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FAQs - Remote Learning

What does remote learning look like in the Faculty of Arts?

Currently all classes in the Faculty of Arts at the undergraduate and graduate level are being offered through remote delivery.


You will require a computer and internet access to complete your courses. In general, instructors will be using the learning management system D2L, Zoom and Google suite to deliver courses. Some courses may require specialized software (e.g. SPSS for statistics courses) which will be made available through a cloud platform online. Over the summer, students will be notified about how they will be able to access course related software virtually. For more information on technical requirements, please visit the Ryerson COVID-19 Information & Updates site.

Instructors will use a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching, as will be explained in the course syllabus. We use our learning management system D2L to post materials for students.

Synchronous learning allows you to learn at the same time with your classmates and in the same ways. Asynchronous learning allows you to learn the same material at different times, in different time zones from different locations.

Programs will be offering a mix of synchronous and asynchronous virtual courses. Students should check with their individual instructors if time zone issues are likely to be a problem issue.

There have not been any significant changes to course offerings in the Faculty of Arts.

To learn more about how Ryerson approaches teaching with technology (e.g., online learning, blended learning, technology enhanced learning), please visit the eLearning at Ryerson site.

Placements and practicums will continue to be offered remotely. 

Students can refer to the significant dates on the Undergraduate Calendar website.

In general, virtualized courses in the Faculty of Arts will be offered through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Please consult with your instructor if this poses a challenge for you.

Yes, this is possible. Students can request and apply for a short term withdrawal online for up to 3 semesters. Please visit the following website for more information:


At this time, staff will be working remotely off campus. You can email your Program Administrator and find out whether you can book an appointment virtually or on the phone.

Career & Personal counselling:
The Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre offers career counselling and personal counselling. Students can also contact the Centre for Student Development and Counselling .

Academic counselling:
For academic support, Ryerson's Tri-mentoring program matches students up with peer mentors. The Student Learning Support Centre provides a number of services, including the Writing Centre and the Math Centre, that promote academic success. 

Over the course of the summer, the Faculty of Arts, in conjunction with the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society, will have a number of webinars as part of our Orientation for first year students. Information will be emailed to students and will also be available on the Ready for Ryerson site.

Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) is currently providing remote support to students. Please refer to the FAQs on their COVID-19 Updates website and or contact your Academic Accommodation Facilitator.


No, that option will not be available; however, the deadline to drop classes without academic penalty will be extended this term to November 20th, 2020 for the fall term.

Future requests to remove W2020 courses with CRD/NCR grade values from the CGPA calculation will be denied, as CRD/NCR grade values have no GPA weight.

Program Departments are currently issuing probationary contracts digitally and the requirements for electronic form submission are as follows:

  • The form must come directly from your Ryerson email address.
  • In all cases, the form must either be:
    • signed in ink and then scanned
    • or signed digitally with a signature image
    • or signed with an Adobe digital signature created by clicking on the orange stamp in the signature line
    • or, if you do not have access to a scanner or are otherwise unable to sign the contract, we will accept a statement from you in the email as the signature. Please write in the body of the email "I understand and agree to the terms and conditions of this probationary contract." 

You must have an authorized Probationary Contract by Friday, September 18th, 2020.

If you are on Academic Probation and have not attended the Faculty of Arts Probationary Workshop in the past, you will be required to attend the virtual session online prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester. The workshop will help you to find out what academic probation means, what you can do to ensure your academic success, and where you can find the help you need to succeed.  Registration will not be required and we will provide you with more information in August. Detailed information on Probationary Academic Standing and answers to students’ frequently asked questions about being on academic probation may be found on-line at the Faculty of Arts Academic Success website.


The Yeates School of Graduate Studies has created a COVID-19 Continuity site for graduate students. Please check this site for the most updated information relating to graduate studies.