McGill students operate on three web platforms: 1) McGill email account, 2) Minerva, 3) myCourses. Knowing how to use all three of these platforms will help ensure you continued success at McGill. Along with explaining the use of these sites, this section will also outline other useful tech resources on campus.
First things first, you are given two usernames: a McGill username and a short username.
Your McGill Username is based on your first and last name (e.g., first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca). If you studied previously at McGill, you retain your username. The first.last portion may sometimes include an initial or middle name or a number, where necessary to ensure uniqueness.
Your short username is usually composed of the first letter of your first name, and the first 5 letters of your last name, often followed by a number to ensure uniqueness.
The McGill Username and McGill Password are used to access most IT services at McGill. However, the Short Username is required to sign into a few systems (most notably uPrint).
You are given a McGill Email Address and mailbox automatically when you confirm your acceptance to McGill. Notification about your McGill Email Address is sent to the non-McGill email address you entered on your application form. Make sure to often check your McGill email account, as it is McGill’s official means of communicating with you. This means that all of McGill’s professors and staff will only use this account.
Make sure to set up your email as soon as you can and check it often as CL&E (and perhaps your department) will be sending vital information throughout the summer.
Minerva is the web-based administrative interface you used to apply to McGill. Minerva is organized into these main segments.
- Personal Menu is for updating your contact information.
- Student Menu is for choosing, adding, and dropping courses; checking your grades; ordering transcripts; declaring your program; viewing your fee information; among many other functions.
- Employee Menu is for those who are hired by McGill, for example as a TA, and is for checking your employee profile, direct deposit payment information, and tax slips.
- Applicant Menu is for viewing your application’s status.
- Financial Aid & Awards Menu is for monitoring scholarships and awards, applying for financial aid, as well as other helpful links for handling your financial situation.
myCourses is McGill’s learning management system for online teaching and learning. myCourses brings instructors and students together in a virtual classroom and creates a highly interactive learning environment. This is where professors will post announcements, class notes, the syllabus, and any other important information for their class. It is also where you can access a course discussion board, exchange ideas, and conduct debates with your classmates. At the end of the term, you can access the course evaluation system through myCourses, in order to voice your ideas, comments, and suggestions. You are also able to see your individual coursework grades in myCourses.
McGill offers a campus-wide copy and printing service that allows any student with a valid McGill ID to send a print job to the central print queue, and pick it up from any campus Xerox device. Printers are located all over campus and residence halls, so it’s extremely convenient! Print allows you to print without installing any programs.
Using your McGill email account, attach the files you want to print to a new email message and send the email to either uprint.mono [at] mcgill.ca (for black & white) or uprint.colour [at] mcgill.ca (for colour). You will receive a confirmation email when the document is ready to print! Pick up your documents at a uPrint printer with your McGill ID (and password). Once you are logged in, go to the “Print Release” function on the screen to print your documents. Don’t forget to log out when you’re finished!
Not on campus and need to download an article from a respected journal? No problem!
The Library’s EZProxy server allows you to access Library databases from off-campus locations with ease. Just go to the McGill library website and log in with your McGill username and password for off-campus access.
Polling @ McGill
Polling @ McGill (previously known as clickers) is a technology-supported questioning strategy to assess students’ learning and encourage active classroom participation. At McGill, we are using a web-based polling system, called TurningPoint Cloud. During a class with polling questions, students respond from their personal device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop) using their polling account.
Students can register for accounts and join polling sessions from https://www.mcgill.ca/polling/home
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
You can set up a VPN connection to access McGill-restricted sites and resources while you are off-campus.