Courses and registration

Questions about courses and registration
 

UPDATE ON WINTER TERM COURSES, Dec. 17: Winter term to start online

Below you'll find answers to some basic questions about courses and registration. 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.

How do I find out if my registered 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.

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).

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, international work terms, and international travel for research or conferences continue to be impacted by COVID-19. Because of this, Dalhousie will be cancelling all outgoing ILE for the Winter 2022 term. For more information, visit Dal.ca/StudyAbroad


Still have questions or concerns? Contact us


Visit our Academic Support page for details about how to book an appointment with an adviser.