Regulations and Considerations

This course is guided and bound by Lakehead University policies and regulations. Here are ones that you need to know.

What if I’m Late? What if I have trouble completing a task on time?

In rare circumstances, a weekly post, activity or response is completed after the due date. Please contact me if you know this will occur. If you contact me PRIOR to the end of the week in which an issue arises, or an extension is requested, that weekly post, response, event or task will be accepted up to 5 days following the weekly Friday due date and time, without penalty. If you have not completed the task within this extended time frame, a grade of NOT MET will be apportioned for that task in that particular week, at the discretion of the instructor. All tasks are expected to meet the minimum expectations of Level 2 or Level 3 as outlined on the Lakehead Faculty of Education Rubric (see Faculty of Ed Grading Policies).

Support for Evaluation

➔ Your grade will be based on the completed tasks on the Individual Grading Grid spreadsheet using a MET / NOT MET YET designation. Marks for the Inquiry Project are based on the Lakehead Faculty of Education rubric.

➔ You may discuss any work in progress before submission of an assessment (email or send a chat message if you would like to book an appointment). Video conferences can be done during scheduled office hours or by appointment.

➔ You will find the University’s policies regarding evaluation in the University Calendar.


Lakehead University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. If you are a student with a disability and think you may need accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and register as early as possible. For more information, please visit

Related Lakehead University and/or Faculty of Education Regulations/Policies

Students are responsible to review and be familiar with the regulations related to:

  • Code of Conduct / Netiquette / Norms of Collaboration                     

Students are asked to behave in this course and all other online interactions in a professional and civil manner. If you are in doubt, do not post it or do not say it! Instructors reserve the right to request the removal of any postings deemed inappropriate, unprofessional, or otherwise distracting. REVIEW the Rules of Netiquette and Norms of Collaboration.

With the onset of fully online learning due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the following statements are required for all course syllabi. While these do not support the spirit and intention of this course, these are important statements to consider while managing your critical digital literacies.

(1) Copyright Compliance: I understand and agree that all instructional, reference, and administrative materials to which I am given access in this course (the “course materials”), whether they consist of text, still or kinetic images, or sound, whether they are in digital or hard copy formats, and in whatever media they are offered, are protected in their entirety by copyright, and that to comply with this copyright and the law

(1) I may access and download the course materials only for my own personal and non-commercial use for this course; and

(2) I am not permitted to download, copy, store (in any medium), forward or share, transmit, broadcast, show, post or play in public, adapt, or change in any way any text, image, or sound component of the course materials for any other purpose whatsoever except as expressly authorized, and only to the extent authorized, in writing, by the course instructor.

NOTE: you are hereby authorized and permitted by me as the course author, here in writing, to download, copy, store, share, transmit, show, post, play in public, adapt, and change any materials from this course, specifically under a Creative Commons license and where a CC license is evident, under the Creative Commons license CC BY SA NC (attribution, share alike, non-commercial). This does not automatically apply to any or all course materials that are embedded in this course website which may have it’s own copyright regulations.

I further understand and agree that, if I infringe the copyright of the course materials in any way, I may be prosecuted under the Lakehead University Student Code of Conduct – Academic Integrity, which requires students to act ethically and with integrity in academic matters and to demonstrate behaviours that support the University’s academic values.

(2) Exam/Assignment Integrity: 

I understand and agree that: (1) Unless otherwise allowed by the course instructor, I must complete the assignments in this course without the assistance of anyone else(2) Unless otherwise allowed by the course instructor, I must not access any sources or materials (in print, online, or in any other way) to complete any course exam.

For this course, collaboration and feedback is anticipated and expected in order to complete any/all of the course work. You are allowed and encouraged to engage in conversations and share resources with your classmates in order to complete the inquiry project and the engaged learning assignments. While sharing and collaboration is an expectation, you should create digtal artifacts that evidence and showcase your own individual thinking about the course topics in order to extend and enhance your critical digital literacies.

I further understand and agree that, if I violate either of these two rules, or if I provide any false or misleading information about my completion of course assignments or exams, I may be prosecuted under the Lakehead University Student Code of Conduct – Academic Integrity, which requires students to act ethically and with integrity in academic matters and to demonstrate behaviours that support the University’s academic values.

Statement relating to recording of students during video enabled synchronous sessions:

“In EDUC 3516, in the context of remote instruction and participation, video and audio recordings of class activities will be made to ensure students’ and instructors’ easy and comprehensive access to those activities. The recordings are confidential and are intended only for the use of the course students and instructors. They may otherwise not be used or disclosed. During recording, to protect others’ privacy, each student should ensure that no one else is present in the location where they are being recorded without that non-student’s consent.  The recordings are made under the authority of sections 3 and 14 of The Lakehead University Act, 1965.  Questions about the collection of the images and sounds in the recordings may be directed to the Program Chair, Dr. Michael Hoechsmann, Faculty of Education, 1 Colborne Street W, Orillia, ON, L3V 7X5, (705) 330-4008 ext 2640”

With this being said, there are two required video enabled sessions that are ‘check-in’ conversations done in small groups. These will not be recorded. Additionally, there are two optional video enabled sessions with guest speakers that will be recorded and posted to the course web site. Students who wish to engage in these sessions will be given a warning and given time to turn off their cameras prior to recording. Additionally, opportunity to engage with the guest speakers will be done during non-recorded time.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research in Your Classroom: 

As your instructor, I approach teaching and learning in a scholarly way, which means that my teaching practices are supported by research and evidence derived from my classes. This course may also be evaluated as part of internal or external quality assurance processes and as part of ongoing curriculum design and improvement. As a student in this course, your D2L student data may be used for evaluating the course delivery and your engagement in the various aspects of the course. If this occurs, it will only be after final grades are submitted and approved, so it will have no effect on your grade.

The D2L and digital course data provides information about your individual course usage and activity during the time that you are enrolled in the course. Your anonymized, aggregated data may also be used in the future in reports, articles or presentations. Please note, that should I utilize information from a course for research, I will only do so with clearance from the University Research Ethics Board and which would satisfy the requirements of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans.  Any such research would involve having your free and informed consent first and would spell out the conditions for the research including how your privacy, security, and welfare would be protected.