Fall 2020 Program Information
Following the instructional model adopted by Western University as a whole in response to the continuing COVID-19 situation, the School of Occupational Therapy has made plans to provide a mixed model of online and in-person course delivery for both incoming and continuing students. We are carefully redesigning our in-person instruction to implement multiple levels of infection prevention and control for the safety of students and instructors.
Lectures will be front loaded in the term and delivered solely online - both asynchronously and synchronously as pedagogy/content permits. Although the majority of our instruction will be online, there are essential learning objectives in our Occupational Therapy program that cannot be achieved without in-person instruction.
Students entering the second year of the program should plan to be on campus for in-person labs from November 21 to November 30, 2020 (including Saturdays and Sundays). Students entering the first year of the program should plan to be on campus for labs from December 2, 2020 through the end of the term (approximately December 20, 2020). For incoming first-year students, we are currently in the planning stages of developing online orientation activities.
Western’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by, and adheres to, the advice of federal, provincial and local health authorities and prioritizes the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We have developed our plans for our academic programs based on the best information available; however, given the ever-changing nature of this public health situation, these schedules and plans may change as required. We will keep you updated. We appreciate your patience as we work to support all members of the Western community.
Virtual Office Support
Based on the current situation, and in order to protect the health of students and staff, we have made adjustments to the way our office is operating. As Western continues to monitor the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, our priority continues to be finding the best way to support students in achieving their academic goals.
Until further notice, the School of Occupational Therapy offices will be operating virtually with no staff physically present in the office. Our virtual office hours will remain the same, with faculty and staff available via email.
OT in Profile
Occupational Therapy professor Trish Tucker was a member of the research committee for the 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth and the results show that there is room for improvement in the activity level of Canadian kids.
“Change takes a lot of time, especially at the population level,” explained Tucker, who has been a member of the report card research committee for the last two reports. “We weren’t expecting to see huge changes in behaviours. We hope this opens the door for a lot of opportunity and action to initiate change and start seeing the grades moving up.”
Read more about how her work and expertise are shaping the national dialogue and informing policy that get more kids moving.
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