Queen’s University has worked closely with regional public health authorities to develop a plan that will see us take a phased-in approach to welcome our students to campus gradually during the 2020-21 academic year. As part of this safe re-entry plan, undergraduate programs will operate on a remote basis for the Fall 2020 term. This decision was not made lightly, and we know that it is disappointing. It is for us as well — campus isn’t the same without our students. We do, however, have a duty of care to keep people safe during this time of crisis.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has the experience, tools and expertise to provide a high quality, engaging learning experience online. We already have best-in-class online programs in some of our departments, and our Teaching and Learning team is a leader in engineering education innovation. They have been working closely with our faculty to optimize the remote learning environment. We are investing significantly in course design, technology and tools to ensure a high-quality educational experience.

We have multiple planning groups of faculty, staff, and students working on everything from enhancing the student academic experience to community engagement. We will be working over the summer to ensure that fall term courses are interactive and engaging, and to maintain the collaboration and community that are key to a Queen’s engineering education.

Please check this page regularly for faculty-specific information about the Fall term.

Incoming first-year students

Welcome to the Queen’s engineering community! We know that this has been an uncertain time for you as you begin your university career. The decision to deliver your Fall 2020 semester remotely was not made lightly. We do, however, have a duty of care to keep people safe and to support our community during this time of crisis.

Please join us for one of our webinar and Q&A sessions to learn more about our programs and the Queen’s engineering community.

Did your last term of high school leave you feeling a bit unprepared for university? We’ve got you covered! Get ready for Fall with our free QEng Prep program – featuring diagnostics and self-guided modules in math, chemistry and physics to give you the skills and confidence to succeed at Queen’s!

We know how important the Queen’s spirit is for incoming students, and we are working closely with the Engineering Society to plan out events and activities to provide the Queen’s spirit and sense of community for you, both remotely and when we welcome you on campus in January.

Just because you aren’t on campus doesn’t mean you can’t connect with your peers. We’ll help you make friends through social connections, and have you work in virtual teams. We’ll also help you make connections with upper-year students, and plan to group students living in the same city into teams for in-person work, if permitted by health authorities.

Although we know that starting your engineering education remotely is not ideal, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has the experience, tools and expertise to provide you with a high quality, engaging learning experience online. We already have best-in-class online programs in some of our departments, and we are investing significantly in course design, technology and tools to ensure a high-quality educational experience.

FAQ

Will any Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science courses be held on campus in the Fall?
All undergraduate programs will operate on a remote basis for the Fall 2020 term. Graduate courses, including Master’s and PhD courses will be largely be offered on campus, depending on size and facilities.

Will I be able to come to campus for the Winter 2021 term?
We are currently planning for classes in the winter term to be held on campus, however Queen’s will be following the guidance of government and public health authorities in this matter.

I chose Queen’s Engineering for the community. Now I worry that my academic experience will resemble any online school’s curriculum. How will it be different?
First, keep in mind that this is a temporary measure, and that the majority of your education will still be on-campus, with the signature Queen's experience. We are working with the Engineering Society to adapt Queen's traditions to a remote learning model, and building in significant interaction and collaboration that are not always part of online education.

How will Frosh Week / Orientation be handled?
We have different planning groups of students, staff and faculty working on all aspects of the Fall, including social activities. We’re looking at a number of ideas, so stay tuned!

I live in a different time zone than Queen’s. How will that affect my learning?
If you anticipate that the time zone differences will affect any of your courses, please inform your instructor as soon as possible.

What technology do I need to participate in online courses?
Along with high-speed Internet access (5-10 Mbps of download speed), you’ll need:

  • A computer with the most up to date versions of Windows or Mac OS, and the latest version of Chrome or Firefox
  • A headset / headphones
  • Webcam or built-in camera
  • A microphone (if not built into laptop or headphones)

The Faculty will provide you with access to our AppsAnywhere technology so that you can access any specialty software that you need, along with virtual access to our computer labs. More detailed information is available here.

How will team projects work?
We’ll be creating virtual teams online, and also working to connect first-year students with upper-year students. If permitted by health authorities, we also plan to group students living in the same city into teams for in-person work.

How will labs / hands-on courses work?
Some options include sending a kit of equipment to students so they can perform some tasks at home, creating virtualized lab experiences, creating lab simulations, and creating laboratory demonstrations. In cases where no good alternative can be found, some lab experiences may be moved into a future semester.

How will the Faculty ensure that multiple learning styles are accommodated for with remote learning?
We will be providing a range of approaches for students to interact with content, the instructor, and their peers, and are designing courses accordingly.

How will I get the textbooks that I need? Will the Bookstore ship them to me?
The Campus Bookstore offers an easy to access online textbook search engine and order system and ships via FedEx.

What calculator should I buy?
The Casio 991 series will be the only calculators approved for engineering exams. They can be purchased from the Campus Bookstore.

Will I be able to access library resources?
Yes, Queen’s University Library online resources (e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.) are available. Consult the library’s website for more information.

How will I contact my professor or teaching assistant in an online class? How will office hours work?
Instructors and teaching assistants will be available within your course page in onQ. They may also be contacted by email — information will be posted for each of your courses. Some instructors and teaching assistants may also host one-on-one or group help sessions by video or live chat.

Will there be a cut in the number of teaching positions?
No, we are not anticipating a cut in the number of TA positions and are currently making plans for how TAs will be trained and supported in the Fall.

Will tutoring and other supports be available?
Yes, tutoring and other academic supports provided through Student Services and the Engineering Society will continue to be available. We are working hard to ensure that we are also adding additional supports with the remote learning environment in mind.

What kind of community will I be able to participate in if I am not on campus? What resources and supports will be available?
We agree that the Queen's Engineering community is an important aspect of your education experience. This is why we have been working with instructors, students, and others on campus to ensure that we are able to give students as many opportunities as possible to connect and engage with their peers, instructors, and the rest of the Queen's community. We are also currently looking for new and exciting ways to support social engagement and outreach during the Fall term. Further information will be provided to students in the coming months.

What if I try online classes and they don't go well?
Queen’s Engineering has a very strong record of supporting our students. Our 10-point success model includes advisors, workshops and early intervention for students who are having difficulties. We are developing new *support programs* that will help support students who may struggle with online learning. We also have an extended program that allows students to retake any failed fall semester courses in winter term, so you can stay on track. We’re here to help you succeed!

Will my tuition be reduced because my courses are online?
Consistent with the rest of the sector, online courses have always had the same fee structure as regular courses. The tuition reflects the quality of the overall degree. Queen’s will be delivering remote programming to the high-quality standards associated with our degrees. Therefore, there will be no tuition fee reductions for online classes. Other ancillary fees will be reduced as appropriate.

Questions? We're here to help! Contact us at ask@engineering.queensu.ca