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Remote delivery experiences and advice: Lessons learned from Winter 2020

On May 25, 2020, Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and the Office of Science Education (OSE) at McGill University held a panel discussion on remote teaching for instructors in the Faculty of Science.

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Published: 14 Jul 2020

Rethinking the way science is taught

In case you missed it, the McGill Reporter ran an article in November 2019 about the Office of Science Education's efforts to enhance undergraduate science education with targeted writing exercises.

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Published: 29 Apr 2020

Magic of the mind

By Morgan Sweeney

If you had told me five years ago that I would graduate college with a science degree, I would have said you were crazy. Sixteen-year-old Morgan thought science was dry textbooks and boring labs, too much work for things that would never affect her life. Until January 29th, 2017, when a serious knee injury forever transformed my relationship to science.

Published: 29 Apr 2020

Smash hit food chemistry course to run in summer 2020

For the first time ever, McGill University will run a summer-semester version of CHEM 181, its enormously popular course on the chemistry of food.

Enrolments are now open for a June 2020 edition of the course that has been taken by tens of thousands of students over its nearly 40-year history.

Making sense of food

Published: 27 Apr 2020

Undergraduate students ‘stars of the show’ at first ever poster showcase event

By Nicole George

Academia Week 2020 began with an Undergraduate Poster Showcase, sponsored by the Office of Science Education (OSE), Science Undergraduate Society (SUS), and Teaching and Learning Services (TLS).

Published: 1 Apr 2020

Introducing SUS Academia Week x OSE

By Cynthia Feng and Kira Smith

Office of Science Education team members Cynthia Feng and Kira Smith are working with members of the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) on planning the next edition of the SUS’s highly anticipated Academia Week.

Published: 9 Jan 2020

New award to support participation in science education conferences

The Office of Science Education (OSE) is offering 10 conference awards – worth up to $2,000 each – to students, staff and faculty in the Faculty of Science. The awards will support members of the Faculty who would like to participate in scholarly exchange related to science education at the local, national or international level.

Published: 13 Nov 2019

A.P.O.S.: the “write” tool for the job

By Anna Hayden

(This blogpost is the second in a series that explores the Earth and Planetary Sciences Learning Community pilot project.)

Hand lens, compass, rock hammer – tools of the trade of a geologist. But what’s in our writing toolkit? Is there a Swiss Army knife for writing? In fact, an Earth and Planetary Sciences Learning Community meeting focused on equipping its members with such a tool, the A.P.O.S. framework.

Published: 24 Oct 2019

New course gives students applied education research experience

A new course available to students in science programs puts students in the driver’s seat. Offered through the Faculty of Science, the Research Project in Science Teaching and Learning (FSCI 396) introduces undergraduate students to pedagogical research, educational assessment, and resource design in university-level science education settings.

Published: 21 Oct 2019

Lifting the lid on online grading tool Crowdmark

Crowdmark – an online grading tool developed especially to handle large classes – has been attracting a growing following across North America, with members of McGill’s own Faculty of Science among its most ardent enthusiasts. Kira Smith, reporter-at-large for the OSE, went undercover to find out more.

Published: 6 Sep 2019

EPS Learning Community: Exploring our “write” to learn

By Anna Hayden

Our meeting place has a few different names: Frank Dawson Adams 232, The Gill Room, but when we met together, it was home to the Earth and Planetary Sciences Learning Community. As the only student in the room of professors and university staff, would I be taking an exam? It turns out, I would wear many hats as part of the Learning Community, including that of a facilitator…

Published: 30 Aug 2019
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