Course Delivery Considerations – fall 2021

Based on current guidance from provincial and regional public health authorities, UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September 2021.

Start by reviewing UBC’s Campus Return Plan

Let Students know how the course will run?

Give clear information on how this course will be run and whether a student who has been unable to travel to Vancouver in time for the start of term (or have completed any quarantine requirements, or similar) due to Covid-19 travel restrictions would be able to take the course. We anticipate that students in some international locations may have difficulties gaining entrance to Canada in time for the start of term, and possibly for the majority of the term. Some students may have additional travel restrictions or regional health orders, for example, Indigenous students, and some may have concerns related to pre-existing immune system conditions.

Indicate whether any online materials will be available during the term, such as lecture notes/slides or videos, and specify whether quizzes, midterms, and final exams will be in-person only, or whether online options will be available and under what circumstances they would be approved.

Provide students with access to campus information on getting support during COVID.

Encouraging students who don’t feel well to stay home

Given ongoing concerns about the transmission of Covid-19 in the classroom, encourage students who feel unwell to stay home. This can be supported by two fundamental things:

  • Providing ways for students to stay up to date on course material. Some possible options include making course notes available online, running a Zoom meeting during your live lecture, recording or live-streaming lectures, and re-releasing videos from last year (if using Zoom recordings, care must be taken to remove personal student information). A variety of lecture capture options are available this fall, please see here: or contact the Applied Science Centre for Instructional Support for advice.
  • Minimizing the impact of assessment based on class participation, such as regular class attendance, iClicker questions, etc. If these are a necessary or desired part of your teaching plan, offer a reasonable number of exemptions (e.g. expect 70 to 80% attendance from any given student and automatically discard the lowest 20 to 30% of participation marks).  For students who cannot attend classes for a majority of the term, but who can follow remotely, participation grades could be moved to another assessment such as a final exam.

Give a summary of what you will do if you feel unwell and are unable to attend the class in person, including how and when you will alert students that a lecture will not be in person. Possible options may include: having a TA lead the class or classes, if appropriate; deliver the class remotely via Zoom (students may still sit in the classroom if desired); provide asynchronous content to replace the lecture (videos, slides, or notes).