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Teaching Resources

This page offers resources for instructors on a range of topics related to teaching and learning, from assessing learning to facilitating discussion to using technology in support of learning. Click on the plus (+) sign and resources link next to the category of interest below to learn more. If you have suggestions for other categories or additional resources we should offer, please contact us here.

Active and collaborative learning

These resources range from handbooks on facilitating group work, to writing-to-learn activities, to video capsules on addressing active learning challenges and student resistance.

Assessing learning

These resources range from general introductory information about assessment approaches, to themed resources addressing the assessment of writing, exams, and group work.

Discussion

These resources offer practical ideas for encouraging students to participate in discussions, using various discussion strategies in various class sizes (including large classes), and fostering student-led discussions.

Diversity in higher education

These resources include guides to inclusive language, thought-provoking articles about classroom dynamics and diversity, and a variety of on-campus resources (offices, committees, reports). 

Feedback to and from students

These resources suggest various approaches for gathering both formative and summative feedback from students about one’s teaching through course evaluations and other, less formal methods.

General higher education

These resources include several classic and frequently cited (e)books about teaching and learning at the university level, as well as principles, handbooks and listservs that may be of interest to both beginning and experienced teachers alike.

Large classes

These resources address challenges particular to large class, and suggest ways that active and collaborative learning activities and diverse assessment methods can be implemented in courses with hundreds of students.

Learning Theories

These resources include research-based overviews of learning theories and models, offering context for instructors who are interested in learning about the theory behind recommended approaches to teaching and learning.

Lecturing

Lecturing sometimes has a poor reputation; these resources offer ideas about effective approaches to lecturing as a teaching strategy, from structuring the lecture to using guided notes and other means of involving students during the lecture.

Professional organizations, conferences and journals

Instructors interested in learning more about the community involved in teaching and learning in higher education (both in Canada and beyond) may find these lists of journals, conferences and associated professional organizations useful.

Questions; asking and answering

These resources address the varied ways in which questions may be used in the classroom, from the use of student-response systems (SRS, or “clickers”) to gauge student comprehension to writing better multiple-choice questions, to using conceptual questions to guide teaching and learning.

Teaching and learning spaces

This section offers various research- and practice-based resources relating to designing and teaching in a variety of classroom spaces whose layout, technology and furnishings foster effective learning.

Teaching portfolios

These resources relate to the creation of teaching portfolios, strategies for sharing evidence of teaching, approaches to sharing teaching portfolios in electronic format, and McGill-specific resources.

Technology in learning and instruction

This section includes a range of resources about the philosophical and practical considerations in integrating technology in and beyond the classroom, as well as McGill IT resources relating to teaching and learning.

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