Winter 2021

What is the status of the winter 2021 semester?

Memorial University will welcome new and returning students to a primarily remote teaching and learning environment for the winter semester. Most in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before May 2021.

Academic units may submit a proposal to the appropriate vice-president for review to permit students on campus in the winter semester. Further details on how this process will work and how it will be rolled out in a safe and equitable manner, considering that many Memorial students reside outside the province, will be shared when it becomes available.

The Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and Marine Institute will communicate details about their return to classes directly to new and current students in their programs. Read the full announcement here

What technology will students need for remote/online learning for the winter semester?

Minimum technology requirements for students enrolled in remote courses:

Experience with computers

  • Basic level of comfort using a personal computer (file management, word processing, and printing)
  • Experience using modern web browsers such as Edge, Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome


It is required that you have access to a laptop or desktop computer with the following specifications:

  • Windows PC or Mac with a recent and actively supported operating system (e.g.: Windows 10, macOS 10.13+, able to run modern web tools.
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Free hard drive space to adequately run software and work on course files
  • Speakers or headset for listening to audio/video or participating in synchronous sessions
  • Microphone and webcam (headset with microphone preferred) for participating in synchronous sessions
  • Display: Full color monitor

Web browser

  • Latest version of Edge, Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome
  • Javascript and Cookies support
  • Complete the Browser Check to see if you support the minimum requirements for Brightspace
  • Complete the Cisco Network Test to see if your computing environment supports the minimum requirements for Webex

Internet connection

  • Regular access to high speed internet access (e.g. DSL, Cable, Fibre) with an upload and download speed of at least 3Mbps

NOTE: If a student does not have adequate Internet access at their place of study, they should make every effort to access a location that enables a minimum level of required access to the recommended speed.

What are the course delivery options for remote/online learning for the winter 2021 semester?

Undergraduate course delivery options are available on the Registrar's Office website.



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