The Teaching Snapshots website is a new initiative of Teaching and Learning Services (TLS).
The goal of this website is to celebrate teaching by providing a forum where ideas about teaching and learning are shared openly. While the process and results of research and scholarship are typically reported to the public, teaching is more likely to occur behind closed doors. Teaching is seen as the private domain of the instructor, and colleagues and the community at large may be unaware of how instructors connect to students and promote their learning.
At Teaching and Learning Services, we would like to “open the classroom door” and offer a space for McGill instructors to share their reflections on teaching and learning with colleagues, students and the public. Teaching and learning are critical aspects of the University experience, and this site aims to recognize the instructors who are entrusted with this endeavor.
As the site develops and we add more material to the profiles such as videos and course outlines, the site may also serve as a useful resource for instructors who want to expand their repertoire of instructional strategies by learning about the approaches of colleagues.
The number of profiles on this site is small, but growing. The instructors included are from a range of departmental and disciplinary contexts. They have all been involved in TLS initiatives to enhance student learning and/or have been nominated for a teaching award.
To create these profiles, TLS held hour-long interviews with each instructor; these conversations have been summarized and edited to suit the format of this website.
A special thank you to all the instructors featured for agreeing to share their thoughts on teaching and learning.