Fall 2021: Course Delivery

This information is to help you understand important terms that describe your courses.

Online = through the web only and no in-person requirements
Blended = at least 30% online with the remainder in-person
In-person = physically present on campus (although Western may rapidly pivot to replace in-person components with online components as the COVID-19 pandemic dictates)
Synchronous = live component (e.g., between instructor and students, or between TA and students). A traditional in-person lecture is a synchronous lecture. An online lecture may be synchronous (e.g., via Zoom) or asynchronous (i.e., a recorded lecture that is posted for you to watch at a time convenient to your schedule). Synchronous means you need to be online at the scheduled time to attend the activity, although some of these activities may be recorded for later playback.

First-year physics courses

All first-year courses in September 2021 are currently planned to be in-person or blended, with the possible exception of online sections for international students who cannot come to Canada. If changes to this plan are necessary, Western University will follow or exceed any guidelines given by the Middlesex London Health Unit. This could mean some classes may have to start the Fall term online.

If you need help deciding on which first-year physics course is right for you, see our decision tree.