Alternative Delivery for University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus’ Programs: Fall 2020

COVID-19 has challenged every academic institution in our province to consider safe and valuable learning opportunities for the delivery of academics for fall 2020.  Working within current and fluid provincial guidelines, Ridgetown Campus has carefully reviewed all the options for the safe delivery to new (first year) and returning (second or third year) students who have accepted an offer of admission or are planning to continue their studies on campus. As a result, our overall on-campus student population has been reduced by 50% to offer the safest learning environments. Remember that this fall semester is just one chapter of your life-long learning process.

The delivery mode of individual courses for each Fall 2020 program offered by Ridgetown Campus can be found on the Course Registration page.

Asynchronous (AD-A; REMOTE) learning happens without the need for real-time interaction. Your instructor will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments, and assessments with deadlines, and you can access the material and satisfy these requirements based on your own schedule; you do not need to log in at specific times.

Synchronous (AD-S; VIRTUAL) learning is the kind of learning that happens in real-time. This means that you, your classmates, and your instructor interact through a specific online medium (e.g., Zoom; Teams; Virtual Classroom), at a specific time (e.g., 9:00 to 9:50 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday).

Courses that are being taught in an AD-A Asynchronous Delivery (REMOTE) method will have a one-hour block of AD-S (VIRTUAL) time indicated on WebAdvisor. This one-hour scheduled block of time, once a week, has been designated for instructors and students of the course to get together as a 'class'.

An email was sent to new students from the Campus Registrar on or after July 9th which provided your central login and password information, along with your Guelph-assigned email account (Gryphmail). You can also find a list of Fall 2020 courses on the Course Registration section that students are to register according to the program in which you have accepted.

Fall 2020 (F20) courses will commence on Monday, September 14, 2020. View a complete list of important dates on the Getting Started page.

If your academic program is being offered on campus and you cannot come to campus, you may not be able to complete the program. You should consult the Program Counsellor at or Academic Program Co-ordinator.

Yes, students can register into any number of courses from 1-6 in any given semester.

  • Registering into 4 or more courses is considered full-time status.
  • Registering into 3 or less courses is considered part-time status.

Note: Future course prerequisite requirements should be considered when registering into current course offerings. Contact the campus Program Counsellor at or Registrar for more information

Yes, in all our associate diploma programs, students studying full-time will be registered into their 6 required courses. In semester 1 there are no electives.

Your timetable will be formalized closer to the start date of classes, and you will receive it from your Academic Program Co-ordinator before or on the start of the semester.

Students enrolled into the Veterinary Office Administration (CVOA) program are NOT required to enroll into their courses via WebAdvisor. This is completed by their Academic Program Co-ordinator and the schedule will be provided at the start of the semester.