Distance Education

First Day of Classes

At your very first meeting with your class, please review the following items with your students.

  • Ask students to confirm their registration in the class via PAWS.
  • Explain to students that they should not make plans to be away until they have seen their final examination schedule. Deferred examinations are only granted for compassionate or medical reasons.
  • Inform them of the Off-campus Library services (DDLS) available to them.
  • Introduce them to the DEU Writing Centre for help with their essays and assignments.
  • Make them aware of Disability Services for Students and how it can assist them with notetaking, exam invigilation, alternate textbook format. They must apply and be accepted to use the services.
  • Set up a telephone tree for last-minute class cancellations due to inclement weather, illness, etc.
  • Review the class schedule highlighting any times you know that classes will have to be re-scheduled.
  • Provide the students with information on how to order textbooks.
  • Direct them to the general information pages in the DEU program guide and Student Support page regarding student services.
  • Inform the students that if at any point they wish to withdraw from the class, they must do so officially by using the PAWS registration system. Cancellation is effective on the date the student enters the cancellation into the PAWS system. If they fail to take these steps, they will continue to be considered as registered students and will receive both an academic penalty (they will fail the class) and a financial penalty (they will not be eligible for any refund).

and most importantly

  • Distribute a class syllabus that has been approved by the department.

Questions? Email us or call 306.966.2251