bring that commitment to our students this spring and summer. The Centre for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CTLI) continues to support faculty using technology-enabled methods of teaching. Check the website and your email for information from CTLI and your Dean.

Thank you all for your extraordinary commitment to students and each other.

Yours in learning,

Lisa Domae, PhD
Executive Vice-President, Academic and Chief Operating Officer
North Island College

Education institutions, including public post-secondary institutions, have been declared a non-health essential service by the Province for the purposes of facilitating remote learning or performing essential functions. NIC has suspended regular face-to-face operations until further notice. Spring and intersession courses will be delivered online and NIC student services are available through alternate delivery. For more information on the essential service declaration, see the List of COVID-19 Essential Services.

Please stay in touch with your chair and dean by checking your email regularly.

Please work directly with your Department Chair to discuss programming considerations.

Please work directly with the responsible administrator to discuss programming considerations.

There are many ways to ensure you meet the essential learning outcomes for your class, depending on your individual circumstances. Using your best judgement, decide which essential learning outcomes will need to be met. This may include finalizing grades and ending classes, compressing learning and considering alternate delivery methods or continuing compressed class learning with social distancing practices. If you need additional resources, email ctli@nic.bc.ca.

Please see the following handouts:

It is important to keep in regular contact with your students regarding any changes to your course. We recommend communicating changes clearly as soon as possible.

  • Communicate with students via their NIC email;
  • Use Blackboard Learn; and
  • Use BlueJeans to set up virtual office hours

Consider whether handwritten assignments can be submitted to you. If they cannot, be sure that any digital tools that you use are mobile-friendly. More students will have access to cell phones than they will computers. Ensuring that students have points of entry, no matter their hardware limitations, is necessary.

Care and compassion first. Continue to communicate, share, listen and understand. Students will need the comfort and safety of you as their instructor to understand what is going on. Communicate often. Check in often. If a student is in considerable distress, refer them to Student Services.