A Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic: Our Recovery Story

By Bow Valley College Modified on March 01, 2021

Find out how Bow Valley College has made the most of online learning.

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A Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic: Our Recovery Story

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early March 2020, Bow Valley College's focus was to ensure that our learners could continue with their studies while keeping safe. This meant moving our staff and students from the classroom to virtual learning platforms. Thanks to donors such as the Calgary Foundation, Bow Valley College was able to make sure that our instructors were equipped with the right tools and learning opportunities to design online classrooms so our students could transition to remote studies with as little interruption as possible.

Success in online education

Within ten days, we were able to transition our learners and instructors from the classroom to a completely virtual learning environment with a 98% success rate using Microsoft Teams. Now, on any given day, over 9,000 students are taking 1,600 of our classes online.

Given our successful transition to online learning, Microsoft selected Bow Valley College to join their Microsoft Teams Technology Adoption Program.

"We can successfully engage learners in teaching and learning in a variety of ways within the MS Teams platform through recordings, breakout rooms, using Whiteboard, OneNote, and videos during class time. Our learners tell us they love the flexibility of the delivery model because it allows them to gain skills while maintaining other responsibilities such as work or family needs," reported Kim Hogarth, Former Associate Dean, Nursing at Bow Valley College.

Bow Valley College is here to support you in online learning. Visit our website or reach out to learn more!


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