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Science update: Strategies for completing winter 2020 courses amidst COVID-19: Addendum 4

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

This message was originally sent to instructors in the Faculty of Science by Marlee Spafford, associate dean, undergraduate studies.


I am noting two short but important points in this message.

Winter 2020 Course Evaluations

Winter 2020 course instructors will have received a notification today that the eValuate window will be open from Monday March 23 until Friday April 3.  The notification includes boilerplate language that encourages instructors to give in-class time for course evaluations; understandably that’s not possible this term.  The eValuate system will send students a notification to participate at the start and a reminder part-way through the evaluation window, although we expect a low response rate this term in view of current events.  Instructors and department/school administrators are asked to consider the Winter 2020 eValuate results in the context of this extraordinary time.  The results of this term need an * by them.  Poor scores or low response rates should not be considered at all and high scores (even if the response rate is low) should be celebrated for any hiring, annual/biannual performance, tenure and/or promotion decisions.

Students expecting to complete their degree this term

The Registrar’s Office requests that advisors and administrators who normally reach-out to students in their final term avoid initiating contact with students yet until there is greater clarity regarding convocation plans.
 
Take care.