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Changes to the TELE program for the 2019-20 academic year


As announced in previous years, the university is continuing the transition of the Technology-enriched Learning Environment (TELE) program for undergraduate students to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model.  Under BYOD, the university provides the same curriculum-specific software but the student provides their own personal computer.  In so doing, we provide the student with device choice and a much lower TELE ancillary fee.

Last September, the university successfully introduced BYOD TELE to students in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Business and Information Technology (with the exception of Game Development and Entrepreneurship program).

Effective September 2019, undergraduate students in the following three additional faculties will embrace the BYOD TELE model:
  • All students in Game Development and Entrepreneurship program in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology
  • All students in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
  • First year students  in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (incoming first year students in Fall 2019)

As in the first and second phase of BYOD, Information Technology Services will identify minimum hardware standards to guide students’ choice of technology.  Returning students will be offered an opportunity to buy their existing university-provided TELE device. For students whose own device becomes unavailable, a short-term rental program will be available through the Library. 

Please note that this change does not affect students in Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (students who will be in Year 2+ starting in the 2019 Fall semester).  Those students will continue to participate in the Laptop TELE model as in previous years.

The university will continue to provide laptops to faculty members, teaching assistants and administrative staff. 

The university remains committed to providing the best software solutions to students in all faculties.  Information Technology Services will continue to provide technical support – face-to-face, online and by phone - as well as in-room support for online exams.

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