Information for the New Academic Year

Changes taking Courses at Wycliffe Fall 2020

The academic year 2020-21 will look very different from a year ago as Wycliffe works with the U of T to ensure a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty and staff under the COVID-19 restrictions.

First a few key terms:

Asynchronous (traditional online courses)

Wycliffe has offered online classes since 2001. These have the section code 6101 and are ‘asynchronous’. This means that there is no one time when the class has to be online together so a student has the flexibility to log into the class on QUERCUS whenever they want, to complete the weekly assignments.

Synchronous (remote)

New for 2020 -2021 is the ‘synchronous’ delivery of classes using Zoom. These classes have the section code 9101 and all students registered are expected to log into the class on the day and time shown in the course description. Many of you experienced Zoom delivery at the end of the winter term or during the summer, but for those who have not used Zoom before there is some useful information at this link:  https://wycliffecollege.ca/remotelearning

Zoom

Before proceeding you will require a webcam and microphone. Laptops have these by default. If you have a desktop you will need to purchase a webcam (webcams come with built in microphone). A link on how to use Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-VideoTutorials

Student feedback regarding the ease of use and the classroom experience have been overwhelmingly positive.  Clear instructions on how to participate in Zoom sessions are below and Faculty are working hard to adapt their courses to the dynamics of the current situation including changing lecture format, adapting assignments, and small group discussions, setting up online discussions, etc.  While these changes may affect some issues around scheduling particularly for intensive courses, we will continue to work with the posted schedule of classes in order to ensure as little conflict as possible for students. Faculty and staff are ready to help anyone who has any difficulties with Zoom.  All commitments to course delivery in our course syllabi are draft until the first day of class when the final version will be distributed.

Privacy

Remote courses, including your participation, will be recorded on video and will be available to students registered in the class for viewing remotely after each session. Course videos and materials belong to your instructor, the College, and/or other sources depending on the specific facts of each situation, and are protected by copyright. Do not download, copy, or share any course or student materials or videos without the explicit permission of the instructor. For questions about recording and use of videos in which you appear please contact your instructor

Class attendance and participation in remote or synchronous online learning classes. 

The same expectations for student engagement and participation which applies to in-class learning also apply to remote or synchronous learning situations.  In order to get the most out of the course and in respect for their fellow students, students should set aside the time for Zoom when they are able to focus exclusively on the Zoom session.  Multi-tasking would be detrimental to the learning community.  We recommend finding a quiet space where you will not be interrupted.  We also encourage students to avoid browsing the web or looking at other sites while attending the zoom session. 

Students who log into the Zoom site but do not contribute during discussion times and are not visible through live video will not be counted as participating in the class.

Fall Registration

Registration opened on ACORN on July 20 for the fall and winter classes and the published deadline to have a REG status is August 12, 2020 . i.e. a contribution to tuition has to reach your account by this date.

Please check that you are showing eligible registrations for the fall /winter and let me know if there is a problem.

You will need to pay close attention to the delivery method of classes which will be indicated by the section code.  There are two new descriptors for the new academic year, asynchronous and synchronous.

Winter term 

In the winter term (Jan to April) some classes will have the option of in-person and synchronous remote. The section codes are 0101 for an in-person class and 9101 for synchronous delivery via Zoom. You have to choose which you want and you will have to stay with the delivery of your choice unless government restrictions are such as to prevent in-person classes. We must wait to see if the Government will change the present guidelines. Please make sure that you choose the correct section to reflect your choice.

For those applying for OSAP for academic year 2020-21 you must show registration in both the fall and winter to release your funds. A minimum of 60% course workload is needed which is three fall and three winter classes.

For those of you who can wait to add winter classes you may want to see what happens in the fall and add winter classes in time to meet the published deadline to have a REG status for the winter – December 4, 2020.

If you have any questions about courses or course delivery please ask your student advisor or our registrar – Barbara Jenkins.

Important links

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Library Services
The U of T library buildings are closed, but enhanced digital access is available and curbside delivery will be offered in the fall. Please see library updates at this link

https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/covid-19/updates-library-services-and-operations

For Key Academic dates for 2020-21 Academic Year  please see https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/tst-key-academic-dates

Your academic advising will be via Zoom also.

Please look out for further updates about chapel, student council events  and other useful information.