Course Delivery at MHC

Winter 2022 Semester

Update: January 17, 2022

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support as we manage our response to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

After careful consideration, Medicine Hat College will return to scheduled in-person learning on Monday, January 24.

Throughout the pandemic, MHC has strived to manage access to education within a safe learning and working environment. Our goal is to provide a full range of learning opportunities and activities while reducing the risk of illness for our students, colleagues, and the community. MHC’s COVID-19 policy has created a controlled campus environment and risks are mitigated onsite with ongoing health and safety measures. COVID-19 Policy verification (proof of vaccination, negative rapid test, approved medical exemption) is still required for those coming on campus

Fall 2021 demonstrated our ability to be successful in a face-to-face environment and we believe this is achievable for Winter 2022, even when considering the Omicron variant. We know there will be cases but together we can work to manage disruption while continuing to support student learning outcomes.

Please be reminded to:

  • Stay home when sick. Do not come to campus with any symptoms and connect with your instructor to make arrangements if needed.
  • Wear a mask. Masks must be worn in all public spaces, classrooms, and labs.
  • Maintain physical distance where possible.
  • Consider receiving a booster shot if eligible. It is reasonable to assume that three or more vaccinations will become the standard at some point in the future.

While we have taken steps to support a safe working and learning environment, activities that happen off campus often affect our ability to do so. We strongly encourage everyone to limit their contacts where possible and continue to follow all provincial public health measures.

Update: December 22, 2021

As the situation around Omicron continues to evolve at a rapid pace, Medicine Hat College is taking proactive steps to offer predictability for the Winter 2022 semester.

In all our decisions, we lean on the principles of wellness for our students, employees and communities while providing access to meaningful educational experiences.

Based on these principles and public health information currently available, Medicine Hat College will modify the start of the winter semester:

  • The college will open as scheduled on January 4.
  • New Student Orientation has been postponed until Friday, January 7. Further details will be provided to new students early in the new year.
  • The first week of classes (January 4-7) is cancelled to allow faculty and staff time to make required changes to educational and service delivery. Some exceptions may apply, including:
    • Apprenticeship. These programs will begin as scheduled on January 4.
    • Select courses that are already fully online or where student completion may be at risk with a delayed start date. These exceptions will be communicated directly to students.
  • Classes will begin on January 10, either fully online or with a mix of online and in-person delivery. We anticipate this will be a temporary measure until January 21.
  • All practicums, clinical, and other off-site work integrated learning experiences will continue following the guidelines of the host site.
  • Support services will also shift into a virtual environment as appropriate until January 21.

COVID-19 Policy verification is still required for those coming on campus and a booster shot is recommended for those who are eligible. Masking is required until further notice.

Our goal is to bring all of us safely back to campus during the Winter term and that the above shift is a temporary measure.

Terms / Technology Requirements / Course Materials

What does blended learning meaning? What technology do I need to study online? Find answers to these other questions below and watch this page for updates related to your learning experience at MHC.

Online Delivery
Programs or a course can be designated as online. If your program is designated online, it means that your first semester can be completed without coming to campus (e.g. you can start your program from anywhere).  

Courses designated as online will a section code that starts with WB (e.g. WBMA)

Blended Delivery
Programs or a course can be designated as Blended. If your program is blended, you may have some courses online, some in person, or some classes where there is a mix of both (e.g. you are only on campus sometimes)

If the section code you are registered in is marked with a “BL” it means that the specific course is blended and you will need to be on campus on a part time basis to take the class.

This new delivery model emphasizes flexibility, allowing students to choose between online, face-to-face or a combination approach to support their learning.The BEET program will be offered via HyFlex for Fall 2021.

Instructors or staff may refer to on-site learning or an on-site component to your course. This will mean attendance on your programs home campus (e.g.. Criminal Justice is offered on the Medicine Hat campus, so you would attend that building. Practical Nurse would attend on the Brooks Campus.)

Off-site might be used to refer to a specific location like the hospital or another specific location where you will be attending in-person, but not at a specific MHC campus. Usually off-site refers to practicum placements.   

Practicums are real world learning experiences that generally need to be done in person. Specific details of how your practicum are run are coordinated between practicum sites, your program and a host of other supports. Check your email regularly as details on practicums are subject to some details outside of our control and we always hope to provide up to date information on what can be expected.

Appropriate Technology
Different programs will have different needs for technology in order for students to have the best possible online experience. When the term appropriate technology is used, the basic requirements are:

  • a computer that can access the internet,
  • speakers,and a
  • webcamera/microphone.

Students should also check their specific program page to ensure that there are not additional technical requirements to run specific software or access specialty programs specific to their program (eg. Built Environment Engineering Technology or Information Technology programming)

Synchronous Learning
Synchronous learning is online or distance education that happens in real time. Online lectures are delivered live, with opportunity for interaction.

Asynchronous Learning
Course content is pre-recorded (e.g. lectures) and made available for students to access at any time, from any device.

While hardware and software requirements may vary from course to course,  it is recommended that all students have the following items available at minimum:

  • Stable Internet connection
  • Computer or laptop running Windows 10
  • Apple Mac OS 10.15 or newer for Art and Design courses
  • Webcam
  • Microphone

Please note: iPads and Chromebooks are not supported.

Additional software may be required, specific details will be shared via student email. Please be diligent in checking your Blackboard and college email account for updates.


Please note that Medicine Hat College has prepared a notification statement with important information to prepare for remote course delivery, assessment sessions, or proctoring of an exam. It is important that you read and review this statement prior to engaging in your online courses this year. By logging into Blackboard, you will agree to the statement. Please click the button below to view the statement.


Help keep our campus healthy

Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention is important. Please visit the COVID page to learn about your responsibilities, how to access campus, and what to expect.