The pandemic has significantly altered both course delivery and teaching and learning at Schulich, and I recognize that many of you have put in significant effort to prepare for a radically different teaching and learning experience this term. For some, this may also be your first time navigating teaching in a virtual environment. As the School adapts and responds to the challenges stemming from the pandemic, and prepares for an altered teaching and learning landscape that will almost certainly remain once it subsides, it is clear that we have an increased need for high-quality teaching and learning support and development within the faculty, whether related to instructional design and pedagogy, curricular development, or the use of instructional technology. With this new CITE team in place, the faculty can expect to receive more coordinated and effective service provision in relation to their teaching and learning needs. The creation of the office should also be seen as an important signal of the School’s ongoing commitment to curricular, teaching, and learning excellence, particularly in the most challenging of times.
I want to extend my sincere thanks to each of you for your efforts to transition your courses to a remote/online format, not only for this Fall but the past Winter and Summer terms as well, and for your dedication to maintaining Schulich’s high quality standards with regard to the learning experience we provide our students.
For any questions about the CITE office or for use of its services, please contact CITE@schulich.yorku.ca.
All the best for the remainder of the term.