Trent Forward Update: July 30
As the University gets ready to welcome students to a multi-access learning experience this fall, this update provides a number of announcements as the province moves into Stage 3 (save and except the Windsor-Essex region), allowing us to advance to the next phase of our Trent Forward plan.
Trent Forward Plan Update
The Trent Forward plan guides our gradual and safe return to physical campus operations. The University’s goal is to reduce the potential for transmission of COVID-19 while ensuring high quality teaching, learning and research, and the long-term resilience and vitality of Trent and our local communities. With new public health and provincial directives, the plan has been updated to provide guidance around return to campus plans.
Face Coverings and Masks
COVID-19 may spread through respiratory droplets from infected individuals through coughing, sneezing, and speaking. COVID-19 transmission can occur even when someone is not showing symptoms. As a result, public health authorities are now encouraging the widespread use of face coverings and masks. Trent is set to release a policy next week on the use of face coverings while on campus. Every staff, faculty and student returning to campus will be provided with one free reusable (and washable) mask. The Campus Store will also have a variety of face coverings available for sale.
Athletics Centre to Reopen
The Trent Athletics Centre, home of the Excalibur, is pleased to announce a phased approach to reopening starting September 1 when the Centre opens its doors to Trent University students. This first phase includes the creation of workout zones in the Sport Centre, gymnasium and group fitness spaces, and access to the Alan Marshall Pool for lane swim for Trent students and for existing contracted groups. Trent staff, faculty and community members will be welcomed back to the facility later in the fall. The return to operations follows the latest public health guidelines and provincial directives with enhanced safety measures. Learn more about the plan.
Head of the Trent Regatta Cancelled; Virtual Alumni Homecoming
In light of the restrictions to public gatherings, Trent University and the Peterborough Rowing Club have decided to cancel this year’s Head of the Trent Regatta, and postpone the 50th anniversary of the event until 2021. In addition, a week of virtual celebrations will replace the annual alumni Homecoming event that usually takes place on the same weekend. Updates and more information are available at trentu.ca/hotr. The two-day head race down the Otonabee River has been a major stop on the rowing circuit for 49 years and we look forward to its reinstatement next year. For more updates and information on the Peterborough Rowing Club, please visit peterboroughrowingclub.com
New “Twenty-to-One” Course Initiative
To provide first-year students with a small-group learning experience, the University will offer a course with just 20 students, in a number of sections, in-person and in remote format. Critical Engagement (UNIV 1004H) will allow students to connect with a world-class professor and get to know peers – socially and intellectually – at a time when bringing learners together is more important than ever. With wrap-around supports from the Colleges and Student Services, this course will strengthen students’ skills in self-reflection, communication and peer-peer engagement, critical analysis, applied learning and goal setting, information seeking, and academic communication.
Faculty are working to prepare their remote courses for the fall term. This includes attending workshops on remote teaching, planning, and using Blackboard to set up the learning experiences for students. So far, there have been more than 500 participants in the workshops offered through the combined efforts of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Trent Online and Information Technology (trentu.ca/teaching/workshops). Remote Teaching Support Teams have been established to help faculty with their questions, concerns and use of Blackboard. Department chairs are now working on return-to-campus plans, which will enable a safe and planned approach to how faculty and academic staff continue to support students both remotely, and on campus.
Posted on July 30, 2020