We are living, working, and learning in the midst of a pandemic. During these times of uncertainty, it is important to ensure that we have teaching and learning supports in place at StFX so that excellent teaching continues under these unique conditions. To do this requires collaboration and clear communication across all organizational units.
In March 2020, representatives from IT Services, the Academic Technologist, the Teaching and Learning Centre Coordinator, and other faculty and staff worked together to prepare materials for the continuity of teaching and learning, resources which supported us to complete the 2019-20 academic year remotely. This emergency response was possible only because of the dedication and nimble efforts of faculty, staff, and students.
Given the uncertainty about how events will unfold during 2020-21, University Administrators have taken the next step of striking the Remote Teaching and Learning (Online) Preparedness Task Force. The primary aim of the Task Force is to prepare for full delivery of all academic programs online in the event that the pandemic prevents us from being able to hold face-to-face classes. Ideally, conditions will enable students to return to campus in September and remain on campus throughout all of 2020-21. The work of the Task Force, however, will ensure faculty are prepared to respond to whatever situation may arise and deliver their programs online as needed.