Courses and registration


Course delivery

Spring/Summer 2021

Courses during our spring/summer term are largely online, with in-person instruction focused mostly on accreditation needs and experiential learning.  

Fall 2021

We are actively planning to hold almost all classes in person this fall with strong safety protocols in place.

Questions about courses and registration
 

Below you'll find answers to some basic questions about courses and registration for the fall. If you have additional questions beyond these, you can visit our Academic Support page for details about how to book an appointment with an adviser or you can fill out our Specialized Advising Request Form.

How do I find out if my fall classes are online or in-person?


The delivery format for each class will be listed on the academic timetable. Choose the course you are interested in, and it will indicate whether it is in-person or online.

Some cources may indicate there is still uncertainty about the delivery format and some changes may be necessary before September.

Visit the academic timetable.

Most courses for all and winter will be delivered in person. Online courses will be delivered in one of three ways, which you will see reflected on the timetable:

•    Synchronous (live) courses offer the class online at a specific time/day every week. Courses that are delivered synchronously are scheduled in Atlantic Time. Check the timetable for notes offering additional options for accessing course content.

•    Asynchronous (recorded) courses do not require you to be online at a regular, specific time/day each week. Carefully review any notes on the timetable, and the course syllabus in September, to see if there are time-specific individual events (like exams, office hours, workshops, etc.)

•    Mixed: Some courses will be delivered using both synchronous and asynchronous methods in combination. Courses that are delivered in this format will display multiple lines indicating the dates for any scheduled synchronous sessions and will also indicate that the course has some asynchronous components.

Note that some courses will have both in-person and online components (ie. asynchronous online lectures and in-person labs or tutorials). The format is noted on the timetable for each component.

Should I register for my fall and winter term classes at the same time?

Yes. As always, registration will open for both the fall and winter terms in June. You should register for courses in both terms to ensure you get the courses you need/want.

Visit our Register for courses page for more information on registering.

You can continue to make changes to your fall schedule until the Fall add/drop period ends in September. And you can continue to make changes to your winter schedule until the end of the winter add/drop period in January.

See our Important Dates page for specific dates.

I have online classes. What's the difference between synchronous and asynchronous?


Online courses will be delivered in one of three ways, which you will see reflected on the timetable:

•    Synchronous (live) courses offer the class online at a specific time/day every week. Courses that are delivered synchronously are scheduled in Atlantic Time. Check the timetable for notes offering additional options for accessing course content.

•    Asynchronous (recorded) courses do not require you to be online at a regular, specific time/day each week. Carefully review any notes on the timetable, and the course syllabus in September, to see if there are time-specific individual events (like exams, office hours, workshops, etc.)

•     Mixed: Some online courses will be delivered using both synchronous and asynchronous methods in combination. Courses that are delivered in this format will display multiple lines indicating the dates for any scheduled synchronous sessions and will also indicate that the course has some asynchronous components.

Will in-person classes also be streamed online?

The timetable will provide you with the type of delivery for each course. Generally, courses that are delivered in-person will not have a parallel online streaming option unless otherwise indicated. Some courses will have both in-person and online components (ie. asynchronous online lectures and in-person labs or tutorials). The format is noted on the timetable for each component.

Will I have virtual access to other on-campus resources and services even if I’m not on campus?

In most cases, students will be able to access both virtual and in-person services. Please visit our Campus Services page for more information (please note that information currently provided on that page reflects public health guidance now and will likely change in the coming months).

I may not be able to take in-person classes in the fall term (for health reasons, travel-related reasons, etc.) and there are no obvious alternatives for online courses in my program. What should I do?

Please complete this Specialized Advising Request Form to tell us more about your unique situation. Based on this information, our support team will connect you with the appropriate advisor and/or resources.

Who do I contact about academic accommodations in relation to online learning?

If there are aspects of the teaching environment that result in barriers to your inclusion, please contact the Student Accessibility Centre to explore possible accommodations.  

•          Halifax: access@dal.ca
•          Truro: ssdalac@dal.ca

What is the status of International Learning Experiences (ILE) for the 2021/2022 year?

International Learning Experiences (ILE) such as student exchanges, study abroad, international field courses, co-ops, and international research continue to be impacted by COVID-19.

As the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be our highest priority, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all outgoing ILE through to the end of the fall term (December 31, 2021), with some very specific exceptions. This decision was informed by Dalhousie’s International Travel Policy which restricts undergraduate student travel to international locations with a Global Affairs Canada travel advisory of level 3 or 4. Currently, there is a worldwide level 3 travel advisory.

Students travelling to their home countries to complete a work-term or co-op will be granted an exception. International medical residents will also be granted an exception. International students travelling to Canada to take part in joint programs or certain incoming exchange programs will also be granted exceptions.
 
The Faculty Dean and Provost must approve all other exceptions to this decision. Questions can be directed to cynthiajmurphy@dal.ca.


Still have questions or concerns? Contact us

If you have concerns, we're here to help.

You can fill out our Specialized Advising Request Form to tell us more about your unique situation. Based on this information, our support team will connect you with the appropriate advisor and/or resources.