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Ryerson faculties share plans for fall 2020 classes

Virtual learning and support will set students up for success while prioritizing health and safety
July 07, 2020
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Ryerson's faculties update the community on their plans for the fall, including course delivery and supports. 

Whether you’re a new or returning student, Ryerson is excited that fall is just around the corner. Faculty members, course instructors and university staff have been working hard to ensure that your classes are engaging and that you’re set up for success, including creating opportunities for virtual advising, designing lab simulations, at-home experiments and so much more.

Below is a snapshot of our plans for fall 2020 by faculty. As you read through, please note the technology you'll need to access Ryerson’s online resources.

Faculty of Arts (FoA)

All FoA courses will be offered remotely in the fall 2020 term. Though no classes will take place on campus, your professors and faculty staff are working together to ensure that your virtual arrival will be both engaging and exciting.

As part of this, dedicated teams have 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.

FoA students are encouraged to visit the Fall 2020 Information for students web page for additional information.

The Chang School of Continuing Education

All Chang School courses and programs will be offered online in the fall 2020 semester; no classes will be delivered on campus. As a leader in online learning, the Chang School’s experts have worked with faculty and lecturers to ensure that you’ll have an engaging and interactive online learning experience, and all student services and support systems will still be provided virtually.

The Chang School’s plans for course and program delivery in the winter semester are expected to involve a strong emphasis on online delivery as well, and they’ll share further information about the winter term as it becomes available. For more information about all of the Chang School’s continuing education programs and courses, as well as details about how to enroll and for assistance, please visit their website

Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD)

FCAD has a robust virtual infrastructure to offer curricular requirements virtually, and to create an interactive and innovative online learning experience for students this fall. Some programs will also offer limited on-campus experiential opportunities to complement remote activities. These select experiences will depend strictly on the program, and will be subject to the safety and health parameters at the time. Those who are unable to participate will be provided a strong virtual alternative, so living in Toronto or coming to campus will not be a requirement for the fall semester. For more information, please visit FCAD’s Stay Connected web page.

Faculty of Community Services (FCS)

FCS will be teaching remotely for the fall 2020 term. Though most classes will be offered asynchronously, some will be held in real time so that students can still meet and get to know their professors and peers.

Technologies will support discussion and interaction, clinical programs will have virtual use of live-actor simulations to practice counselling skills, labs will be demonstrated online, and there is a possibility some nursing and midwifery lab work may be happening on campus. Specific information for each program will be shared as it becomes available this summer. For more information, please visit the faculty’s website.

Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS)

All of FEAS' fall 2020 courses, including liberal electives, will be offered remotely. New engineering students can visit the Welcome to Ryerson Engineering web page for helpful resources, and architectural science students should refer to the department's Fall 2020 Update. This term, all student services and academic advising will be available virtually to help you be successful at any stage of your program.

Faculty of Law

September marks the launch of the Faculty of Law and the official welcoming of its inaugural class. They are planning both in-person and remote classes and programming subject to public health directives and protocols. The new law school has built a robust institutional structure that offers an innovative curriculum with plenty of extracurricular activities to support it, and seeks to provide safe opportunities for students to join them in person to help build their community.

Specific information about remote and on-campus opportunities will be communicated to students before classes start. The faculty is prepared to offer enriching remote-only classes if public health restrictions prevent in-person instruction, and is committed to honouring the choices of its students, faculty and staff members while providing an outstanding learning environment. For the latest information, please visit their website.

Faculty of Science (FoS)

All courses offered by FoS will be delivered remotely this fall. Instructors will be in touch with students directly to provide details about each course as they become available. All new students are encouraged to stay in touch through their program administrator and program director/academic coordinator. Additional information can be found on the FoS website. 

Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM)

TRSM is planning for remote course delivery in the fall. Committed to providing high-quality academic programs and support services, they are innovating every aspect of the student experience to create a better, more engaging curriculum for the upcoming semester. To learn more about the School’s plans for the fall term, visit the TRSM Student Advising web page.

Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS)

Information on YSGS’ fall 2020 term will be communicated by the individual faculties and/or respective graduate programs; instructors will share the specifics of how each course will run once the details have been finalized. Courses will still be scheduled centrally in order to ensure that there are no scheduling conflicts. For more information, please visit the YSGS website.

Additional resources

Like you, we can’t wait to return to campus, but your well-being is our number-one priority. We’ll only be back in the classroom full time when Toronto Public Health confirms that it’s safe to make that transition.

In the meantime, we encourage you to check the student information on our COVID-19 website regularly for updates and to reach out to your Faculty contacts if you have any questions about programming. You can also visit Ryerson’s Student Affairs web page for additional resources.

We wish you a safe and happy summer, and look forward to a successful year ahead!

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