Aron Lee Rosenberg, MA’19, PhD’23, and his Year without Internet Featured in McGill Alumni News

Most PhD candidates don’t spend a year shunning their topic of doctoral study. But that’s sort of what Aron Lee Rosenberg, MA’19, PhD’23, did when he decided to spend an entire year offline to better understand the impact of the internet. Rosenberg deliberately doesn’t mention Covid in the book. We all know it happened. And though the pandemic accelerated many online trends, it wasn’t the cause.

Published: 21 Nov 2023

Cognitive Development Course

The goal of this course is to critically examine developmental theory, with a specific focus on cognitive development, from historical, empirical, cultural perspectives.

Published: 10 Nov 2023

New Course! Indigenous Education: Ethical and Relational Practices for Equity and Reconciliation

EDPE 595-001/002:  Seminar in Special Topics 1 Topic: Indigenous Education: Ethical and Relational Practices for Equity and Reconciliation

This Special Topics seminar will introduce students to historical and contemporary realities of First Nations, Métis and Inuit and address relevant topics in Indigenous education: What are appropriate ways to bring Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies into classrooms?

Published: 7 Nov 2023

Pathy Fellowship Applications Open

The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is an intensive 12-month experiential learning opportunity for graduating students to lead a self-directed project in a community they have a meaningful connection with. Fellows are provided with comprehensive training, personal and professional development coaching, up to $40,000 in funding, and wrap-around supports to design, plan, and implement an innovative project in their community.

Published: 6 Nov 2023

McGill Response to the Proposed Quebec Government Tuition Changes

Dear members of the McGill community,

On October 13, the Government of Quebec announced plans to change the funding model related to university tuition. While we begin to assess the implications of the news, I want to provide some initial perspective.

What the Quebec Government announced:

Tuition fees for Canadian students from outside of Quebec would increase from $8,992 to around $17,000. Current students would have five years to complete their program of study under the existing tuition structure. The funding model for universities regarding international students would change, with the Government clawing back more money from tuition fees than is currently the case. These two changes would apply to undergraduate programs and non-research and professional master’s programs. Much of the tuition that students pay to McGill would be returned to the Government and reallocated to francophone universities in Quebec, but the University would receive government grants to partially support the cost of teaching. The tuition changes would apply to students beginning their studies in fall 2024.

Impacts on McGill and next steps:

These measures, if implemented, would have serious consequences. I have mobilized the senior administration, Board members and teams across the University to demonstrate the concrete negative effects these measures would have on McGill, on the higher education sector, and on the whole of Quebec society. Our focus is to work with government and our partners to reverse these impacts.

More information is needed before we can confirm the financial effects these measures would have on McGill. In the meantime, I ask those responsible for spending to be prudent, while continuing to be ambitious in advancing the University’s mission.

It goes without saying that these measures could affect the recruitment of prospective Canadian students from outside Quebec, as it will cost less to study elsewhere in Canada for many programs. Although McGill distinguished itself again last week as Canada’s top Medical Doctoral university, a near-doubling of tuition will make many think twice about their academic choices in fall 2024 and beyond.

The make-up of McGill’s student body is unique in Canada. Half of our students are from Quebec, 30 percent are international students, and the remaining 20 percent come from the rest of Canada. This diversity of origin and perspectives is part of McGill’s unique character – its DNA. We must protect this richness of community.

These measures threaten the University’s capacity to be a positive force for our home. Quebec boasts 19 distinguished universities, each playing a distinct role to meet the diverse needs of our population.

We need to ensure everyone realizes the incredible contributions that McGill makes, not just to Montreal but throughout every region of Quebec. And among McGill’s strongest assets is its tremendous power to attract and retain the highly skilled people who contribute so significantly to Quebec’s economy and society.

The power of an open Quebec society:

We are concerned that, in the government’s announcement, prospective students from outside Quebec may hear the message that they are not welcome – despite Montreal’s reputation as a global education destination, and the extraordinary contributions of students and alumni within Quebec.

