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Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

For Students

  • The University of Regina is conducting the Spring/Summer 2020 term entirely at a distance and will be delivering classes via a primarily remote teaching and learning format for the Fall 2020 term.

  • To support remote learning, Information Services has developed a resource website for students, listed in Quicklinks on this page.

Get ready for Fall 2020!

  • The information on this page will help you get ready for Fall 2020, and help answer some of your questions.

  • Wondering how remote learning works? What a lab looks like when it's delivered on Zoom? How best to prepare?

    • Seven instructors from across campus talk about how the University is working to make your remote learning experience an effective, engaging and positive one.

    • Watch these short videos to find out what to expect, and learn about supports, tips, and ideas that can help you succeed in your classes.

  • Read: Teaching & Learning Plan Summary  for information you will need to complete your fall courses at the University of Regina.
  • Read: Fall 2020 Teaching and Learning Guide for Students PDF icon, a quick reference to support students and others who may have questions about remote delivery.

  • Read: In the Presence of COVID-19: Teaching and Learning Framework for the 2020-2021 Academic Year PDF icon. This"living document" is subject to continuous evaluation and evolution, and will be updated as it evolves.

Why the U of R is taking a cautious return-to-campus approach

Why isn’t the U of R moving more quickly to re-open?

  • The University’s main focus is to ensure health, safety, and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, and community.
  • U of R’s approach to re-opening aligns with most Canadian universities.
  • All Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions have been working closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education on Fall plans.

How is the U of R different to other schools and businesses opening sooner?

  • Universities differ significantly from typical elementary, high school or office/business environments.
  • The density of U of R’s on-campus population is much higher than other organizations. During the height of a semester, there are nearly 20,000 people within close proximity of each other on campus. To stop the spread, it is the U of R’s goal to keep the on-campus population as low as possible during the pandemic.
  • The number of people one person might encounter during a typical day on campus who could spread COVID-19 are too numerous - at least 330-500 - to warrant the risk to students, faculty, staff, and community.
  • The implications of a potential COVID-19 spike are also more significant for the U of R than in a typical elementary or high school or local business, where students, and employees can be sent home immediately.
    • Given a large number of students live on campus, returning home should the need arise is more challenging or impossible depending on their home location.

Read the full details here

Get ready for online classes with some transitional activities

  • Information on Remote Learning provides information on technical requirements, tips and supports, and common questions students may have.

  • Try a remote course in the summer to help ease the transition in the fall. Visit www.urready.ca to see the options. For example, preparatory classes for English and Math are available over the summer, but are not required.

  • Summer Bridge Program is for Grade 12 students already admitted in Fall 2020. This program combines a credit course with skill building workshops, including topics such as reading strategies, note taking, time management and study skills. Participating in this program helps overcome common challenges that many first year students face.

  • Students who have been admitted to the Faculty of Science or plan to take foundational Science courses can also attend the Faculty's free daily Zoom workshops during the last week of August.

  • The Student Success Centre will be offering free workshops in July and August on topics such as note-taking and time management.

  • We recommend that all new students participate in Orientation. This year it will be delivered through UR Courses, our online learning management system. Work on some activities at your own pace throughout summer and join virtual events on August 31 and September 1.

Remember - whether you continued your Grade 12 learning remotely, or suspended your education when classes were cancelled, the University of Regina welcomes you and will provide whatever supports you require!

  • Our broad range of free programs and services will help students adjust to campus life and teach them the skills required to achieve success.
    • For example, we have free math and writing tutors, skill development workshops, counselling services, library help services, and much more.
    • Find out more

Web-delivered vs. virtual courses: How are they different?

  • Web-delivered courses: Offered on-line; students manage them on their own schedule and at their own pace (not held at a certain time, information posted, discussion forums, etc).

  • Courses that are delivered remotely: May be delivered in real time via Zoom (all students meet virtually at a certain time) or in a way where students manage them on their schedule.

    • If you have registered in a course that was scheduled with a specific lecture time, this course may be changed to be delivered in a different form. These details will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

  • Read: Teaching & Learning Plan Summary for information you will need to complete your fall courses at the University of Regina.

