Fall Semester 2021

Welcome back!

Classes for the Fall 2021 semester, beginning in September, will be held in person with limited classes available online.

While the majority of classes will be held in person, there are four different varieties of classes offered at CBU, each of which are outlined below with a preview of how they will look in the system. Additional resources and tools can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Academic Timetable: Course Catalogue

Online Live

This means the course will be online (virtual) with a set and scheduled time for meeting. (Example: You may have an online live course that meets every Monday at 10:00am virtually. You’ll need to log in at this time to join the class from your computer, and then complete any other assignments on your own time). This is also known as synchronous

Online Not Live

This means the course will be offered online (virtually), but with no set and scheduled time to meet. (Example: You may have an Online Not Live course that you log in to on your own time. You might watch recordings or engage in coursework that is posted in other formats. You will still have deadlines, so please be sure to read your syllabus). This is also known as asynchronous


This means your course will be offered in-person, on-campus at a set and scheduled time. This will appear in the Academic Timetable with “Cape Breton University Campus” and either “Lecture” or “Lab” listed below it. For this purpose, Lecture will mean class, and may take various formats in-person. (Example: Your course is offered on campus and you will be required to come to campus, and will see a room or location listing and set a scheduled time).

In-Person or Live Online

This means your course will be offered both in-person (on-campus) and Live Online, at the same time. You may choose to attend either in-person (on-campus) or Live Online. (Example: You may choose to attend this course in-person, which means you will come to campus at a set and scheduled time. Your friends, who live in Ontario and New Delhi, may also sign up for this class but will choose the Live Online option. They will log in to attend this class virtually at the same time you attend in person). 

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus!

As always, this decision was made with the health, well-being and safety of our CBU community in mind, and with direction from Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang.