UdeS online Friday, but research continues

UdeS online Friday, but research continues

As of Friday, most teaching activities at the University of Sherbrooke will be given remotely, the institution announced as Estrie prepares to move into the red zone.

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Isabelle Pion La Tribune As of Friday, most teaching activities at the University of Sherbrooke will be given remotely, the institution announced as the Estrie region is preparing to move into the red zone. Unlike the month of March when research activities were put on hiatus, they will continue. In this sense, the situation is very different from last March, notes Rector Pierre Cossette.

“It's completely different. It has been established that the research that must be done on site will be done on site, ”he says, stressing that researchers are used to working in a risk management context.

“We don't stop research at all. We are going to minimize the staff on site, but we are continuing our research activities 100%. “

This fall, approximately 60% of teaching activities were able to take place face to face. UdeS has chosen to bet on a hybrid model, maximizing face-to-face as much as possible. Dr. Cossette is also proud of the work accomplished so far.

Although most courses will be offered remotely as of Friday, exceptions are planned, particularly for clinical simulation activities and teaching laboratories.

The rector addressed the university community on Tuesday, when the region will officially pass into the red zone on Thursday. So far, only one outbreak has been recorded at UdeS. To date, it has 131 cases identified since the start of the school year on all of its campuses. UdeS has more than 30,000 students.

The institution also notes that exams or other forms of evaluation identified by the faculties may also be held in person. The courses are also maintained “in accordance with the sanitary instructions” of each of the environments.

More details will be released over the next few days.

UdeS online Friday, but research continues

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The announcement does not change UdeS's resolution to maintain the same approach for the winter 2021 term, i.e. to maximize face-to-face. “It is certain that if the Estrie and Montérégie remain in red, we will respect the instructions of Public Health,” notes Dr. Cossette.

Asked about the increase in psychology consultations at UdeS, Pierre Cossette does not hide his concern for students. “We know that this is not ideal for mental health, but we are in a perspective of minimizing the risks”, he said, recalling that it is in particular for this reason that we wanted to privilege the presence on the campus.

Pierre Cossette emphasizes that the institution was ready to make the change quickly. Universities had to put together a contingency plan so that they could offer courses online quickly in the event of a critical situation. This plan was to be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education this fall.

At the same time, teleworking becomes the preferred method for employees.


At Bishop's University, a little less than 50% of classes were face-to-face or in hybrid mode before going into the red zone. This proportion of students could choose to show up in the classroom at one time or another if they wanted to, compared to others who attended classes completely online.

The institution estimates that around fifty courses will require face-to-face attendance, due to activities that require compulsory attendance, such as laboratories or in music.

The English-speaking establishment has around 400 students in its residences. These remain open. “If the courses are online and they can take them from home, they are encouraged to do so,” notes spokesperson Olivier Bouffard, noting that Bishop's is flexible.

The institution records a drop of around 99 international students compared to last year. About 505 international students are enrolled. La Tribune wrote on Saturday that UdeS has recorded a drop of nearly 30% of its international students due to the pandemic.

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