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Inter-Union event on bimodal courses

How are bimodal courses going?
Come share your experience with us! 

Throughout the past two months of bimodal courses being taught across our campus, the Inter-Union Coalition of the University of Ottawa (ICUO), which is comprised of the unions representing students, full-time and part-time professors, teaching and research assistants, and support staff, has been consistently hearing from their various members about the:

  • lack of adequate training for preparing and delivering bimodal courses;
  • lack of adequate technological tools and infrastructures;
  • lack of accommodation measures;
  • breach of collective agreements; and
  • significant dissatisfaction with bimodal courses despite the goodwill, efforts, and ingenuity of those participating in this large-scale experiment.

The Central Administration failed to anticipate the complications associated with this instructional format. In line with its unilateral decision to offer bimodal courses on a large scale during the fall term, it is now failing to proactively and cooperatively address the concerns raised by staff and students. Put simply, it is failing to demonstrate the “agility” it likes to promote. The ICUO has been trying to meet with the Central Administration since the Winter 2021 term to discuss a return to in-person learning that is reasonable, safe, and optimal for the university community as a whole. The Central Administration continues to refuse our invitations and to ignore our concerns regarding bimodal teaching. 

The ICUO wants to hear from its members and, as such, invites you to a panel event and open discussion about bimodal teaching and learning.

The event will take place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 10. Please register at the following link.

Join us to share your experience and to hear from others in our community!