UB prepares for new semester; online learning now paramount

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“We will not be going back to the ‘old normal’. The pandemic (COVID-19) has already changed the way we live our lives. We are asking everyone to treat the decisions about where they go, what they do and who they meet with as life-and-death decisions—because they are.” World Health Organization
The University of Belize UB is currently preparing once more to engage the students in its teaching and learning for Semester One. That starts in the new academic year 2020-21 which begins on the 1st of August 2020.
The 1st of August is a very special day, as UB will be celebrating 20 years of existence.
As aforementioned “with a raging pandemic still in place, the health and safety precautions that has been recommended must be adhered to,” writes Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, Ph.D., President of UB.
As a consequence, the new normal for the learning process is being adjusted. For example, teaching will once more be through online education, using the Moodle platform or the Google Classroom. For those courses where there is a practical component, in the laboratories, face-to-face teaching will occur with appropriate health and safety precautions.
On the practical side, all entering the UB campus must wear a mask, comply with the minimum social distance standard of three to six feet and maintain hygiene etiquette.
As a good measure, the Wi Fi capabilities will be strengthened across campuses so that students can have access to the internet in an open space. The good news is that students without access to WiFi or computers at home will have access to UB’s campuses and the controlled use of computer laboratories.
Meanwhile, the Office of Distance Learning (ODL) will continue to support UB’s faculty and students with online training and learning respectively.
Registration for the new and returning students will be from the 10th to 14th August 2020 under the Office of the Registrar. Classes will formally begin on 17th August 2020, either online or in blended format.
Referring to UB, in the House of Representatives on Friday, Minister of Education the Hon. Patrick Faber assured that “there is not an intention at this time to lay off anyone…no such firing or termination will be done”