You may need to be away during the course of the year for vacation, research or leave of absence. Should this occur, you will need to make arrangements for sufficient support for your course so that it can carry on without you. This includes any arrangements for grading assignments, facilitating discussions or answering content related questions.

In the event of any planned or unplanned absence, please:

  • Notify your department head of the dates of your intended absence and discuss the arrangements that you have made for your students.
  • Notify your course developer of the dates of your intended absence. He or she will ensure that any helpdesk queries are re-routed during your absence.
  • Notify students of any short-term or unplanned absence. You can do this via the email all function on the Faculty Service Centre. Also, notify your students within your online course via an Announcements posting and be sure they are informed of the arrangements you have made for them and for the course in your absence.
    Note: It is important that you try to avoid planning vacations or travel during the start of term or peak exam periods prior to graduation (late April-mid May and August).

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