Procedures for the Summer 2022 session

In order to ensure that the Summer 2022 session can be held within the current context, the following specific procedures will be applied:

  • The teaching activities for the Summer 2022 session will include "in-person" and remote activities and will be adjusted according to the evolution of the public health situation.
  • 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. Students must open their camera and/or their microphone when required, in particular for the purposes of identification or evaluation.
  • Courses to be delivered remotely may be recorded in order to make them available to students enrolled in the course.
  • Grading for courses will be applied in accordance with normal grading procedures at ÉTS.
  • Exams (midterms, finals) will be done in person, as long as the public health situation allows it.
  • The current situation prompts the ÉTS to closely monitor the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could lead, before or after the beginning of the Summer 2022 session, to a retightening of government directives and recommendations. 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 Summer 2022 session. Thus, if the exams (midterms, finals) were to be done remotely, they will be invigilated using the computer’s camera and microphone, and may be recorded. This is necessary to comply with the requirements of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (BCAPG) to ensure the validity of assessments.
  • Additional requirements may be specified by the ÉTS or your department, depending on the specifics of your study program.

By registering or by maintaining your registration, you signify that you accept the specific procedures for the Summer 2022 session.

Remember that you have until May 17, 2022 to unsubscribe from your courses and be reimbursed.

For the new students enrolled in the Bachelor program only, you have until May 31, 2022 to unsubscribe from your courses and be reimbursed.

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 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.

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

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

I haven’t received my webcam yet. Can I still start the semester?

Yes, you can begin your semester without a webcam if you have taken reasonable steps to procure one. We understand that the limited availability of cameras and delivery problems may delay the reception of yours until after May 4.

Is ÉTS saving money during the confinement period?

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 in dealing with the current situation: the opening of additional groups/courses for the Summer semester (to reduce the number of students per class), the acquisition of software licences for remote training, the launch of the financial assistance fund, 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.