McGill’s two most recent strategic academic plans, “Strengths and Aspirations (2006)” and “ASAP 2012: Achieving Strategic Academic Priorities” have highlighted the importance of research for undergraduate education at McGill as a research-intensive, student-centred university. The Teaching-Research Nexus Project (the “Nexus Project”), mandated by APC’s Subcommittee on Teaching and Learning in 2009 and led by Teaching and Learning Services, aims to promote the links between research and undergraduate teaching.
The focus of the Nexus Project is to support the development of students’ abilities to think and act like researchers as part of coursework. Oftentimes, undergraduate research is conceived of as internships, research assistantships, honours programs and other opportunities that enable students to do original research and work one-on-one with supervisors. While these are immensely valuable opportunities, the only mechanism for reaching ALL students throughout their degrees is coursework. Undergraduates may not all be able to do original research, but they can all learn to think and act like researchers -- to ask questions, to make decisions based on critically examined evidence, to share results and to take action as engaged citizens.
For examples of how McGill professors promote their undergraduate students thinking and acting like researchers, watch these highlights from the TLS documentary series "Sowing the Seeds of Inquiry". View the complete series here.
- Nexus Project goals
- Conceptual framework for the Nexus Project
- Inquiry Network: Cross-disciplinary group of faculty members meeting since 2009 to explore how to promote the teaching-research nexus at McGill.
- Documentary series “Sowing the seeds of Inquiry”: Profiles of instructors who engage their undergraduate students with the methods and processes of research within coursework.
- Survey: A report on the 2013 survey "Opportunities for McGill Undergraduates to Learn about Research"
- Online writing toolkit: Contains guidelines for integrating more writing into courses and examples of assignments from McGill professors
- Publication on the Inquiry Network
- Past Events: University-wide conferences, workshops and communities of practice
- Interesting links and references
For further information about the Nexus Project, please contact marcy.slapcoff [at] mcgill.ca (Marcy Slapcoff) at Teaching and Learning Services.