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Comprehensive Support for Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs)

This page is specifically addressed to instructors teaching in Active Learning Classrooms.

Support strategies have been developed based upon a variety of sources. These include:

  • the experiences of other universities successfully using similar spaces
  • our own experiences during our first year supporting these classrooms
  • feedback from survey responses of an international group of over 50 experienced professors and support units

Our partners in support are Content and Collaboration Solutions (CCS), Network and Communications Services (NCS), IT Customer Support (ICS) and Enrolment Services.

Teaching Support plan

Service and description

Time of Year

Community of practice e-mail listserv

 A mechanism for instructors to share ideas and practices about teaching in the ALCs (for questions concerning the listserv, contact adam [dot] finkelstein [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Adam Finkelstein).)

The listserv is also used to communicate with instructors regarding logistics and scheduling. 


Orientation to the Active Learning Classrooms

The purpose of this meeting is for instructors to gain familiarity with the layout and affordances. New and returning ALC instructors are able to exchange ideas about teaching in this classroom.

May / November

Scheduled practice sessions

These will be held both at the Downtown and Macdonald Campuses. In these hands-on sessions, instructors can try out and familiarize themselves with specific features in the classroom.

Mid-August and mid-November

In-class tech support

 A student technology assistant will be present during your class to provide you with in-class technology support as needed.

First 2 weeks and the 4th week of classes

Mid-term instructors meeting 

The purpose of this meeting is to share experiences, pose questions and exchange information about teaching in the ALCs.


Instructors’ debriefing meeting

This is an opportunity for instructors to collectively provide feedback on their experiences and the support received, as well as to encourage reflection and discussion.

end of the term

Instructional guides

The support team developed instructional guides on the classroom features and some equipment. These guides are available through McGill Classroom-AV Instructions website


Services available upon request

Individual Consultations –  Instructors can discuss specific teaching elements such as planning their courses, better integrating the classroom affordances with their courses, increasing competency with specific features of the room, etc.

Classroom Observations and feedback –  A member of the support team can observe a class and provide general or specific feedback to the instructor. 

To schedule a consultation or a classroom observation, please contact adam [dot] finkelstein [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: ALC%20-%20Feedback) (Adam Finkelstein).

If you are interested in teaching in an Active Learning Classroom, please contact your local course and program administrator.

Additional information about the Active Learning Classrooms may be found in the IT Knowledge Base at http://kb.mcgill.ca/kb/article?ArticleId=2701&source=Article&c=12&cid=2