Planning Your Courses
A guide to help students make course planning decisions for the academic year
Trent is committed to “multi-access” learning for 2020-21 academic year. What does this mean for courses? Most courses will be made available through online or remote delivery. In some cases, programs, courses, or course components may require in-person instruction (in the case of labs, specialized hands-on or small cohort courses, workshops, seminars, etc.).
We know you have questions. To help you navigate the changing landscape and inform your plans for the 2020/21 academic year, we invite you to explore the resources below, including a full listing of courses available in 2020/21 (remote, online or in-person) and more details on the four types of course experiences you can expect at Trent.
Winter Term Update (November 11, 2020)
To allow faculty to adapt and prepare for the winter semester, the start of classes will be delayed from Wednesday, January 6 to Monday, January 11. The last day of classes and beginning of the winter exam period have also been extended. Other campus services will remain unchanged.
Winter Timetable Update
The winter academic timetable has been updated. Check the instructions column for updated information around the delivery of your winter term courses. As is normal every term, there may be minor changes to courses and/or sections between now and the start of term. Be sure to check back at the start of term to confirm course location, day and time. Students with questions about specific winter course offerings are encouraged to reach out to the academic department directly.
Most winter 2021 courses will be offered online or through remote delivery with optional opportunities for students to participate in course components in-person if they are able. Although some courses will be offered in-person, students should be reassured that most of these courses will include options for remote or online learning for students unable to attend in-person. Only a very small number of courses will require mandatory in-person attendance, primarily those that cannot be offered in an alternate format. This multi-access approach has been developed to give students as much flexibility and choice as possible.
Your Choice is Key
The main thing about courses at Trent in the upcoming academic year is that almost all courses will be offered in a way that allows you to access content remotely or online. Even where in-person components exist, many courses will provide students with options to access content and learning material if they cannot be present.
2020/21 Academic Timetable
View the full list of courses for the upcoming academic year, including how they will be delivered, so you can start planning your timetable.
4 Types of Course Experiences You Can Expect at Trent this Year
For the 2020/21 academic year, students will have access to four types of course experiences, each designed to optimize student learning experience while supporting the health and safety of our campus community.
Learn more below, then start building your timetable so you are ready when course registration opens.
Many winter courses currently indicate in-person as “mandatory” because of our hope that by the winter term, more students will be able to return to study primarily on campus and we want you to be able to plan accordingly. In the event that guidance regarding the pandemic does not permit a full return to campus, and students need to study remotely for their health and safety, the University will ensure that there is choice. As much as possible – and with the exception of courses that must be done on campus – programs will allow for a multi-access approach with in-person and online options.
Questions about planning your courses or timetable? We can help.
Academic advisors in Peterborough and Durham are available to help students. Learn more on the Academic Advising webpage or call the academic advising phone line in Peterborough at 705-748-1011 ext. 7333 or Durham at 905-435-5100 for help with course selection and registration.