Virtual communities empower first-year students with information

By Sarah Morales

Pilon’s Slate-based Virtual Communities help students overcome the isolation of virtual learning.

The first year of college can be a challenge for students new to the demands of post-secondary education. Add to that the COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation of remote learning and it’s no surprise that a lot are feeling overwhelmed.

Fortunately, there are online resources to help Pilon students, especially first years, navigate these challenges and even thrive: virtual communities. 

Available through SLATE, virtual communities offer PSB students advice, connections, course planning and support services. And it’s all just a mouse click away. What’s more, the information is scheduled to roll out at key times throughout the academic year, so students get the relevant information when they need it.

Faculty are encouraged to steer students towards their VC, particularly first-years, so they don’t get lost in our
“virtual hallways.”

The Pilon School of Business maintains two virtual communities to support students: 

Business Diplomas Virtual Community (712800_VC) and Bachelor of Business Administration Virtual Community (150918_VC).

Faculty are encouraged to steer students towards their VC, particularly first-years, so they don’t get lost in our “virtual hallways.” And don’t forget to mention the VC throughout the semester as announcements and program updates are published on a regular basis. 

Want to take a look yourself? If you don’t have access, please contact sarah.morales@sheridancollege.ca or deborah.wolff@sheridancollege.ca to get added to either or both virtual communities. 


Sarah Morales is an Embedded Student Advisor within the Pilon School of Business

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