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A Special Message from APHD Chair, Dr. Earl Woodruff on the Fall 2020 term

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Dear incoming and returning APHD students,

We are so pleased that you will be joining us in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD) this Fall 2020. As we enter the summer months, our faculty are working hard to ensure that students will continue to be exposed to excellence in graduate education, research and clinical training that is the hallmark of our department. Glen Jones, the Dean of OISE, has outlined two goals that are guiding our planning for the 2020/2021 Fall/Winter sessions: protecting the health and well-being of students, staff and faculty within and beyond the OISE community and continuing to pursue the core values of our graduate programs, which include offering students the highest quality education.

We recognize that this is a time of challenge and uncertainty and we are continuing to monitor and adapt to the situation as it unfolds. For the fall term, courses within our Department will all be delivered online using a variety of technology-mediated formats. 

As the fall term proceeds and where health and safety guidelines permit, optional in-person small group experiences may be possible. We are working on our course schedule, which will be available for viewing on July 2nd. The schedule will include information about the delivery of various courses so that you can plan your timetable.

Below you will find an explanation on the various methods of course delivery that the university and APHD as a department will have available to you.  You can also find a frequently asked questions (FAQ) that has been put out by the university here to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Although the fall term will look different for many of us, we are committed to providing students with a smooth transition into this learning environment and are thrilled that you will be joining us this fall. We look forward to many opportunities to interact, engage and welcome you to the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development.

Dr. Earl Woodruff
(Chair, APHD) 

Format of Courses:

Courses can be offered in-class, on-line or dual and below you will find explanation on what each of these methods mean. In addition, whenever possible the course schedule will also give you details on how each course is being offered.

  • Online Synchronous – A course is considered Online Synchronous if it requires online attendance at a specific time for some or all course activities, and does not require attendance at a specific location for any activities or exams.
  • Asynchronous – A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.
  • In Person – A course is considered In Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.
    *Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Note: Our international students do not need to be in Toronto to start their program.  They can begin their studies online, in their home country, and then join us in Toronto later in the fall or winter when it is safe to do so.