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Fall 2021 Updates

June 21, 2021
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Updates for the Fall 2021 Term

Update: August 24, 2021

In order to provide greater opportunity for student collaboration, given it's important role in the following two courses, these will be delivered in person this Fall 21.

In both cases, the instructors will provide students with a remote learning option.

CMN 480 Applied Research Methods I
Dr. Bob Clapperton will be offering an optional live workshop/ seminar for 10 of the 12 weeks. Lectures will be recorded and students will be offered a choice of attending the live workshop or to instead engage in asynchronous self-directed work on the topic each week (except weeks 1 and 12 which will be delivered fully online). Dr. Clapperton will use two hours of class time for the live workshops - there will be two workshops each week covering the same topic. Students can attend one or both.

CMN 453 Communication and Social Change, delivered by Dr. John Shiga, will likewise be delivered in person. Students will meet in person for 60 or 90 mins per week, for discussion and/or activity; an online alternative will be provided to those who do not attend in person.

Update: July 27, 2021

In the spring the School of Professional Communication decided, with the most relevant information that was on-hand, to conduct their Fall 2021 classes and activities on-line.  We appreciate that there has been a lot of changes since then. Though the provincial mandates came quite late in the summer, and making wholesale changes to our Fall course offerings is difficult, we will endeavour to have as many in-person contact hours with ProCom students as possible.  This may take the form of: workshops, dedicated cohort study groups, student meetings and even some in-class activities.  We will ensure that dedicated ProCom spaces are equipped for group work, and also fitted with technologies for simultaneous in-class and broadcasted lectures.


Please know that safety of our students, staff and faculty is paramount, and we look forward to seeing everyone in person as often as possible in the Fall and, hopefully, full-time in Winter 2022.



Jessica Mudry, Chair

Message from the Chair

Dear ProCom students, faculty and staff,

On June 8th, President Lachemi announced that the fall 2021 semester will be a “transition semester” with more in-person activities than last year. Below is an update about the School of Professional Communication’s plans for the fall semester. 

This is the School’s fall semester plan as of June 21st, 2021. The information on this webpage will be updated if there are any changes to our plan or to Ryerson policies regarding the fall semester.

Fall courses 

The health and safety of the ProCom community is the most important consideration in the School’s planning for the fall semester. The School is planning to offer all ProCom courses online since this is the only feasible way, based on the information we have so far, to provide students with access to our full curriculum while minimizing health risks to our students, faculty and staff. 

We are committed to adding to our rich learning experiences in our virtual environments this fall. Last year, our instructors participated in many initiatives in ProCom, FCAD and the University on best practices in online teaching, which enabled our instructors to create engaging learning experiences for our students. We will continue to refine our courses for online delivery so that they are as innovative and interactive as possible for our students this fall. 

While all ProCom undergraduate (CMN) and graduate (PC) courses will take place online, it is possible that other departments will offer some of their open elective and liberal studies courses in-person. We hope to have more information to share with you soon about the delivery format of external electives and we will update you as soon as that information is available. 

Fall in-person activities (optional)

While our classes will be delivered online, we are planning to develop a number of in-person activities during the fall semester that will be connected to courses but will be optional. These in-person activities will give students the opportunity to get to know each other and to apply skills and knowledge from courses in co-curricular events such as boot camps and workshops. We also plan to offer online alternatives for students who cannot attend in-person.

Additionally, we are planning to provide students with access to a selection of ProCom spaces, such as the ProCom Practicum Centre, through a bookable online system that will limit, based upon safety guidelines, the number of students using a space.

To help us plan optional in-person activities for the fall, I invite incoming and continuing ProCom students to take a few moments to fill out our google formshort survey, external link

Winter courses

We are hopeful that we will be able to offer courses in-person in winter 2022, as long as it is possible to do so within the public health guidelines. We will update you as soon as we have more information from the University about the winter semester. 

Finally, to our students, I know the last fifteen months have been an extraordinarily challenging time for you. I commend you on your perseverance and your commitment to your educational goals, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. Our faculty and staff will be delighted to welcome you in-person as soon as it is safe to do so. 


Warm regards,

John Shiga