Information for instructors about returning to campus

Current Status

To minimize the number of people on our campuses and prevent the spread of COVID-19, all work that can be conducted remotely must continue to be conducted remotely until at least August 31, 2021. The only exceptions are:

One-time and occasional visits to campus can be permitted by supervisors and managers according to the above criteria. See the Approval Processes for Returning to Campus section of the Safety Measures General Directives for more information.

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Instructor Requirements

  • Instructors and Teaching Assistants will be expected to confirm with their departments or faculties the mix of in-person and remote delivery courses and plan accordingly.
  • Classroom capacity is as indicated in information on Bear Tracks. If any changes arise in public health measures that impact the number of occupants permitted in campus spaces, communication will be initiated to advise the community of the changes.
  • Before returning to campus, all instructors and TAs will be expected to complete the return to campus safety eLearning course. The University of Alberta web page will contain up-to-date information about public health conditions and safety measures.
  • Communication between instructors, TAs, department chairs/equivalent and faculty offices is encouraged to share information and identify concerns.

Managing Workloads

  • Instructors are encouraged to discuss workloads with their supervisor/department chair if concerns arise and/or conditions change.
  • Support services, such as those provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), will be available for instructors, although some supports may be phased in according to the capacity of the system for returning employees.
  • The university is encouraging units to set up discussion forums or mechanisms to share ideas on return to campus and in-person instruction, stress reduction and other supports.