Teaching and learning spaces

Creating space for active learning at McGill.

Starting in 2005, there has been increased focus on the design of teaching and learning spaces that better support students’ active engagement in their own learning. Since then, there's been...

500+ spaces improved across
the University
$68 M invested in space improvements
1300+ seats created in active learning classrooms & labs



“The design of our learning spaces should become a physical representation of the institution’s vision and strategy for learning – responsive, inclusive, and supportive of attainment by all.”


- Designing spaces for effective learning: A guide to 21st century learning space design (JISC, 2006)

Students working in Education 129

Students working in Education 129

“Campus physical environments are not just related to function and ambiance, but they also serve to communicate...
important campus values and expectations.”


- Strange, C., & Banning, J. (2001). Educating by design: Creating campus learning environments that work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.



Transforming our campuses’ physical spaces is one of the McGill Principal's Five Priorities

“Improving the University’s classrooms and teaching labs by undertaking major renovations and equipment renewal and including ‘active,’ collaborative and innovative teaching environments. This is a continuation of work already being done by Teaching and Learning Spaces working groups.”

McGill University is on land which has served and continues to serve as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. Teaching and Learning Services acknowledges and thanks the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps mark this territory on which peoples of the world now gather. This land acknowledgement is shared as a starting point to provide context for further learning and action.

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