- About CEE
- CEE Anti-Racist Pedagogies Program: HRJ
- Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning
- Decolonization and Indigenization
- Instructional Skills Workshop
- Remote Teaching Forum 2021
- Rethinking Course Design
- Special Events
- Symposium on Teaching and Learning
- TA/TM Day: The Teaching Orientation Program
- Teaching Matters Seminar Series
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- Learning from remote instruction
- Lecture recording and AV support for in-person instruction
- What will the return to campus look and feel like?
- In their own words: Faculty members talk about the return to in-person instruction
- In-person instruction: Some classes have already returned
- 813,000 Zoom meetings: How IT Services handled the move to remote instruction
- This math lecturer developed her own open textbook—now thousands of students are using it
- Three students talk about academic integrity
- A different perspective on academic integrity
- Painting the bigger picture of academic integrity
- National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
- Reflections on Inclusion in the Classroom Week
- Fostering connection and practicing kindness
- Can you teach dance remotely?
- A student’s perspective: How two instructors created connection online
- Welcome to your new Zoom classroom
- Kevin Lam: “Students appreciate every little thing we do that shows that we care”
- Sheri Fabian: “I embraced a flexible approach”
- Sarah Johnson: “The biggest change I made was to switch to asynchronous delivery”
- Nicky Didicher: “I’m finding my job less exhilarating”
- Mark Lechner: “You have to be OK with things going sideways”
- Nienke van Houten: “They really valued my clear and upfront approach”
- How can we support remote instruction at SFU?
- Crowdmark: A more efficient way to grade student assessments
- The unexpected benefits of a shorter syllabus
- Photo gallery: Talking shop at Teaching Matters
- Watch the video: Faculty members discuss SFU's new instructor-led online course model
- Bridges and booster rockets: CEE's new senior director talks about teaching support
- Meet the Centre for Educational Excellence leadership team
- A biology instructor rethought her students’ role—and her own
- Photo gallery: SFU’s 24th Annual Spring TA/TM Day
- Photo gallery: SFU's 9th Annual Winter Warm-up
- If you build it, will they come?
- “My students didn’t look like they were having fun”: Three additions to the TA/TM Stories podcast series
- View the furniture, share your thoughts—online
- An upgraded Canvas Gradebook is coming in January
- Share your thoughts on the furniture in SFU classrooms
- DEMOfest presenter slides
- Photo gallery: 5th Annual DEMOfest
- Teamwork needs to be taught
- TA/TM Stories: Three new podcasts explore the teaching experiences of grad students
- Can it be done? A math instructor attempts to indigenize her course
- Answers to your questions about SFU's new approach to online education
- Photo gallery: The CEE Open House
- Do you know your faculty teaching fellow?
- Instructor-led online courses: How one faculty member prepared for the new model
- Photo gallery: SFU's 34th Annual Fall TA/TM Day draws a crowd
- Connecting people and crossing artificial divides: An interview with Elizabeth Elle
- Sessional instructors can now be included in online course evaluations
- Don't say this to your class—a student shares his experience
- How one lecturer is using podcasts to make course concepts more real in her online course
- Photo gallery: Rain, burgers and smiles at the 2019 President's Employee BBQ
- Five questions and answers about the creation of CEE
- A redesign made this course more engaging for students—and the instructor
- CPUTL: A graduate student describes her experience
- CEE Staff Login
What will the return to campus look and feel like?
After more than a year of remote instruction, the return to (mostly) in-person instruction in September 2021 is an exciting prospect for instructors and students—but it’s also another big transition for the university community to navigate. We asked Elizabeth Elle, associate VP, learning & teaching, to respond to our questions about what to expect inside and outside the classroom. Her answers offer a picture of what those first days back will look and feel like.
CEE: Will the campuses be at full capacity in September?
Elizabeth Elle: We are anticipating being in Stage 4 of our Campus Recovery Plan by then, which means we will be at 80–100 per cent capacity if all continues to go well. Our courses are aiming for 70–80 per cent in person. So we do expect a vibrant community on each of our campuses, but perhaps not as busy as a typical Fall term. I’ve been on the Burnaby campus regularly in recent months, and it’s exciting to see people coming back and to enjoy all the new spaces where construction was completed while we were away.
CEE: Will all buildings be open? Will the Library and other service areas be operating normally?
EE: Right now, because we’re in Stage 3 of our Campus Recovery Plan, building access remains limited and is restricted to current students, staff, faculty and approved visitors supporting core activities. However, the Library is re-opening in August, and we anticipate a return to normal operations and access as we get close to being in Stage 4.
CEE: Will faculty, staff and students be required to wear masks in lectures, labs and meetings? What about social distancing?
EE: SFU will continue to prioritize the safety of our faculty, students and staff, and we also follow provincial health orders. As I write this in July, masks are recommended but not required in all indoor common areas, and physical distancing is not required. By September, if we stay on track to being in Stage 4, masks could be a personal choice. I expect, though, that some people will still feel more comfortable wearing masks and keeping some physical distance when possible, and we should respect those personal decisions.
CEE: Has the university made changes to classrooms and labs to make them safer?
EE: You may have seen announcements recently about the inspection of ventilation systems across our campuses this summer to ensure that they meet standards. We are finding really high compliance with those systems, and if we find challenges in any building or office areas, we are addressing them by, for example, fixing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) issues, reducing occupancy or closing the space. We expect that we will continue to have hand sanitizer stations around campus, and the biggest thing, I think, will be socializing the idea of not coming to our campuses when sick, for all of us.
CEE: Won’t staying home be an issue for students who are worried about their grades?
EE: Our faculty have come up with innovative ideas to allow for flexibility in how they assess students to allow for the occasional absence, such as giving multiple similar assignments and having the option to drop one, recalculating the final grade based only on completed work if a major assignment is missed, and setting flexible due dates.
The public health officer has said we should continue to not require our students to provide medical notes for minor illnesses. I think it’s an important culture shift, not just for students but for all of us—we are all really passionate about our work, but everyone’s physical and mental health is also important. If people aren’t well, they should feel comfortable making the choice to stay home and focus on getting better. To that end, if faculty can build a small amount of flexibility into their syllabus—for example, plan for a day or two of disruption with the option of using the time to catch up or cover “bonus” material—it will be easier for them to stay away from our campuses if they have a minor illness. I have been working with my own staff to encourage them to put their health first, too. We can all contribute to this new culture.
CEE: What else is happening to support the return?
EE: We’ve done a thorough audit of the recording capabilities in our lecture halls on all campuses, and have been increasing capacity in a number of rooms.
I know Student Services is considering ways to gradually bring back social activities on our campuses, and I know many people are excited about the return of the fire pits. There is also a Community Vibrancy Plan underway for the Burnaby campus, which will add additional tables, couches and even pianos! I understand there will also be some tents, as we know the weather gets interesting around here by mid-October. The idea is to have lots of places where we can gather, including many more outdoor spaces, which we know have been a safer way to congregate during the pandemic.
CEE: Where can we get more information about the return to campus?
EE: The best place is the Return to Campus web pages!