Frequently asked questions about the 2020-21 academic year

How will I know if my courses are offered in-person, through alternative delivery methods or blended?

The 2020-21 academic year at UNB will be delivered through a blended learning model that includes alternative delivery methods and in-person classes and labs.

The delivery method for each course is identified in the course registration system. The UNB course timetable indicates if courses are offered through in-person instruction, alternative delivery method or a combination of the two. The delivery method for each course is specified by the classroom assignment. Additional notes will be added in the comment section if appropriate. If the course delivery method is not listed, please contact your faculty for details.

In-person: Courses delivered by an instructor with students in attendance will have a physical room listed.

Alternative delivery methods: Courses delivered remotely using a variety of learning strategies selected by the instructor will have the code AD listed under the room assignment.

Combination: Courses offered using a combination of both in-person instruction and alternative delivery methods will list a physical building for the in-person component, AD for the portion offered remotely and combination will be noted in the comment section. TBA (to be announced) will be listed if the course has not yet been assigned an actual location.

Admitted undergraduate and graduate students who have already registered for their fall courses can view the delivery method of each course through the myUNB portal under class schedule.

Students who are unable to participate in mandatory in-person courses and labs that do not have an alternative delivery method option but are required to meet program outcomes and satisfy lab and practicum requirements must contact their academic advisor immediately for program advising.

Are classes offered through alternative delivery methods time specific or can I study on my own time?

All courses will follow the dates and times as outlined in the course syllabus. Students should be prepared to engage in full-time study and be available as per the course timetable.

Virtual instruction that is scheduled at a specific time will also be available by other methods. Students will be able to access course content through other delivery methods based on the instructor’s choice.

Will alternative delivery methods include live lectures which provide students a chance to interact with professors and other students, and actively ask questions?

Course instruction offered via alternate delivery methods will provide opportunities to interact with course professors. Students will be able to access course content through various delivery methods selected by the instructors. All students will have ample opportunities for interaction with instructors who will be available for questions and to support learning.

How will UNB assist students transition to learning remotely?

Study strategies, time management skills and self-discipline will help students succeed in a self-directed environment while learning remotely. Follow these remote learning strategies to efficiently manage course work, review course material more often and perform well on exams and assignments. 

The Associated Alumni's recent webinar, “Creating an ergonomically healthy workspace at home,” explores how to create a healthy workspace using what you already have in your home. The webinar was presented by UNB alumna Annie Barnwell (BScKIN'02, MSESS'06), CCPE, Senior Ergonomist at EWI Works International Inc.

The Student Accessibility Centre will continue to work with students with learning disabilities to assist them to plan and adapt to remote learning.  Contact your campus centre for questions related to accessibility.  

First year students transitioning to university:

Reach out to Student Services groups on the UNB Fredericton and Saint John campuses for more information on how you can access UNB Student Services remotely.

I want to defer my offer. What is the process?

Contact the Admissions Office to discuss your deferred admission options. Include your student number when submitting questions to the Admissions Office. You will find this number on your letter of acceptance. Undergraduate deferral requests can be submitted online by completing the undergraduate deferral form.

Can I take a reduced course load?

Yes. The decision to reduce your course load and registration changes should be done in consultation with your academic advisor:

International students registered in less than the equivalent of three courses per term should be aware that this may affect their eligibility for a Post-Graduation Work Permit once they complete their studies at UNB. If you have questions about immigration, contact:

Graduate students: Contact or the specific program officer for your field of study.

How will the quality of ADM education be ensured and how will in-person lab skills be taught online? Who can we contact with issues?

Faculty have participated in professional development sessions to enhance their knowledge about using remote learning strategies, adapting courses and using a blended learning approach. Faculty have spent the past months carefully and intentionally planning to best support students in this new reality. Over 600 faculty have enrolled in workshops to enhance their ability to teach remotely.

Faculties and programs have implemented various strategies to deliver lab skills via ADM, such as the development of lab kits or the use of simulation programs. However, some labs do require in-person instruction. Students who are unable to participate in labs that require in-person instruction should contact their program advisors directly.

We understand that blended learning models change the students’ overall experiences at university; however, faculty and staff are committed to providing a high standard of academic programming. Students with specific academic concerns should reach out to their professor or contact their department chair or faculty dean.

Will group work still take place?

In-person group work may still take place on UNB campuses but must be managed in accordance with New Brunswick Public Health guidelines, including physical distancing. Face masks are required in the presence of others, in common areas and shared spaces inside all public spaces in UNB buildings.

How will UNB handle the academics of someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19? What will be the expectations of someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19?

UNB will work with students to provide appropriate academic accommodations. All students who miss classes due to experiencing flu-like symptoms, who are COVID-19 monitoring or who have tested positive for COVID-19 and in are in quarantine are encouraged to contact their department with questions or concerns about the interruption of the academic component of their program.

Students should inform their instructors and other relevant contacts of their need to be absent from class using normal university procedures at UNB Fredericton and UNB Saint John. Medical documentation will not be required for short term absences due to flu-like symptoms.

The course and nature of COVID-19 are difficult to predict. Each student situation will be dealt with on an individual basis.

If you are unwell or experience COVID-19 symptoms, stay home. Take a self-assessment to find out if you should be tested for COVID-19. Call 811 or your healthcare provider and follow the direction of New Brunswick Public Health. If you are having difficulty breathing or experience severe symptoms, call 911 immediately.