Our Mission and Principles

We strive to make McGill a community of people who love to teach and are excited to learn. In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, we create engaging environments and provide leadership and support for meaningful educational experiences for all.


Guiding Principles

1. Decisions that have a direct or indirect impact on teaching and learning at McGill are guided by a learning-centered focus. 

Fostering meaningful student learning across the University is central to the institutional mission, and must therefore be considered in all decision-making processes. Our role is to support teaching and learning policies and practices that support significant, lasting forms of student learning. Learning is a process that requires active student engagement.

2. Teaching is a scholarly act that is worthy of recognition and reward.

Teaching is substantive, intellectual work, deserving the time and attention of faculty. Teaching receives the same investment of intellectual knowledge, rigour and skill as research and other scholarship. As such, careful evaluation of and institutional reward for teaching are merited.

3. We embrace and explore new approaches, contexts, and ideas about teaching and learning grounded in evidence from the literature. 

Data from practice provide evidence of the impact and effectiveness of our work, which in turn furthers our practice. The reciprocal relationship between practice and evidence of the impact on student learning is made public, and also serves to model a scholarly approach to investigating questions about teaching and learning.

4. Meaningful educational development activities must be realized in partnership. 

Working in partnership can ensure meaningful, long-lasting change, and significant and sustainable impact. Partnerships focus on different levels of the University, from individual instructors to University governance, and so involve all members of the community, including individual instructors; groups of instructors and students; and academic, service, and administrative units.

5. Policies, procedures, and practices are needed to create an environment where educational development activities can take root and flourish. 

Our role is to advocate for, facilitate the development of, and support the implementation of policies and procedures that promote sound teaching and learning practices. 

6. Strategic, systemic, and sustainable investments are required to support educational development activities.

Our role is to advocate for, guide, support, and steward necessary investments in teaching and learning environments, resources, and personnel.


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McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

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