Dear Faculty of Arts students,
Over the past few months, I have been working closely with our faculty, department chairs, and Ryerson’s central administration to plan for a Fall semester that will continue our commitment to student engagement and academic rigour. Top of mind throughout this planning phase has been the health and wellbeing of our students. In view of this, I am writing to confirm that all Faculty of Arts undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered virtually for the Fall 2020 semester, with no classes taking place on campus.
In May, we established a Faculty of Arts COVID-19 Planning Committee on Teaching and this group has been developing strategies to support a successful transition to virtual learning in all Arts disciplines. Accessibility, equity, inclusion, and engaged learning have been priorities in this planning process, and will remain of crucial importance in its implementation this Fall. Some key components of this strategy include:
- online access for students to all course related software
- resources for students to prepare for virtual course delivery
- discipline-specific training and resources for instructors to build student-friendly virtual courses
- virtual access to student advising and counseling
- virtual programming from our Student Experience Centre and
- continued access to remote practicum and placement opportunities
The Fall of 2020 will be unique. We will be confronting new challenges, for sure. Yet at the same time, we are intent on creating new opportunities for student learning. I continue to meet regularly with the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society (RLAS), external link President and as always I am open to hearing directly from Arts students.
Over the summer, we will continue to provide you with information and resources to help you prepare for the Fall. Wherever you may be, I hope that you enjoy the summer months and I look forward to seeing you virtually in September.
Pamela Sugiman, Dean of Arts