News for Instructors

Friday, May 15, 2020

Sharing our principles to guide decision of fall instruction

Update for faculty and instructors

Later today I will share some high-level direction about fall term with our whole community. Before I do, I want to share some guidance with you in our instructional community on how we will implement our plan for the fall.

In short, my message later recognizes that the public health situation means that while large courses will happen online, we may be able to offer some activity in person. Clearly, if we are going to be able to deliver programming on campus, we need to make important decisions about what instruction will take place in person if circumstances allow it.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Increase in COVID-19 related phishing attempts

There has been an increased volume of COVID-19 related phishing emails being sent to members of the University. These phishing attacks are expected to continue in the foreseeable future. Please be vigilant and read emails carefully before responding. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Engineering update: Final reminders, updates, and tips for S2020 instructors

Update for instructors in the Faculty of Engineering

The university's first ever fully online/remote term starts in just a few days, on May 11!  Thank you for all of your work in getting ready for this historical moment.  I'm actually looking forward to teaching my course remotely.  Here are some reminders, updates, and tips...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Asynchronous vs Synchronous Remote Instruction

Update for instructors

We write in hope of clarifying matters with respect to synchronous vs. asynchronous instruction for remote learning.

During terms where remote instruction is required, our students will be in many time zones, in unpredictable living circumstances, and often with unreliable access to the internet. This is obviously problematic, for instance, for a student studying from home in China, with a 12 hour time zone difference and where it often takes four hours to download a one hour video. These challenges are not limited to international students; reliable internet is also a problem in rural areas in Canada. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Science update: Strategies for completing winter 2020 courses amidst COVID-19: Addendum 8

Update for instructors in the Faculty of Science

This message addresses some Winter 2020 exam and grade questions and makes a request of Spring 2020 instructors regarding academic integrity.