Preparing Your Course
Basic Course Information
Dates and Location
Course timetables, which contain information about class locations, dates and times are available on the Registrar's Office and Student Experience (ROSE) website. Academic session dates, such as the first and last days of class, are available on the ROSE Important Dates website. Generally, fall and winter terms are 12 weeks long and summer terms (May/June and July/August) are 6 weeks long. Start and end dates are specified in your contract.
You can access class rosters, wait lists (if applicable), and student contact information via EC Portal. Starting two weeks prior to the start of your class, you can also access class lists and student contact information (but not wait lists) via Quercus.
The usual class size is 12-27 students, but this is somewhat flexible.
Wait lists remain active through the first week of class and then are cancelled on the enrolment deadline (see ROSE Important Dates). Students who are wait-listed may be admitted into the course after the enrolment deadline if there is space available, by completing a course Add/Drop Form which requires the instructor’s signature. It is customary for such students to attend the first class and request the instructor’s signature at that time.
Many courses are listed as having course prerequisites, which can often be waived by the permission of the instructor. If a student approaches you without a course prerequisite and you determine that this restriction can be waived, you can ask the student to complete an add/drop form and return it to you.
When you sign the form, it is the student's responsibility to submit the form to the OISE Registrar's Office to be added into the course.
Materials Required Before Class Begins
The following items are due by the first day of classes:
1. Course Website
Created on Quercus, before classes start.
All courses, instructor assignments and student enrolments are uploaded automatically from ACORN as soon as a department updates the instructor of record with the Registrar's Office (ROSE).
3. Grading Scheme
Provide the grading scheme to students at the first lecture. Please follow the University Grading Policy when creating your grading scheme, noting the sections relevant to Graduate grading.
Getting Started with Quercus
The University of Toronto recommends organizing and administering your course through Quercus, the University's learning management system.
Quercus offers advanced content design, student communication tools, easy-to-use course administration features and a mobile application for access to key functions from a phone or tablet. Through a number of built-in tools and effective integration of other educational technologies, Quercus is a powerful platform that allows for pedagogical flexibility and engagement.
- build your course
- add course content
- keep track of course enrolment
- make announcements to students
- submit assignments
- track submission of assignments and performance on exams
- calculate and present student grades
- arrange and supervise group assignments, discussion boards, and chat rooms
Course Reading Material
Instructors are responsible for organizing and supplying course materials. Please note the photocopier in the LHAE Department on floor 6 and 7 should not be used for reproducing large amounts of class material, and should be reserved for general photocopying of hand-outs and exams only.
Missing or Cancelling a Class
All missed lectures, whether due to instructor absence or a statutory holiday, must be made-up. It is the instructor’s responsibility to negotiate and schedule make-up classes with the students.
If you need to miss a lecture due to illness or other circumstances, you must make alternative arrangements and notify your Program Coordinator. If the lecture is cancelled, you'll need to e-mail your class and post a notice on Quercus. You must also notify LHAE Masters (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Masters courses and LHAE Doctoral (email@example.com) for Doctoral courses who will post a notice on your classroom door.
Cancelling lectures should be a last resort and rescheduling is difficult. There must be unanimous consent from all students, and instructors need to ensure a classroom is available for the rescheduled date and time.