Update: June 24, 2020
In the weeks since the announcement that the majority of Fall 2020 courses will be offered online, the university has been working to finalize formats for courses that can be offered online or safely in-person where it is necessary for the course. While some decisions on individual course delivery methods have been made, we expect to have most course delivery decisions finalized by mid July. We will continue to monitor and consider Winter 2021 courses as we assess the development of the pandemic. While the university makes plans for fall, our priority remains on the health and safety of our students and staff.
What learning will look like this Fall
While this fall on campus will look and feel a little different, we are excited to welcome back our students for the 2020/21 academic year. Campus will be open with safety measures in place and students will be welcome to use the services, study space and facilities within the current health guidelines. In July, students will be provided more details whether courses will be offered online, face-to-face on campus or in a hybrid model (a combination of online and face-to-face). We will also be releasing information about how courses will be scheduled and the course registration process. We do know that some courses and course components—some labs, for example—will need to be offered through face-to-face delivery on campus, and we will ensure these are done safely.
We have heard our students' feedback about what they need to be successful with online delivery and have learned much from our experience in the Winter and Spring terms. We are committed to delivering the high quality learning experience that students expect from MacEwan. Our faculty are using all of this information and are taking advantage of the summer months to develop further your courses to create a well-rounded and engaging online academic experience. They will provide with more details about your courses closer to the beginning of term.
Making campus as safe as possible
While we make plans for fall, our priority remains the health and safety of everyone on campus. We continue to monitor the situation, and we are working with the Chief Medical Officer of Health to create a safe environment for students, staff and faculty who will be on campus. We are putting measures in place to protect the health of our community, including providing students with personal protective equipment in some instructional spaces (labs, for example), increasing cleaning protocols, reconfiguring learning spaces to limit capacity, planning traffic flow patterns in hallways and limiting seating in common areas.
Support for students
Whether students will be on campus or studying online, the counsellors in Wellness and Psychological Services, Library staff, the IT help desk team and registrarial staff will be available to assist them. Students will continue to have access to the many support services they need to succeed
We understand that there are still many unanswered questions about the upcoming term and thank everyone for your patience and understanding. Please continue to check this website for updates.