Course Delivery Guidance

Context for 2021-22

Updated February 7, 2022

Some level of remote delivery in response to public health constraints (and its downstream impacts on international travel and visa processing) has continued to be necessary in the 2021-22 academic year. As a result, the pandemic ROSI course delivery mode codes have continued to be in place: In Person, Synchronous, Asynchronous, Online Synchronous (In Person Final) and Asynchronous (In Person Final) (see the School of Graduate Studies’ definitions for COVID-era codes). Delivering courses remotely using these codes will continue to not require governance until the end of Summer 2022.

Changing Mode of Delivery for Fall 2022 and Later

Based on experiences delivering courses and programs remotely during the present pandemic, faculty may be considering permanently changing the delivery mode of courses and programs for 2022-2023 or later. In some cases, permanent changes require governance (see table below).

For changes that require governance approval, the proposal is where the strategic and pedagogical considerations; guiding principles; impact on the student experience; and commitment to resources will be addressed. It is expected that conversations about post-pandemic delivery will take place through the end of 2022-23 and that governance will be completed by the end of this period.


Here is the governance process for courses:

OfferingGovernance Required to Create or Change
In-person courseCreate: Through a minor modification.

Change: Changing the mode of delivery of an existing course is done through a minor modification. Adding new delivery options to an existing course (e.g., adding “online” to a course previously approved as “In-person”, etc.) is also done through a minor modification.
Hybrid courseCreate: Through a minor modification.

Change: Changing the mode of delivery of an existing course is done through a minor modification. Adding new delivery options to an existing course (e.g., adding “online” to a course previously approved as “In-person”, etc.) is also done through a minor modification.
Online courseCreate: Through a minor modification.

Change: Changing the mode of delivery of an existing course is done through a minor modification. Adding new delivery options to an existing course (e.g., adding “online” to a course previously approved as “In-person”, etc.) is also done through a minor modification.

Here is the governance process for programs:

OfferingGovernance Required to Create or Change
In-person programCreate: Through a new program process.

Change: Converting an existing hybrid or online program to in person is done through a major modification.
Hybrid programCreate: Through a new program process.

Change: If an existing program is being converted or extended to a hybrid offering, approval is done through a major modification.
Online program*Create: Through a new program process.

Change: If the proposal is to convert or extend an existing program to an online offering, approval is done through a major modification.

* For graduate programs, only Professional Master’s or Diploma programs can be offered entirely online.

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