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Majority Of UWindsor Courses To Be Online For Winter 2021

Thursday September 17th, 2020, 4:36pm


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The majority courses will continue to be offered through online delivery for the Winter 2021 semester the University of Windsor announced Thursday.

Face-to-face offerings will be provided where in-person interaction is integral to meeting program learning outcomes.

“Given current health and safety considerations, physical classroom space is a critical factor. We have fewer than 15 classrooms that, under current health authority guidelines, can house more than 30 people. Current provincial health guidelines, which are subject to change, also prohibit classes of more than 50 students. Heightened sanitation and social distancing guidelines require transit time between classes, which further limits the number of courses that can be offered,” President Robert Gordon said in an update to the campus.

Then university says that in consultation with faculty members, all of the Deans have led a collective effort to determine which courses must be offered in-person focusing on the following priorities:

  • Courses where face-to-face interaction is required for graduation or accreditation;
  • Opportunities for first-year students to have on-campus experiences;
  • Face-to-face experiences for identified international student cohorts;
  • Laboratory sections;
  • Research courses that require access to laboratories for data collection and analysis;
  • Studio courses that require access to specific equipment and spaces;
  • Required practicums, internships, and work experience that primarily take place off campus;
  • Co-curricular programming that enables experiential opportunities for students; and
  • Faculty-specific priorities.

A detailed list of Winter 2021 face-to-face offerings will be available once finalized.

“These decisions are being made with collective care and a constant focus on the student experience, student learning, and campus safety. Whether courses are face-to-face or online, faculty and staff across the University of Windsor are investing an enormous amount of time, effort, and creativity into making them engaging, effective, and as safe as possible. This is a community-wide effort, and we are truly grateful for all of your support,” Gordon said.

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