Accessing your spring 2020 term courses

Friday, May 8, 2020

On Friday, May 8, the following email was sent to the graduate student community:


To: Graduate students

Cc: Faculty Associate Deans, Graduate Studies, Faculty Administrative Assistants, Graduate Studies, Faculty Recruitment Co-ordinators, Department/program Graduate Co-ordinators, Department/program Graduate Officers/Associate Chairs, The Centre staff, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs staff

From: Jeffrey Casello, Associate-Vice President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA)

Subject: Accessing your spring 2020 term courses

Note: This email is for information and action (as appropriate)


Earlier this week, you would have received an email as a research or course-based student with some helpful tips as you prepare for the spring term, which begins Monday, May 11 in a virtual environment. Below you will find some additional details as you begin your term:

Term schedule: when you review your term schedule you will notice that there are no dates or times included – this is a direct result of all classes being conducted virtually. 

Online courses: you should anticipate hearing from your course instructor next week; there are several online learning options that are available: 

For LEARN:

Before classes start, check your technology to ensure you cans successfully participate in online classes - see LEARN's system, software, and internet requirements. Find technical support on the LEARN help website or send an email to learnhelp@uwaterloo.ca. On May 11, log in to LEARN to see what courses will be using this platform.  To maintain your access to LEARN, be sure to make your fees arrangements by the May 15 deadline.

For other platforms:

You can expect to receive an email no later than Friday, May 15, to your @uwaterloo.ca email address from your course instructor. If you still have not heard from your instructor by May 15, contact them directly via email.

If you are not taking courses during the spring term, I encourage you once again to review the helpful tips and resources on remote learning web page.  Also, please continue to have open dialogue with your supervisor to create a set of expectations for the virtual spring term. 

Additional reminders:

  • CR/NCR update - for students with numeric grades still outstanding for courses taken in winter 2020: the deadline to request a grading basis change from numeric to CR/NCR has been extended from May 10 to May 15. For more information, visit the COVID-19 updates for graduate students web page.
  • Enrolment period: graduate class enrolment period for spring 2020 ends on May 31. 

As you begin the spring term virtually, I wish you all the very best.  Stay well and take good care.

If you have questions about this email, contact The Centre via email or reach out to your graduate co-ordinator.

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