Senate Committee on Agenda and Governance Memo: Instructional modes for Spring Term 2022

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As approved by the Senate Committee on Agenda and Governance (SCAG) for Winter session 2021/2022:

If instructors wish to supplement their in-person delivery of courses with online or virtual elements (such as holding virtual office hours, conducting online quizzes or posting recorded content), they may do so. In addition, with the approval of the Chair/Director, instructors may embrace blended learning models (incorporating online elements to their in-person courses) provided that at least two-thirds of the instructional hours of in-person course contact remains in place.

In designing their courses, instructors have flexibility whereby with the approval of their chair/director, they may offer up to a third of their in-person course instruction online. Additionally, instructors may host virtual office hours or discussion groups and/or use an online format for their assessments. As in the past, where possible, and at the discretion of the instructor, posted recordings of in-person lectures may be helpful to increase accessibility for students who may be unable to attend.

The SCAG approved guidelines also provide some direction for academic units wishing to change specific courses from fully in-person to fully online delivery:

There are specific instances where moving an in-person course to fully online may be necessary. Examples include:

  • singular courses to address operational needs, including cases such as, but not limited to, medical or family status accommodations requests, workforce availability issues, student need, or pedagogical best practice—provided that such changes do not amount to a perturbation of the academic intent and content of the program, as approved by Senate.

Chairs/directors should complete the table for a single course or a group of courses and submit to the Dean for approval. Considerations should be made to minimize potential negative student impacts to mode of delivery changes. For instance, moving an in-person course to fully online and asynchronous (after students have already registered) may result in complaints from students that will need to be addressed at the unit and Faculty level.


SCAG Table

Course code(s) E.g. ATWP135
Rationale for change from fully in-person to fully online mode of delivery
Other information for consideration

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