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Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

The National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE) is a respected indicator of student engagement used by over 1450 universities across North America.  Their Engagement Indicator themes and High-Impact Practices (2013) are based upon extensive educational research. The indicators and practices have been adopted at McGill University as five principles to be considered when designing or renovating classroom spaces to support student learning. This permits the university to ground decisions about classroom features in research-based principles.

TLSWG Membership


Chair: Director, Teaching and Learning Services or delegate

Vice-Chair: Director, Campus and Space Planning or delegate

Process for Prioritizing and Funding

The process for prioritizing and funding requests for renovation and IT upgrades and installation considers the following data points:

Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs)

Teaching and Learning Experiences in Active Learning Classrooms at McGill: Highlights

This video highlights how four McGill instructors in different disciplines have used the features of the ALC to engage students and promote active and collaborative learning.

You may also wish to view the ALC Highlights video in HD. Please see our Documentary Videos for a more in-depth look at the courses profiled below.

SADB 1/12


3640 University St



121 students

Burnside 511

Active Learning Classroom Burnside 511, Owen Egan


805 Sherbrooke Street West


38 plus a 12-seat seminar room with mobile wall (Burnside 512)