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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


Reporting to the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning), the Working Group is composed of the following representatives:

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:

Meetings 2015-2016

  1. Friday, September 18, 2015 | 10:00am - 11:30am (Location TBD)
  2. Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Location TBD)
  3. Monday, December 7, 2015 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Location TBD)
  4. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm (Location TBD)
  5. Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Location TBD)
  6. Friday, May 13, 2016 | 10:00am - 11:30am (Location TBD)



Teaching and Learning Spaces Working Group (TLSWG)

The Teaching and Learning Spaces Working Group (TLSWG) endeavors to enhance teaching and learning at McGill by creating a vision for teaching and learning space development that is aligned with University strategic directions. Its mandate is to: