Many students may be concerned how Economics courses will operate in the Spring 2021 semester. The impact of Covid-19 has necessitated that all ECON courses move to online delivery. Some ECON courses are being offered synchronously, meaning that an online Zoom lecture will be conducted on a specific day and time during each week of the semester. Students in these courses will be given a link to the online lectures at the start of the semester. These "live" lectures will be recorded and made available on Moodle, or another file server, for students who cannot attend the live lectures. Other ECON courses are being offered asynchronously, meaning that there is no assigned day and time for a "live" lecture, instead recorded lectures will be available for students to view at any time. If an ECON course has no day or time designation on the Registrar's timetable web page, it is asynchronous. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate courses. Office hours will be made available via Zoom for student consultations with the ECON course instructor. Unfortunately, the online delivery of courses does not substitute fully for normal in-person lectures. That is regrettable, but necessary given the situation. It will put greater responsibility on students to keep up with the course material and insure that assignments and exams are completed in a timely fashion and with honesty.
Course outlines, readings and assignments will all be provided to students electronically by the course instructor. The method of delivery of gradeable materials will be decided by the instructor. Several online systems for turning in assignments and exams (CrowdMark, enhanced Moodle, etc.) have been obtained by the Faculty of Arts and Science, however the use of these systems is determined by the course instructor.
Textbooks will be available from the university bookstore - some are physical copies and the rest are online copies. The bookstore has textbooks lists for each course and information how to obtain textbooks. The library stacks will not be available, but online books, journals, databases and other materials will be available.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ECON course, please contact the instructor. Email addresses are available from the university directory page.