Course formats for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms

For the Fall term, the University will offer different course formats, to meet the expectations of those who would like to enjoy an in-person learning experience while following public health guidelines. Courses will be offered on campus, online and in blended formats (a combination of two or more learning modes). We will continue to show flexibility to students who wish to continue with distance learning for the Fall and Winter terms, but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to take all your courses online without having to change your course sequence.

Key information

  • The course schedule that will be posted May 7 (June 4 for Common Law) will give you a good idea of the number of courses you can take on campus in whole or in part.
  • If you enrol in a blended course (HY) that includes an in-class component, you won’t know when you enrol how often you will have to be on campus. You will receive this information at your first class.
  • The learning experience will vary considerably by faculty, program, year of study and courses selected.
  • Learning modes for some courses might be changed if public health guidelines change. Some in-person courses could be converted into distance courses. However, the number of in-person courses will not increase in the fall, even if there’s a relaxation of physical distancing measures.
  • While it may be hard to predict the situation in early 2022, the course timetable for the Winter term has been published and is available for you to consult, along with the Fall term course timetable. We encourage you to enrol for the Winter term now to ensure your place in the courses you need to advance in your program.
  • We’re aiming for a winter course offerings model similar to that of the fall, with more in-person courses if possible. However, it’s likely that teaching modes for some Winter 2022 courses will change — it will all depend on pandemic developments, public health measures and classroom availability. Again, we can’t guarantee that you will be able to take all your courses online.
Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts will offer the majority of its courses online for the Fall term, but will reintroduce a good number of on-campus learning activities in the majority of its programs, including lecture-format courses and seminars. In first year, one course in four could include in-person activities. In second to fourth years, this number will increase to two courses out of five. Most laboratories and discussion groups will be offered online. You will be able to take a full term of courses at a distance, but this will require changing your course sequence. Please note that theatre and acting students will be able to enjoy a large number of on-campus learning activities and that it will be hard to take these programs fully online without considerably changing your course sequence. For graduate studies, over half of learning activities will take place on campus.

Telfer School of Management

At the Telfer School of Management, one undergraduate learning activity out of three will take place on campus for the Fall term. This will involve mainly lecture-format courses. Online courses will be mainly synchronous online lectures, offered at a pre-determined time to all those who are enrolled. First year students who are interested can come to the campus to participate in the compulsory discussion groups for ADM 1300 and ADM 1700. It will also be possible for you to take all your courses remotely in first year, as long as you enrol early. For graduate studies, over 75% of courses will be offered on campus, so those who are interested can count on a partial in-person experience.

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences plans to offer a large number of courses in person this fall, especially for first year. Over two out of three courses will be given in person or in blended format, so you can have an on-campus experience. In second to fourth years, this number is two courses out of five. Most in-person learning activities will be lecture-format courses. For graduate studies, one learning activity out of three will be offered on campus. Those who wish to enjoy an in-person experience should plan to be on campus this fall.

Faculty of Engineering

You will be able to be on campus this fall for over 50% of Faculty of Engineering learning activities (courses, laboratories, seminars). For undergraduate studies, a selection of blended courses with an on-campus component, mainly laboratories, will be offered. Please note that many first year engineering courses offered by the Faculty of Science will take place online. For graduate studies, nearly half of learning activities will be offered in person or in blended format. You can also take all your courses remotely. If you want to take part in certain in-person activities among the limited course selection of the various engineering disciplines or electives offered by other faculties, you should plan to be on campus.

Faculty of Science

At the Faculty of Science, the majority of first-year courses will be offered online this fall, allowing for a full schedule of distance learning for the year. You can also choose some on-campus learning activities from the limited elective course offerings of other faculties. In second to fourth years, certain learning activities will be offered on campus in the majority of programs, primarily small group lectures and laboratories. If you’re enrolled in in-person learning activities, you’ll have to come to the campus. Your program and course selection may limit your chances of having a completely online schedule. For graduate studies, the majority of learning activities will take place on campus.

