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Winter 2021 Term

RDC will offer a mix of in-person, online and blended classes for Winter 2021 Term. Please see the information and links below for full details:

Overview of RDC's Plan
Course Delivery Across Programs
Online Learning
On-Campus Learning
Student Services  
Coming to Campus in Winter Term
Exams, Illness Reporting and Course Completion

Overview of RDC's Plan for Winter 2021 Term

How will Red Deer College offer courses? 

RDC will offer a mix of online, in-person and blended courses starting in January 2021. The College will be increasing in-person course and service delivery for Winter Term, continuing to follow Alberta Health guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of all those on campus. 

Will courses be online for the first week in January?

Yes. As we plan for the future, reviewing the situation at RDC and witnessing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases across Alberta, RDC has identified that the first week of Winter Term (January 4 to 8, 2021) will be conducted fully online for all courses, labs and seminars. See the November 16 COVID-19 update for complete details. Please note: the only exception to this is the Medical Lab Assistant program; otherwise, all other programs will be offered fully online.  

How many people will be on campus? 

We project that between 2,000 to 3,000 students (about 40% of RDC's students), in addition to the faculty and staff who support these students, will be present on main campus each day. 

What is RDC doing to protect the health and safety of people on campus? 

The health and safety of our students, employees and guests remains our top priority. We will continue to follow RDC’s specific COVID-19 guidelines, which include physical distancing, mandatory face coverings, hand washing/sanitizing stations, and additional practices. Washrooms will also be open throughout the main campus.

All people who come to campus will be required to complete the mandatory COVID-19 Training before coming to campus the first time, and they will also have to complete the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Alberta Health Daily Checklist using the SAFE RDC app every day they are on campus. 

Maximum occupancy guidelines have been established for individual classrooms and all other learning and office spaces. Fewer than 50 people will attend individual classes, labs or seminars on-campus.

In-person classes will be staggered throughout the day to help reduce the volume of traffic in the College's halls. RDC's main campus has been mapped into 13 different zones to help identify the appropriate number of individuals situated in any given zone at one time, which in turn help us to identify the overall capacity of people on-campus each day.

There will be increased signage across campus to help direct traffic flow, including one-way traffic in stairwells. Please see Coming to Campus for additional details on RDC's protocols. 

Course Delivery Across Programs 

How has RDC determined how programs will be offered in Winter 2021 Term? 

RDC has carefully and creatively reviewed delivery across all programs to determine how to provide the best overall learning and student experiences. To determine what will be delivered in-person, online or through a blended format, we have used curriculum-based decisions, and we have also identified the suitability of each program, course, lab, shop or seminar for the specific delivery method. 

What does blended course delivery mean? 

Blended delivery means a combination of online and in-person learning. This may mean taking theory portions of a course online and completing lab, shop or studio portions in person. For a list of course delivery terms and definitions, see the Definitions page.  

What programs will be in-person? 

Programs that will be offered in-person on RDC’s main campus include: 

  • Transitional Vocational Program 
  • Pharmacy Technician  
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant  
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant  
  • Engineering Technology Programs (Electrical, Instrumentation and Mechanical)  
  • Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) - has multiple delivery paths, as identified below 
    • 200-level ELCC courses will be on-campus 
    • 300-level ELCC courses will be online 
    • Both Certificate and Diploma courses will continue to be offered fully online 

What Schools and programs will have blended delivery? 

Schools that will offer blended courses (a mixture of in person and online courses) include: 

  • School of Arts and Sciences – select courses are blended, with one day in person, on campus 

Programs that will be offered through a blended learning model (shops/labs are in-person or one-day lecture/week will be offered on-campus) include: 

  • Apprenticeship programs 
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (ACCT/MGMT courses only) 
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing – labs and/or special use space  
  • Health Care Aide – labs  
  • Kinesiology and Sport Studies – labs and/or special use space 
  • Legal Assistant  
  • Practical Nurse – labs and/or special use space 
  • Science programs (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering) – labs 
  • Visual Art and Bachelor of Fine Art – most studio classes 

What programs will be online? 

All other programs, courses, labs and seminars will be delivered fully online. (Please see below for details and information about online learning.)

This is to reduce the number of people on campus at any given time, helping to protect the RDC community from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. By having fewer people on campus, we will help to mitigate the risk, and we will adhere to Alberta Health protocols for capacity in the different areas – or zones – of main campus. 

How can I learn more about my specific courses? 

RDC’s Academic Timetable provides complete details about each course, describing if it will be offered through in-person, blended or online delivery. The Timetable is available online

Why was my program chosen to be online, and not in-person or through a blended format? 

Across the College, senior leaders and faculty have looked at the curriculum for each program, and the suitability of each program to be delivered in-person or online. Using these guidelines, we’ve considered how we can best support student success in their learning and program completion. This resulted in the decisions about whether courses would be online or in-person.   

I have questions about my program. Who do I contact?

Please reach out to your School Advising and Recruiting Specialist to discuss your specific questions. You can contact your Advising and Recruiting Specialist at:

  • School of Arts and Sciences: artscienceinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
  • School of Creative Arts: creativearts [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
  • Donald School of Business: dsbinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  
  • School of Education: education [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  
  • School of Health Sciences: healthsciences [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  
  • School of Trades and Technologies: tradesandtechnologies [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  

For Winter 2021 Term, my program is in a blended format with one/day per week in-person classes. Do I have options?

We understand that every student has a unique situation. Our Academic Advisors are here to help. Please contact your School Advisor to discuss what options might be available for you.  

What if my courses are all online? Can I still participate in in-person activities? 

RDC recognizes that in-person interactions are an important part of students’ experiences. We will continue to explore creative and safe opportunities in which RDC can provide these in-person experiences to our students. Please stay connected with the College, as we will share updates as they are available.  

Can I postpone my Winter 2021 term until I can be guaranteed an in-person learning opportunity?  

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee future in-person learning opportunities due to the COVID-19 situation. If you are already registered for an upcoming term, please contact your instructors to learn more about how courses will be delivered in your program.  

Online Learning

How do I know if I need to come to campus for my classes? 

New, continuing and apprenticeship students can view their schedules through theLoop for details on the delivery of their courses.  

How can I access my courses?

You will access all your courses through TheLoop by clicking on the Blackboard icon. Blackboard is a Learning Management System that houses your course content. Please note: unless your instructor has allowed for earlier access, you will not be able to log into your course until the first day of class. 

Blackboard also provides access to any supports you need around learning. You will find information about – and links to - Library services, Tutoring options, the Test Centre and much more on the “Learning Common tab” in Blackboard. 

We recommend doing a Blackboard browser check before you use Blackboard to make sure you have the necessary software on your computer. 

Want to learn more? The Library has created information on how to login to Blackboard and a useful guide to help you navigate through your courses in Blackboard. 

What can I do to prepare for online learning? 

RDC has an Online Success Toolkit that supports students with the unique challenge of learning online. It offers resources, how-to guides, activities and ideas that will promote your success as online learners. You can access it in Blackboard under the “My Organizations” box on the myRDC tab. 

How do I know if my computer and internet meet the requirements for online learning? 

Your computer and internet connection are key components for online learning. We’ve developed a helpful page that details the technical requirements for online learning, so you can make sure you’re prepared before classes begin.  

What if I have other technology questions? 

If you have technology questions, IT Services can help students find information, get help when you need it, search for knowledge articles on issues you may have, and submit a service request if you can’t find what you are looking for.  

Can I study at RDC if I'm taking my classes online?

Yes. Starting on January 11, students who are looking to study on campus can study in the Library. RDC's Library no longer requires students to book a seat at a study table or a computer, and there are no time limits when using those spaces. The only spaces that will require students to book are the Library's Study Rooms and Cubicles, which will have a daily maximum time limit of two hours. Get complete details on the Library's hours and services here

For steps to take before you come to RDC's campus, visit Coming to Campus

Student Services during Winter 2021 Term 

How can I access student services in Winter Term? 

With safely increasing in-person learning opportunities on campus in Winter Term, RDC will also increase our in-person service offerings. RDC will continue to offer services remotely and online, as well, using a variety of methods (e.g. online appointments, email and phone).  

Please refer to the Service Updates page for a complete list of service areas and the latest information on the College’s delivery.    

Coming to Campus in Winter Term

Is there anything I have to do before coming to campus?

Yes. Everyone who comes to RDC's campuses is required to follow these steps to help reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus:

  • Complete the mandatory COVID-19 training. This only has to be completed once, prior to coming to RDC's campuses. Full details are available at Coming to Campus
  • Check in each day you are on campus using the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Alberta Daily Health Checklist using the SAFE RDC App
  • Wear a face covering. RDC implemented face covering protocols in August, and the Government of Alberta introduced mandatory face coverings in all indoor facilities in December. View full details at Coming to Campus.
  • Maintain a two-metre physical distance. In addition to wearing face coverings, everyone at RDC is required to maintain physical distancing whenever possible. 
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer regularly. Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout RDC's campuses. 
  • Stay home if you are ill. If you suspect your illness may be related to COVID-19, then visit the Alberta Health Services website or contact Alberta Health link at 811.

Complete details are available under Coming to Campus

Where can I study on campus?

Students who are looking to study on campus can study in the Library. RDC's Library no longer requires students to book a seat at a study table or a computer, and there are no time limits when using those spaces. The only spaces that will require students to book are the Library's Study Rooms and Cubicles, which will have a daily maximum time limit of two hours. Get complete details on the Library's hours and services here

Students who have in-person classes and are looking for a space to go during breaks can also study in the Nova Chemicals Learning Common, the Cenovus Learning Common, and booths on campus. Everyone who comes to campus is reminded to adhere to all signage posted and to adhere to the protocols regarding physical distancing and available seating. 

Exams, Illness Reporting and Course Completion 

What happens if I am scheduled to write an exam at RDC, but I have developed COVID-19 symptoms? 

Please do not come to campus if you are ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. You can visit RDC’s COVID-19 Illness Reporting Procedures page, which includes a link to Alberta Health Services, as well as the process to undertake for reporting an illness to your instructor. 

When will I know the dates for my final exams? Where can I find the schedule?

The Final Examination Schedule for Winter 2021 Term will be posted on March 12, 2021. It will be posted on TheLoop, Home Channel, and scroll down to the bottom to find the link to the Timetable View – Winter 2021 Final Exam Schedule.  

What should I do if I am ill on the day of my final examination? 

You can apply for a Deferred Final Examination, as identified in RDC’s Final Examinations Policy. You can find the Deferred Examination Application on RDC’s website (available as a Word or PDF document). Completed forms should be emailed to admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. If your application is approved you will receive further instruction from the Test Centre or your Instructor.  

What if I can’t complete my course(s) for Winter 2021 term?  

All students can still withdraw from courses up until the last day of classes on April 9, 2021. A course withdrawal will result in a WD on your transcript. Students may apply for a late withdrawal after the last day of classes if there are extenuating circumstances.  

The Course Add/Drop Request and the Late Drop Request are available online. Completed forms should be submitted to admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.  

What if I get sick and can’t complete my course(s)?  

Students who can’t complete their courses as a result of illness can apply for a late drop from courses. A late drop does require documentation that you are ill. Students may request a grade of Incomplete in consultation with their instructor to allow completion of the course after the term end date.


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