Fall 2020 Academics

The majority of MacEwan University's Fall term courses will be offered through online delivery. The university’s first priority in making this decision is to protect the health and safety of our students and employees.

Details of Fall term courses have been updated in myStudentSystem. Course schedules will remain the same for most students – the vast majority of courses originally scheduled to be delivered face-to-face have been transitioned to online delivery.

MacEwan has a long history of offering high-quality online courses, and our instructional staff are working hard over the summer to ensure material being delivered online in the fall meets institutional standards for online learning.

Course delivery modes: online, hybrid and face-to-face

Online delivery

Instructors will determine how they deliver online courses and may include any number of methods to engage students given the circumstances of individual courses. Some “online” courses have times/dates listed: instructors will determine if and when students should log in and access course content, or if students can view content at their leisure. Instructors will communicate this information to students closer to the beginning of the Fall term. 

Hybrid and face-to-face delivery

To ensure that our students receive the best learning outcomes, some courses will now be delivered using a hybrid model, using a combination of online and face-to-face delivery. Others will be delivered entirely face-to-face on campus. Examples of these courses include fine and performing arts programming and labs.

Other courses will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Where courses will be delivered face-to-face on campus, we have put measures in place to keep our community safe while they are on campus.

In order to protect the health and safety of our community, course delivery mode may be changed during the term if the pandemic situation worsens or infection rates increase.

Finding course delivery information

Students can find out how their courses will be delivered by checking their course schedule and details in the Campus Solutions section of myStudentSystem.

There are four categories of class delivery for Fall 2020.

  1. In class, no change
    Some classes were scheduled to be delivered in person, on campus, and are still being delivered in person, on campus.

    The campus shows as GMU, instruction mode is P for in person, and the Facility ID (room) is indicated.
     
  2. Online, No change
    Some classes were scheduled to be delivered online and are still to be delivered online.

    The campus shows as RMT for remote, instruction mode is OL for online, and the Facility ID (room) is V-MCO for Virtual – MacEwan Online.
     
  3. Change to Hybrid/Blended
    Some classes had been scheduled to be delivered in person, on campus, are are now to be delivered in a hybrid format (some in-person and some online). 

    Campus shows as GMU for MacEwan, with the Facility ID (room) indicated, and instruction mode is HY for hybrid.

    Note: If a class has been moved online, students need to check if they have to be online during the day/time listed for the class or if the lectures will be recorded for students to view at another time. The instructor will make this decision and communicate the answer to the students.

    Note: For classes delivered in a hybrid format, the instructor will determine which students attend on which day on campus.
     
  4. Change to Online
    Some classes had been scheduled to be delivered in person, on campus, and are now to be delivered online.

    The campus shows as RMT for remote, instruction mode is OL for online, and the Facility ID (room) is removed and shows as TBA in the system. 

    Note: If a class has been moved online, students need to check if they have to be online during the day/time listed for the class or if the lectures will be recorded for students to view at another time. The instructor will make this decision and communicate the answer to the students.

Final assessments

Whether final assessments will be in-person or online is dependent on the course. Students should refer to the course outline and consult with instructors for information on assessments. 

Find out more

Students can check with their program for answers to any specific questions or concerns about changes to their schedule or the way their courses will be delivered.

Tuition and fees

Tuition

There is no change in tuition for Fall Term class delivery: while the course delivery mode may be different, the tuition costs remain the same. MacEwan has have always charged the same rate for tuition, regardless of modality. Our faculty and teams have worked to ensure that courses are re-designed to allow for students to be successful within the new delivery formats.

Mandatory fees

Medical Clinic fee

The Medical Clinic fee will remain as the clinic continues to be open to students.

Registrarial and Information Technology fees

These fees remain in place as work continues in supporting students with the delivery of in-person and online classes.

Sport and Wellness fee

This fee applies to all students except those in a program offered at a campus outside of Edmonton, regardless of class delivery format. To support students and their overall wellbeing, the Christenson Family Centre for Sport and Wellness will be open to students and will offer programming both in-person and online for Fall Term under the guidelines of Alberta Health Services and the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

SAMU fees

The following fees are collected by the university on behalf of SAMU. Questions related to SAMU fees, membership or services should be directed to SAMU.

