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Information for FCS Students for Fall 2020

This page is being updated frequently. Please check back often for more information. FCS students should check in with their respective FCS schools and programs for school-specific information, dates, and deadlines.

Welcome to new and returning FCS students!  

The Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University will be offering most courses through online remote teaching in Fall 2020.

We know it is going to be hard to come back to school (or to be coming to University for the first time!) without being able to be on campus. For many of us, being together in our learning is an important aspect of going to University. While remote teaching and learning may not be ideal for all of us, all of our FCS schools are working hard to create meaningful, engaging and excellent learning experiences for you this fall. We look forward to welcoming you (or welcoming you back) to a vibrant campus when it is allowable and safe, but until then we are working hard to offer connection and meaningful student experience through virtual and remote events and classes.

Information about the use of campus libraries and other facilities will be forthcoming.

There will be many opportunities for online extracurricular and other student activities, including orientation.

General queries can be sent to fcsinaction@ryerson.ca or by phoning 416-979-5000 extension 5034.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can we expect to go back to campus?

When the Province of Ontario and Toronto Public Health advises that we can start transitioning back to campus this will happen gradually.

How will my program accommodate students in different time zones?

Programs will be offering a mix of synchronous and asynchronous virtual courses.

What does synchronous and asynchronous learning mean?

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.  

Will there be changes to what courses are offered in the fall vs. the winter term?

There will be changes to course offerings. You might notice in the official calendar that some of the courses you would normally take in the Fall term are not in your schedule (schedules will be available in early August, more information to come). Some labs, studios, clinical placements may have moved from fall to winter as they are simply not suited for virtual learning.

What will a virtual course look like at Ryerson University? What can I expect?

To learn more about how Ryerson approaches teaching with technology (e.g., online learning, blended learning, technology-enhanced learning), visit ryerson.ca/elearning/teaching-with-technology.

What about my field placement, internship, or co-op?

Please check in with your school for specific information about labs and placements where required. Some accredited placement opportunities will be remote, some will be moved to the winter session, and where permissible, in-person placements will move forward once health and safety requirements are in place.