In-Person Courses

  • Most upper-year classes will be delivered remotely through virtual online platforms (such as Zoom) and web-based platforms (such as URCourses).
    • The only exceptions to this remote delivery will be a limited number of low-density, in-person coursework components (including labs, studios, and fieldwork). Primarily in upper-year classes, these will be conducted with increased COVID-19 health and safety measures.
  • The In-Person Course Assessment Team (IPCAT) has finalized the list of courses that will be held in person, and the list is now available on the Registrar's Office's section of the University of Regina's website here: https://www.uregina.ca/student/registrar/registration-withdrawal/fall-2020-courses-on-campus.html
    • Any students registered in these in-person courses will be contacted directly with details. Students do not need to contact their respective program, faculty or department or course instructor.
    • If you cannot attend but require the course immediately for graduation, an individual academic plan for program completion will need to be developed by your faculty or department.
    • If you are concerned about returning to in-person on-campus courses because you or a family member have an underlying health condition, eg, immunocompromised, you may make use of the University’s existing student accommodation processes to address your request for accommodation. Visit www.uregina.ca/student/accessibility to find out more.

Student practicums, co-op placements, and field-based learning

  • Student practicums, Co-operative Education placements and other fieldbased learning will take place in person both on- and off-campus.

  • In all cases, students will be placed only with employers and other organizations that commit to following the applicable jurisdiction’s COVID-19 health precautions.

  • Individual field-based learning opportunities themselves may also be altered in light of COVID-19.

  • Read: Teaching & Learning Plan Summary for information you will need to complete your fall courses at the University of Regina.

Questions about the Spring/Summer 2020 Term?

What is happening with spring and summer semester classes?

  • With physical distancing measures currently in place, all classes in the upcoming Spring/Summer semester will be offered via remote learning (during regular class times) or fully online (no specific class time).
  • Note that when registered for a remote class, students will be expected to be available during class times indicated in UR Self-Service unless the instructor lets you know otherwise.
  • The University decision to continue remote learning for Spring/Summer was made well before the start of the semester to help students make decisions moving forward, particularly in regard to their living arrangements and accommodations.

Will there be mid-term and final examinations?

  • There will be no in-person exams (mid-term or final) for the Spring/Summer 2020 term.
  • The University recognizes the impact this will have on faculty and students.
  • To address this issue, we have developed some recommended options for instructors.

Options:

  • A project or an assignment as part of course evaluations to replace in-person final exam requirements;
  • A take-home exam as the exam requirement;
  • A final grade based on completed coursework components, with weighting adjusted as appropriate;
  • An online exam if feasible; or,
  • A timed exam in UR Courses that is available for distribution at a specific time and closed at a specific time.

Instructors may also develop additional alternatives to exams for assessing final grades in consultation with their Department Head, Associate Dean, Dean, or Director.

  • Please visit the Remote Learning page for students that provides information on how to connect to U of R systems when working and studying from home.

Will classes be pass/fail for spring/summer?

  • No, for the Spring/Summer 2020 all regular grading systems are in place as usual.
  • Only the Winter 2020 semester offered special grading options due to COVID-19.

How are the assignments graded?

  • Grading of assignments will be up to your instructor.
  • Instructors may request assignments be submitted through UR Courses, by email, or some other method.
  • Please check with your instructor if they have not provided this information.

Will there be group projects? If so, how are we supposed to meet?

  • It will be up to each instructor to determine if there will be any group work in their courses.
  • If group work is assigned, students can connect via Zoom meetings, text, email or other platform.
  • Students can create a free basic Zoom account anytime at https://zoom.us. NOTE: Zoom meetings are limited to 40 minutes in length, so you may all need to reconnect to the meeting, for another 40 minutes.
  • Information on document sharing can be found on the Remote Learning page.

Will the lectures be recorded?

  • Some instructors may choose to record a class session through Zoom. They have been provided with guidelines from the University regarding privacy.
  • More information is on the Remote Learning page.

Will add/drop dates still be the same?

  • Yes, the add/drop deadline dates have remained the same. The University decision to continue remote learning for Spring/Summer semester was made well before the start of the semester to help students make decisions moving forward.
    • Current information on add/drop dates and any other significant academic dates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year can be found on the Academic Schedule page and you can check your My Refund Schedule in UR Self-Service.
    • Information for how to withdraw from a class can be found on the Registrar's Office, Registration and Withdrawal page.

Will the Recreation and Athletic fee be charged for the spring/summer semester?

  • With all courses in the spring/summer semester being delivered remotely, students will not be charged the $98 Recreation and Athletic fee for this semester.
  • If you have already registered for the spring/summer semester, your student account will be adjusted to remove the Rec and Athletic fee.

Will the classes cost the same amount?

  • Tuition fees remain unchanged for the Spring/Summer term.
  • See additional information, above, about the Recreation and Athletic fee.