  • SAMU Membership fee

  • U-Pass

    • After consultation with transit and post-secondary partners, it was decided that U-Pass will not be offered for Fall Term. More information on transit fees for students can be found on the City of Edmonton’s website.

  • SAMU Building Levy

  • Health Care Benefit fee

  • Dental Benefit fee

Grading

The university will provide letter grades for Fall 2020 courses. These grades remain the most meaningful indicator of student achievement.

Deferring studies or admission

Continuing students who do not want to take online classes may take time away from their studies. If a continuing student is away from their studies for 12 months, they will be discontinued from their program. To return to MacEwan, the student must re-apply and meet admission requirements to return. 

Deferring admission for incoming first-year students 

Domestic students Incoming students can not defer admission to the Winter 2021 term in January. Admission is valid only for the term to which an applicant has applied.

International students

International applicants who are confirmed (accepted offer and paid deposit) and unable to start their studies due to COVID-19 restrictions may request a deferral. Some programs can accommodate a Winter 2021 start. If the program cannot accommodate a Winter 2021 start, the student’s admission will be deferred to Fall 2021.

International applicants should contact MacEwan International for guidance on border restrictions and immigration. 

Refunds on Admission Confirmation Deposit

Current refund policies apply. Last date to withdraw an application and receive a 50 per cent refund of the Admission Confirmation Deposit was June 30. 

International students can receive a full refund of their Admission Confirmation Deposit if they are unable to commence their studies due to COVID-19 restrictions. International applicants should contact MacEwan International for guidance on seeking a refund.

Placements/Clinical Experience/COOP opportunities

The availability of these opportunities will depend on the number of positions offered by external organizations. Students should contact their program with any questions or concerns.

Questions and contact

Office of the University Registrar

Info@macewan.ca

Contact the Office of the University Registrar about:

  • General information about MacEwan University (program offerings, how to apply)

  • First steps on application process

  • Status of admission application, transfer credit assessment

  • Accepting offering of admission/payment of confirmation deposit

  • Tuition, fees and financial aid

  • General registration assistance

    • First steps

    • How to register/use myStudentSystem

    • First point of contact for troubleshooting technical issues

  • Student Records and Convocation (transcripts and parchments)


Academic Advising Centre

advising@macewan.ca

Academic advisors can be the first stop for students looking to connect with information and resources to help navigate the university and programs.

  • myStudentSystem program planning tools - Academic Program Progress Report, declaring major(s)/minor(s)

  • Connections to additional university support services

  • Moving between programs

  • New to MacEwan: Getting to know your university and program

  • Future students: Understanding the admissions process, decisions and next steps

  • Coming back to a program


Academic Advisors in your program

To find your advisor, visit your program web segment and check the contact page.

Academic advisors in your school or faculty are available to help you navigate your programs.

  • Academic planning (i.e., which courses to take to fulfill program requirements)

  • Obtaining special permissions, such as visiting student permission, permission to enroll in restricted classes, credit overload, etc.

  • Specific program-related questions

  • Block transfers and internal laddering or subsequent baccalaureate options in your program

  • How transfer credit applies to your program requirements

 

 

Online learning

Online courses are offered using Blackboard Learn. Students get access to their courses on the first day of class.

Blackboard access and resources

Access your course(s) at myPortal.MacEwan.ca. Log in with your MacEwan UserID and password. Click on “Blackboard Learn” under Quick Links and then select the course link under “My Courses.” You can also watch a video on Finding and Accessing Your Blackboard Courses. To get an overview of online and tips for successful learning online, enrol in the Blackboard Student Orientation Course. You must be logged into the student portal to access the course.

For support using Blackboard and learning online, visit the eLearning Office Student Support webpage or view the Blackboard video tutorials.

 

Student travel

Study abroad and exchanges

The university will not approve any international travel by students or faculty for university purposes (as defined by the Travel Policy) until the end of the Fall 2020 term. This restriction on travel aligns with advice from Alberta Health Services and the Government of Canada.

Inbound exchange students

All inbound student-exchange programming for students coming to MacEwan for one term in Fall 2020 on Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) or electronic Travel Authorizations (eTAs) is cancelled. Inbound exchange students planning to come to MacEwan for one academic year on a study permit may be able to attend. Contact MacEwan International for more information and guidance.

Information for Faculty

The Office of Teaching and Learning Services has gathered information to assist faculty in developing and delivering courses for Fall 2020.

Office of Teaching and Learning