Developing our plan for the fall 2020 semester
Dear CapU community,
I would like to update you on our collective progress in adapting our courses and programs for an engaging fall semester of learning.
As we announced in May, the fall semester of teaching and learning will be adapted and most courses and programs will be delivered in a remote mode (web-based/online) that aligns with health and safety orders and guidelines to support the Province’s ongoing response to COVID-19. Academic and other learning supports and student success services will continue to be offered in adapted ways, remotely and with some on-campus services.
What you can do now to prepare
Registration for fall opens on July 6, 2020 and students will be able to see notes about the mode of delivery of each course before registering. Courses will be identified by their delivery mode:
- Online (web-based),
- In-person (face-to-face on campus or at a specified learning site),
- Mixed mode (a combination of online and in-person), or
- Off-site (practicums or community-based delivery)
The mode of delivery is important information for every student to consider, so I encourage all students to check out the registration information as early as possible in July.
Given our planning to date, most courses will be offered online through web-based tools such as our learning management system (eLearn) and other University-wide tools (MS Teams, WebEx and Kaltura). A smaller suite of courses will be offered in mixed mode (in-person and online) and some courses will be in-person on campus or at learning locations with approved health and safety plans in place. Active learning methods and approaches will be facilitated in courses to the extent possible and always in alignment with health and safety guidelines.
Elevating the experience
The range of virtual supports in place is growing every day. We are adapting collaboratively, in a process with faculty members who are teaching courses, campus health & safety, library faculty and staff, staff in many parts of the University and the Registrar’s Office that sets a new bar for working together while working apart.
The rapid advances our faculty are making in online teaching techniques and educational technology expertise are exciting to witness. There is a strong commitment to fostering a positive learning experience for all students, where active learning is central. Exceptional peer-to-peer support is now available from CapU’s team of student digital ambassadors to navigate learning online.
This widespread spirit of collaboration, creativity and resourcefulness will have enduring benefits for the entire CapU experience, I’m sure. We will continue to learn, connect and develop in understanding of ourselves and each other.
VP Academic and Provost
Submitted by: Communications