Thursday 29 October, 2020

UWI to roll out fully online classes for new semester

Pictured: Overhead view of UWI Library at the St Augustine Campus.

Pictured: Overhead view of UWI Library at the St Augustine Campus.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus has announced that it will move to full virtual delivery for Semester 1 of the new academic year.

Academic year 2020/2021 is scheduled to begin on August 30.

The announcement follows advice by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Saturday that teaching institutions will not reopen before 2021.

Staff and students were apprised of the new developments via an internal communique sent out by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland.

The Campus Principal said Deans and Heads of Departments will now make the necessary adjustments to fully pivot to online course delivery.

The new mode of content delivery includes modules that would normally have been delivered in a classroom setting.

Where modules cannot be delivered online and require students’ physical presence on campus, Deans and Heads of Departments will arrange for suitable alternative arrangements with teaching staff, in keeping with established COVID-19 protocols.

Copeland assured that the health and safety of the UWI community remains the first priority. 

He said: “I am confident that, by continuing to work together, we will ensure a healthy, safe, and successful start to the new academic year later this month.” 

Copeland said the expectation is for full delivery of all administrative, technical and support services at the Campus. 

All administrative, technical and support services at the Campus will continue, but access to the Campus during this time will be restricted to staff and authorised contractors.

Staff, students and stakeholders can expect further updates in the coming days via email and the UWI St Augustine’s social media platforms.

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