Message to Our Students Regarding Fall 2020

Dear Psychology & Neuroscience students,

You have likely heard the news that virtually all Dalhousie classes in the fall will be taught online, rather than in-person. We understand that many of you have questions or concerns about the University’s decision and how online delivery will take place. Although there are still some details that remain unknown, we wanted to reassure our Psychology and Neuroscience students that we are already working to move our programs online.

A few points as we move forward into fall 2020:

·  Online teaching in the fall will not simply be the “temporary remote teaching” that you experienced at the end of the Winter 2020 term. We will be adapting and developing our courses specifically with online teaching and learning in mind. Our faculty are currently in active research and lively discussion about best practices for online teaching, and we are committed to giving you a world-class digital learning experience.  

·  We will be offering all our core, required courses as planned in 2020/21. In the fall term, Intro Psych I, NESC/PSYO 2000, and PSYO 2501 will all be offered online. Intro Psych II will also be offered exclusively online in the winter 2021 term.

·  Most of our PSYO and NESC 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level electives will be offered in an online format. If it becomes necessary to cancel a scheduled class (for instance, if it’s simply impossible to adapt to online teaching), we will inform enrolled students as soon as possible, and work to find alternative course options.

·  Many of our 3000-level NESC and PSYO lab courses will be offered in an online format to ensure students are able to continue progressing through their programs. Our dedicated faculty are planning innovative approaches for teaching essential skills and content to our students.

·  We are exploring all our options for our planned Honours students and our Independent Research courses (NESC/PSYO 3001, NESC/PSYO 3100/3101) and will release information as it becomes available. We recognize that with the fall term being online, some students may choose not to move back to Halifax. We are looking at ways for those students to still be able to conduct research projects, remotely.

·  Finally, although it is currently unknown whether we will be back to ’normal’ for winter 2021, we are already planning and will be ready to deliver most of our planned courses for the winter term, regardless of whether they’ll be face-to-face or online.

We’re looking forward to engaging with all of you in the fall and will continue to share updates as we confirm more details about individual courses and research. We know this is a strange and stressful time for you and your families. While online learning will require some adaptations, we are committed to continuing to provide you with the best possible education and opportunities. We are designing our online courses to be as adaptable and inclusive as possible, recognizing the unique challenges that you face as students in these unprecedented times.

Take care and stay safe,

Leanne Stevens, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Aaron Newman, Chair

And the rest of the faculty of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience