From December 2022 to May 2023, a group comprising seven Faculty of Science instructors from six different departments met monthly to discuss ways of making their courses more inclusive. The Inclusive Teaching Initiative is part of the Faculty’s response to the McGill Provost’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism (ABR) 2020-2025 and the Strategic Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan 2020-2025.
A recent article in Le Devoir highlighted FSCI 198, a three-credit course for undergraduates focused on building skills for individual and collective actions to address climate change:
Devant les changements climatiques et leurs effets de plus en plus visibles, nombreux sont les jeunes paralysés par l’écoanxiété. À McGill, un cours veut susciter l’espoir et outiller les étudiants pour faire face aux changements climatiques.
Reposted from the Teaching for Learning blog from McGill’s Teaching and Learning Services.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between well-being, wellness, and mental health? Or how students’ learning and well-being are linked? Have you considered what the connections might be among assessment, student performance, and heightened emotions?
McGill’s Body Donor Program plays crucial role in health sciences education
Overall, donors have an impact on the education of more than a thousand students every year.
Teaching and Learning Services is excited to announce that the the launch of Teach.Learn.Share, our new podcast! We invite you to tune in for conversations about teaching and learning with members of the McGill community.
Improving accessibility, rethinking old habits, and hosting a clothing swap were among the actions taken by new and returning sustainably certified workplaces.
We recently published a website all about the new Policy on Assessment of Student Learning, which will replace the existing University Student Assessment Policy (USAP) in Fall 2024. Learn about the upcoming Policy and find resources to help you get ready for the coming changes: mcgill.ca/pasl
What is PASL?
PASL (rhymes with tassel) is a principles-based policy centred on assessment for learning.
By Adele Lopes
It’s a sunny afternoon at the Office of Science Education office, and I’ve just sat down with Dr. Jasmin Chahal and Alex Wang to talk about the education research they undertook when they teamed up to assess how self-reflection and pre-lab activities affect students’ confidence levels and success in a Microbiology and Immunology 384 Lab course. So, how did this project get started?
On May 18, 2023, McGill will reset its Zoom licenses back to their basic (default) setting for account maintenance purposes and to remove inactive accounts. In order to reinstate your full Zoom account functionality, you will need to login anew. With the basic account setting, meeting times will be shorter and you will not be able to create recordings. You may reactivate your license and additional privileges by logging in to your Zoom account any time after this reset at https://mcgill.zoom.us.
McGill community comes together to celebrate the research of over 100 undergraduate students from the Faculty of Science and beyond in an annual event organized by the Office of Science Education.
Worried about the climate crisis? Want to learn about climate change from experts and explore what you can do about it?
McGill has a course for you.
The primary goal of FSCI198: Climate Crisis and Climate Actions is to enable students to find enough hope to want to engage with the climate crisis.
For instructors and course designers, the optimal way to structure a course is a critical question. With many pedagogical perspectives and a diverse array of student needs, it is challenging to find instructional methods that work for everyone. A framework that seeks to remediate some current challenges in teaching and learning is known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to education that emphasizes inclusivity and accessibility.
Office of Science Education Student Engagement Administrator Ezelbahar Metin and Communications Assistant Bhavya Bhushan sat down with presenters to discuss the upcoming Undergraduate Poster Showcase. This year, the highly-anticipated hybrid event will be hosted on March 15, 6-8 PM ET in the University Centre (SSMU) Ballroom and via livestream. Register here to attend: https://mcgillups.eventbrite.com/
Two-stage exams are a form of assessment that bring student collaborative learning into the testing process. While a typical two-stage exam gathers students to re-do the exam as a group after completing it individually, this project investigates the use of “group first” two-stage exams. In this format, piloted in Organic Chemistry I midterm exams, students complete the group component before the individual component, and each part has related, but discrete questions.