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Hybrid Learning and Study in Canada

October 2020

The unpreceded times that have been brought upon us has taken several industries to an area of uncertainty. The field of overseas education is no different, with the sudden lockdown and travel restrictions brought in place, students were left flabbergasted as to what it means for their education prospects.

One of the most popular study destinations, Canada hosts a significant number of international students. Out of which Indian students form a significant proportion of the attendees. With the travel restrictions being brought in March 2020, students were met with a roadblock and were not able to travel to Canada. International students as well as universities are adapting to the new normal and hybrid learning is now the answer to all our woes.



Online Classes

Universities and colleges in Canada have shifted to the online medium. Classes that were earlier conducted through the medium of face to face communication were now shifted to the virtual medium to ensure that the learning prospects of the students continue. Students looking to study abroad in Canada must remember that although the education medium has been shifted online, the learning outcomes that students attain still remain the same. If students decide to commence their journey through the online medium, they ensure that there will not a gap in their CV. However, many students are sceptical about commencing their classes online, because they believe this will take away their experience of studying in a foreign land. However, universities are ensuring that their online classes are interactive in nature so that students do not lose out on any experience. Activities are conducting in such a manner that active participation of all students is sought after to ensure that the learning prospects remain enhanced. To ensure that students continue to study abroad in Canada, the government has also brought in provisions that ensure even though students are attending their classes online, their post-study work rights still remain intact provided they complete 50% of their courses in Canada. This acts as another reassuring factor to students when they think about their future prospects in Canada

Hybrid Learning

Now that it has been a few months and the concerned parties have had time to adapt to the situation, universities are now offering a larger number of classes online. Not just this, but universities are also looking at a hybrid model of learning wherein students will be met with an amalgamation of both online as well as offline classes. Thus, courses in Canada will be taught catering to both the theoretical as well as practical aspects through the medium of virtual and physical learning. This ensures a fine balance of both, thus, catering to the health as well as the educational needs of students. When the situation does get better and students are able to travel to Canada, they must be prepared to adhere to social distancing norms and attended classes online as well as offline. Students who are currently studying online can look forward to attending classes in person and get assimilated into the hybrid form of education. A major advantage of hybrid learning as mentioned before is the fact that they continue to remain eligible for post-study work rights.

Latest Updates

  • Students graduating from DLI's in Canada that offer Post-Study Work Rights are eligible for the same if their classes were moved online or they were required to put their study on hold or study part-time owing to COVID-19.
  • Students outside Canada who cannot travel due to the restrictions but possess a student permit, have an approved permit, have applied, or will apply for a permit before Jan'21 semester is eligible for Post-Study Work Rights.
  • Students looking to commence online classes can remain eligible for Post-Study Work Rights under the following circumstances:

1. Students graduating from DLI's in Canada that offer Post-Study Work Rights are eligible for the same if their classes were moved online or they were required to put their study on hold or study part-time owing to COVID-19.
2. Students outside Canada who cannot travel due to the restrictions but possess a student permit, have an approved permit, have applied, or will apply for a permit before Jan'21 semester is eligible for Post-Study Work Rights.
3. Students looking to commence online classes can remain eligible for Post-Study Work Rights under the following circumstances:

  • Time spent on online classes from outside Canada since Spring'20 counts towards Post-Study Work Rights, even if students have applied for their study permits before commencing their programs.
  • Until April 30, 2021 time spent studying outside Canada will not result in a reduction of Post-Study Work Rights.

Advice

Thus, as study in Canada consultants, we encourage our students to commence their application process as all the cards are in their favour. Get in touch with us today to have a trusted hand through study in Canada prospects.

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Also read: Study in Australia Amid the Pandemic



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