Laurier has discontinued in-person instruction for all courses for the remainder of the winter 2020 term and for "sprummer" 2020 terms. This includes all undergraduate, graduate, and non-credit/professional development courses.
Online courses and programs continue to be delivered normally, with modifications to schedule in-person exams, if necessary.
All instructors will hold at least one technology-enabled class meet or communication no later than March 20. During that meet or communication with class members, instructors will explain their plan for alternative instruction or assessment to enable students to fulfil learning outcomes and receive course credits for winter 2020.
In some cases, an instructor may decide that no provision for the further delivery of course material needs to be made, though students will still need to submit outstanding assignments. If the instructor decides to revise their grade distribution or assignments for the course, they will make their revised course syllabus available to the students enrolled in the class.
Faculty decisions are guided by the principles of ensuring the preservation of academic standards and providing the maximum degree of academic continuity possible.
For all workplace-based experiential learning (co-op, community-service learning, practica, internships, workplace partnerships, etc.), students should consult with the relevant co-op, practicum, or field placement office responsible for organizing placements in their program to jointly determine the best path forward, in consultation with the community partner or employer.
The health and safety of our students on international exchange is of utmost importance. Students will receive personalized counsel and advice. Together, the student, Laurier International and the host institution will review the situation and determine the best course of action to complete the term.
The full "sprummer" (spring, intersession and summer) term for 2020, including all classes, assessments and exams, will be delivered online.
Given that sprummer registrations include a high proportion of Laurier-UW double-degree students, the adjusted sprummer academic dates are designed to match those established by UW. This includes a one week delay to start the term (starting on May 11 instead of May 4) to allow additional time for planning.
Moving to an online format means students may need to adapt how they engage with course material for the remainder of the term. While this may seem overwhelming at first, there are already many resources available to you that can be applied to online learning formats.
Laurier wishes for students to continue their studies with confidence and we have provided some additional strategies for a strong end to the semester.
Laurier has put together resource pages to support students during this transition to online course delivery and as students prepare for final exams:
Although all Laurier campus library facilities are closed until April 5, all online resources and services, including a wide range of electronic collections, are accessible:
Subject Librarians will be available to provide assistance for research help to students (find your librarian by subject).
All loaned materials will have their due dates extended accordingly and no fines will be charged for overdue materials.
Students registered with the Accessible Learning Centre will continue to be provided with appropriate accommodations. Until further notice, ALC offices will be closed until April 5, 2020. Consultants and ALC staff are still available to support accommodation needs by email and/or online delivery method.
Evaluations are a fundamental part of the teaching and learning process for faculty and students at Laurier. By completing your course evaluations, you’re helping instructors understand what works and how they could improve their teaching. With the changes to instructional delivery during the winter 2020 term, it is important that you are evaluating your course and your instructor independently of the university’s decision to discontinue in-person instruction and final examinations for all courses.
Students will receive an email notification on the opening day of the evaluation period to remind them which courses to evaluate. For most students, the winter 2020 course evaluation period will open on Monday, March 30. You have one week to complete your course evaluations from the time your course evaluation opens online.
Before completing your winter 2020 evaluations, take a look at the course evaluation resources for details about using the rating scales effectively and offering feedback in a constructive way.
Course evaluations are completed online and are completely anonymous. Contact email@example.com if you are unable to access your online course evaluations or have further questions.
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