Faculty of Health Sciences

The majority of Fall term undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Health Sciences will take place online. However, all bachelor’s and master’s laboratories and placements in Nutrition, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Rehabilitation Sciences will take place on campus, with possible virtual activities. In Nursing, all undergraduate clinical courses will include in-person activities (laboratories and placements). You will have to be on campus for in-person learning activities. The teaching mode for fall courses will remain as published in the May course timetables and won’t change even if Ottawa Public Heath announces a relaxation of physical distancing measures. However, the teaching mode for winter courses could change. A fully online course schedule can’t be guaranteed, except for the Master of Science Nursing — Distance Option. For graduate studies, some in-person courses in lecture or seminar format will be offered.

Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

In Fall 2021, over two thirds of undergraduate learning activities in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, will be offered in blended formats, including partially in person. This proportion will increase to four out of five courses for second year and up. Most in-person activities will be lecture-format courses. With the implementation of blended courses, you will have the choice of going to campus for a number of in-person courses or taking distance courses. For graduate studies, the majority of courses will be offered at a distance.

Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

For the Fall 2021 term, the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, plans to offer 30% to 50% of its courses in person or in a blended format, the rest remaining online. You will be able to meet all your program requirements online for the full 2021–2022 academic year. For graduate studies, the majority of courses will be offered at a distance.

Faculty of Education

This fall, all first-year and most second-year Teacher Education and Formation à l’enseignement courses will be offered at a distance. However, some courses will be offered in a blended format, to enable those who are interested to add some on-campus learning activities to their schedule, mainly lecture-format courses. For graduate studies, one learning activity out of four will be offered in a blended format. If you want, it will be possible to take some courses on campus among a limited selection.

Faculty of Medicine

Undergraduate programs - For Undergraduate Medical Education, courses and learning activities will be mainly offered in person this fall. Students will have to be in Ottawa. A limited number of courses will have an online or partially online component, but it will not be possible to have a completely online course schedule. The undergraduate program in Translational and Molecular Medicine (TMM) features a laboratory course that can only be offered in person, so students will have to be in Ottawa for this program as well.

Graduate programs - Most of our graduate programs require in-laboratory experimentation and therefore on-campus attendance. While the majority courses will have an online component, only a limited number will be offered entirely online. We hope to incorporate as much in-person classroom interaction as possible. However, teaching delivery methods will be adjusted according to public health guidelines. For the School of Epidemiology and Public Health’s MPH, MSc and PhD programs, we expect a variety of teaching modalities in the fall term. However, we still encourage students to be in Ottawa.

Note: The graduate diploma in Population Health Risk Assessment will be offered entirely online.

Enrolment process for online courses

Regular students

From uoZone, go to Applications and click on Student Centre. On the Search for Classes screen, click on Additional Search Criteria.

  1. Select your Course Career: Choose either Undergraduate (Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Sciences or the Telfer School of Management) or Law.
  2. If you know which course you want to take, enter the Subject and Course Number. If you don’t know which course, continue directly to next step.
  3. Under Location, select Virtual from the drop-down menu.
  4. Unselect Show Open Classes Only in order to search for all classes regardless of the status (open, closed, waitlist) and click on Search.
  5. Click on Select next to the course you want to take.

For step-by-step instructions, please see the Student Enrolment Guide tutorial, available on the Enrol application page.


Special students

See the enrolment details for special students.


Teaching methods

All courses are offered in one of the following two ways:

Synchronous: the course is offered in real time, at a specific date and time

Asynchronous: the course does not have an assigned date and time

In order to determine if a course is offered online or in person, you can refer to the course location:

  • An online course will have its location listed as VIRTUAL
  • An in-person course will have an assigned classroom for its location (ex. 125 University (MNT) 303)
ecampus Ontario

The University of Ottawa is part of a provincial initiative called the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), which has recently launched a web-based portal called eCampusOntario. This portal allows students to find and register for online courses in universities across Ontario. It also features many open access resources, to further online learning.

Enrolment Help Centre

Contact us

Tel.: 613-562-5252
Toll-free: 1-877-562-5250

Email: mentors@uOttawa.ca

Office hours


Regular hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

  • May 25 to June 25, 2021

Extended hours (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • June 22, 2021
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