Procedures for the Fall 2020 semester

The following procedures will be applied in order to ensure that the Fall 2020 session runs as smoothly as possible:

  • The majority of courses during the Fall session will be delivered remotely. The balance will be delivered in person. This information was conveyed at an earlier date.
  • Students who are enrolled in courses to be delivered remotely must have access to a computer, a microphone and a camera, along with Internet access, preferably with a connection speed of 10Mb/s or higher.
  • At the discretion of ÉTS, courses to be delivered remotely may be recorded. As required, recordings of courses may be made available to students, primarily via the ÉTS portal.
  • Grading for courses will be applied in accordance with normal grading procedures at ÉTS.
  • For courses to be delivered remotely, all exams (midterms, finals) will be held remotely. They will be invigilated using the computer’s camera and microphone, and may be recorded. This is necessary in order to comply with the requirements of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) in ensuring the validity of evaluations.
  • It is obvious that, given the current context, ÉTS must prepare for the possibility of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which may lead to a retightening of government directives and recommendations after the beginning of the Fall 2020 session. Please rest assured that ÉTS will comply with all applicable rules aimed at maintaining public health, which may go as far as prohibiting access to the ÉTS campus and delivering all teaching and evaluation activities online for the balance of the Fall 2020 semester.
  • ÉTS or your Department may implement additional requirements, depending on the specific characteristics of your program.

If you are not in agreement with the procedures described above, you should cancel your registration for any courses before September 13 in order to qualify for reimbursement.

For new students enrolled in Bachelor programs only, you should cancel your registration for any courses before September 25 in order to qualify for reimbursement.

By maintaining your registration, you signify that you accept the specific procedures for the Fall 2020 semester.

Why do I need a webcam and a microphone for remote training?

For two reasons:

  • For the purpose of communication within the virtual classroom. Just like in a real classroom, communication between students and the instructor is facilitated by the ability to be seen and heard.
  • Since exams will also be held remotely, ÉTS must ensure that you are the one who is taking your exam, and that you do not have any external communications. Therefore, your camera and microphone will be used to verify this, and will fulfil the function of an invigilator in a real classroom. Among other reasons, this is necessary in order to comply with the requirements of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) in ensuring the validity of evaluations.

Does ÉTS have specific requirements with respect to webcams and microphones?

No, all webcams and microphones are acceptable, including smart phone cameras and microphones.

Is ÉTS saving money during the COVID-19 pandemic?

No, in fact, the opposite is true. The staff at ÉTS continues to provide services, and the faculty continues to teach, so salaries are still being paid. In addition, ÉTS has been forced to incur a number of other expenses: the opening of additional groups/courses in order to reduce the number of students per class, the acquisition of software licences for remote training, the installation of equipment on campus (disinfecting stations, posters), etc.

Will ÉTS be collecting information about students by webcam during the remote invigilation of exams?

ÉTS will only use the images to verify the identity of the students who are taking the exam and to ensure that the usual instructions are complied with, such as taking the exam alone and without external communications. The recordings will be used exclusively as evidence in the case of infractions, and will be destroyed as soon as possible.

My connection speed is lower than 10 Mb/s. What should I do?

A connection speed of 10 Mb/s, which is relatively standard for Internet packages, is sufficient for the vast majority of remote-teaching situations. This is a recommendation, and we understand that this connection speed is not accessible in certain areas, which may reduce your comfort level with respect to remote training. It is important to verify whether you are able to follow your courses despite your lower connection speed. If not, we recommend that you either find another solution or cancel the registration for any remote courses and request reimbursement.

Can I access ÉTS computer labs remotely?

Yes, we now offer remote access to ÉTS computer labs. Students have off-campus access to their departments’ computers, allowing them to use specialized software programs and complete lab assignments. In all, we have more than 1,300 computers available for students to use.