Preparing first-year students for Fall 2020

Posted on May 21, 2020

Now that Queen’s has made the difficult but necessary decision to deliver the Fall 2020 semester remotely, faculty, staff and students at Engineering and Applied Science are working hard to ensure that all students receive a high-quality educational experience – and that first year students feel confident beginning their first university term.

“Although starting your engineering education remotely is not ideal, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has the experience, tools and expertise to provide students with a high quality, engaging learning experience online,” says Brian Frank, the Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning. “We already have best-in-class online programs in some of our departments, and our Engineering Teaching and Learning Team is a leader in engineering education innovation.”

Frank notes that the faculty is investing significantly in course design, technology and tools to ensure a high-quality educational experience. A remote teaching fund is also available for faculty members who need support for transitioning their courses to an online format.

For students who may be feeling a bit unprepared for university due to the disruption of the final high school term, the Faculty has developed QEng Prep, a free summer program with diagnostic tests and self-guided learning modules in math, physics and chemistry. Students will able be able to access resources such as tutoring to help them get ready for the Fall.

The Faculty is also working closely with the Engineering Society to plan out events and activities to provide the Queen’s spirit and sense of community, and will be helping to connect first-years with upper-year students. If permitted by health authorities, students living in the same city will be grouped into teams for in-person work.

The university currently plans to have students back on campus in January 2021, and will continue to provide updates to students as information becomes available. “We know this is a challenging time,” says Frank. “But engineers are problem solvers, and we will use our creative problem-solving to maintain the safety of our community while delivering quality education.”

Learn more about the QEng Prep program…