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MOOCs and GROOCs on the move

By Doug Sweet

McGill’s initial experiment with Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, has been a success and the first offering, Food for Thought, will be repeated next year.

“I think McGill’s first MOOC went extremely well,” said Chemistry professor David Harpp, who taught the online course with colleagues Joe Schwarz and Ariel Fenster. “Over all, the comments that people are making are really very good and we’re extremely pleased with the result.”

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SIRIUSS helps Science undergrads put theory into practice

By Neale McDevitt

Rudy Zhou is a young man with a plan. Having completed his BSc Biochemistry at McGill last year, he is currently doing his MSc at Concordia. Once that part of his studies is complete, Zhou is set on pursuing a PhD. Great professors and classes aside, he says he owes much of his sense of purpose to a unique program at McGill called Summer Intensive Research Internship for Undergraduate Science Students (SIRIUSS) that gives undergraduates much-needed, hands-on lab time.

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Smoke-free McLennan-Redpath terrace launch unveils a space for all to enjoy

Wed, 2014-06-04 12:59

By Merika Ramundo and Malika Tamim

The first day of Convocation ceremonies is always a buzz of activity but this year, students, faculty and staff had more than one reason to celebrate. On Wednesday, May 28, the McGill Library in conjunction with several other units on campus, including the Students Society of McGill University (SSMU), Post Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University (PGSS), Office of University Services and the Office of Sustainability, formally launched the newly renovated McLennan-Redpath Terrace as a smoke-free environment.

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There’s supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!

Fri, 2014-05-16 15:46

By McGill Reporter Staff

If you find yourself in the vicinity of Pine Avenue and University Street at specific times of day over the next several weeks, you may hear the odd earth-shattering kaboom.

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Excellence first and foremost is theme at Faculty of Medicine Town Hall

Mon, 2014-05-12 10:25

By Jason Clement

“I’m really proud to be here. I’m really grateful to McGill, because I am McGill and as [with] every other student here, we are here because we deserve it,” said Sophie Vincent, a first-year medical student during the Faculty of Medicine’s Town Hall held May 6, 2014.

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Upgrading spaces

Thu, 2014-05-08 09:32

A drab hallway, an empty lawn, an awkward nook – every university has them. But what if these were re-imagined as a colourful study space with bench seating, a pop-up outdoor classroom, and a busking area for student musicians?

On April 10, from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., a group of about 25 students, staff, faculty and alumni came together to explore McGill’s existing downtown lower campus and to reimagine some of the everyday spaces that surround us. They came for McGill’s first ever James’ Walk, hosted by the student-led McGill Spaces Project.

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May 5 workshop teaches people how to deal with stress in the workplace

Thu, 2014-05-01 14:32

By Neale McDevitt

An employee sits at his desk working on a report due later that day, trying to ignore his ringing phone and the frequent beep notifying him that he’s received yet another email. With each passing minute, his anxiety grows.

Down the street, workers at a software company have just been told that, due to the economic downturn, one-quarter of the staff will be laid off in the coming weeks. The remaining employees will have to assume an added workload.

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McLennan-Redpath Terrace goes smoke-free

Thu, 2014-04-24 23:10

By McGill Reporter Staff

The newly refurbished McLennan-Redpath Terrace in front of the McLennan and Redpath Library Buildings is going smoke-free on Thursday, May 1, in an effort to promote better health and a cleaner environment.

The renovations, which began in 2011, were near completion in January, when access to the terrace was restored.

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Happy video takes the edge off of exam stress

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Neale McDevitt

Tom Zheng is in his final month as a political science undergraduate minoring in economics, so he knows how tough a time of year this can be for students. “People are stressed, tired and very anxious during exams,” he says. “I remember feeling like this – especially when I was in first and second year. Sometimes it is hard to find a reason to smile.”

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Could Royal Vic cure McGill space woes?

Fri, 2014-04-11 11:21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Doug Sweet

It is an iconic site. It sits right in McGill’s backyard. In about a year or so, it will stand empty, awaiting its next vocation. Could it be the cure for the University’s chronic space deficit? The possibilities are interesting.

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