We are stronger when our doors are open – when we attract the brightest minds from Canada and the world, enticing and equipping them to build fulfilling, productive lives here. They have so much to share with Montreal and Quebec.

And likewise, we Quebecers have so much to share with them: the cultural richness of la métropole; the strength of Quebec innovation and identity; the power of our made-in-Quebec ideas. When we close our doors, we compromise not only our values, but our future.

McGillians care deeply about their University, and I know that this announcement is concerning for many of us. We will engage government and partners to address these proposals, seeking ways to strengthen all universities for the good of Quebec.


Deep Saini Principal and Vice-Chancellor McGill University

Published: 16 Oct 2023

Principal Saini Calls for Compassion during Israel/Gaza War

McGill's Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor issued this statement reflecting on the outbreak of war in the Middle East and its effect on our McGill community:

Dear members of the McGill community,

Published: 13 Oct 2023

Dr. Mindy R. Carter (DISE) is one of two recipients of the Inaugural UBC Faculty of Education Reconciliation and Decolonization Alumni Awards

Dr. Mindy R. Carter (DISE) is one of two recipients of the Inaugural UBC Faculty of Education Reconciliation and Decolonization Alumni Awards

Published: 10 Oct 2023

Five Years "Walking Together" on Orange Shirt Day

On Sept.

Published: 6 Oct 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Kid Koala – From DJing at Gerts to Touring with Radiohead

Faculty of Education alumnus, Eric San (B.Ed.'96) AKA "Kid Koala" was featured in McGill News, talking about his music career, his McGill days, and how he created a holistic music-influenced curriculum for his grade six class while student teaching.

Kid Koala, a pioneering innovator of turntable music, performed at student dorm parties while pursuing an Education degree at McGill.

Published: 29 Aug 2023

Jacking Out on CBC Radio Noon: DISE Faculty Lecturer, Aron Lee Rosenberg, Discusses New Book About His Year Without Internet

On Wednesday, August 23rd, DISE Faculty Lecturer and recent PhD graduate Aron Lee Rosenberg was featured on CBC Radio Noon, discussing his newly released book about spending the year 2020 completely offline - even while completing the candidacy process for his PhD.

The book is called Jacking Out: A Journal of a Year Spent Offline, and was published by Rock's Mills Press.

Published: 29 Aug 2023

MJE Call for Papers on Bill 23

A call for papers for a mini-special issue in the McGill Journal of Education on Bill 23.

The deadline to submit is October 31, 2023.

Review the PDF Document
Published: 21 Aug 2023

Call for Research Participants: A Study on Ecological Imagination

Would you like to explore your ecological imagination? Attend one to three creative, interactive, free and fun workshops? Contribute to a better understanding of the role of imagination and creative arts practices in dealing with the climate crisis?

Published: 21 Aug 2023

Blane Harvey, DISE, Interviewed in The McGill Reporter on Collaboration in Curriculum Redesign

When the inaugural cohort of the McGill Sustainability Education Fellows (SEF) gathered for their final event in May 2023, the presentation topics ranged from regenerative agriculture and sustainable supply chains to biodiversity in Barbados and how climate change impacts respiratory illnesses.

Published: 16 Aug 2023

Students in the News: Esther Tooma as Naskapi Firefighter

Office of First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE) student, Esther Elizabeth Tooma, was featured by CBC as being part of an all-female team that finished in second place at the Quebec Aboriginal Firefighters Competition last week. Tooma, a certificate student slated to graduate after the Summer 2024 Semester, only started training last year for the firefighter competition held in Listuguj, Quebec. 

Published: 9 Aug 2023

MIIE hosts undergraduate students from Zayed University for a Summer Academy focusing on solving sustainability challenges

The McGill International Institute of Education (MIIE) welcomed 20 undergraduate students and three chaperones from the Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates to a two-week MIIE Summer Academy from June 26 to July 7, 2023.

Published: 26 Jul 2023


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