Email from PTIB updating program delivery COVID mitigation...
We are writing in respect of our recent approval for your institution to provide program[s] by distance education. We confirm that you may continue to provide these programs, as approved, until May 31,2020.
Apologies, in advance, if some of this information we are requesting below seems to duplicate previous information requests. As you know, the situation is shifting rapidly, and the type and frequency of information requests also shifts. We appreciate your patience and your efforts to keep PTIB updated.
If you wish to continue providing programs by distance education after May 31, 2020, you have two options.
1. Continue offering the program by distance education, on a temporary basis, until August 31, 2020. In order to assess whether appropriate supports are in place to allow students to meet learning outcomes of the program(s), we are asking that you confirm in writing the following information by April 30, 2020:
- The name(s) of the PTIB approved program(s) that are being offered by distance education;
- The number of students enrolled in approved programs as of today, April 16th. Please provide the number of domestic and international students separately;
- The platform(s) you are using to deliver the program(s);
- A description of the training and support (including access to technology) you are providing to both your students and instructors;
- A description of how you are evaluating students, including the evaluation of the practical component of the program. Has this changed since your shift to online delivery;
- If you have reorganized programs to deliver theory first by distance education with practical/hands-on learning later, a description of your plan in the event physical distancing or similar restrictions are still in place at that time; and
- A description of how you are tracking attendance.
2. Apply to permanently deliver the program(s) by distance education. If you wish to permanently change your program delivery to either 100% online or a blended delivery method must submit an application via the Institution Portal. Please be aware that changing your program delivery method permanently may impact your StudentAidBC designation and eligibility to enroll new international students.
Even in these extraordinary circumstances, all standards related to the provision of a program continue to apply. This includes standards related to instructor qualifications, work experience components and student attendance records.
Chapter 3 of the Private Training Act (PTA) Policy Manual discusses program standards.
Finally, if any of the programs you offer include a work experience component which you are unable to provide (because of COVID 19), you should no longer be enrolling new students in that program. If appropriate, you may apply to provide the program without the work experience component. This is a change that requires PTIB approval.
If you have any questions, please contact me directly via return email.
Thank you again for your patience,