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Oh, the Places You’ll Go … with Virtual Story Maps

In the age of remote teaching and learning, how can we share knowledge in a way that is inspiring and engaging? You may be interested in reading about the story map that Ingrid Birker (responsible for Public Program and Education at McGill University’s Redpath Museum) created to share with McGill and public communities of her recent course experience offered through Montréal’s MycoBoutique. Read more here

Ingrid is a recipient of the Science Education Conference Award (SECA), an initiative that supports scholarly opportunities related to education in McGill’s Faculty of Science. With her SECA, Ingrid pursued a course on topics that she could apply to her science outreach work at the Redpath Museum. To transfer the exploratory nature of face-to-face Redpath outreach initiatives to an online environment, Ingrid used ArcGIS StoryMaps to create an immersive experience for readers, allowing them to virtually travel to—and learn about—the different locations she visited through her course. Support from the SECA made this engaging story map possible, and highlights an innovative and meaningful way to share science online. 

Apply now! 

As part of McGill’s Office of Science Education (OSE) mandate to promote an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning in the Faculty of Science, the OSE is offering up to 10 annual conference awards to students, staff, and faculty. The awards will support all those in the Faculty of Science who would like to participate in scholarly exchange related to science education at the local, national, or international level. To read more about the award or to apply, visit https://www.mcgill.ca/ose/funding. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.

NB: McGill instructors and students have access to Sway, a tool available as part of the MS Office 365 suite that allows you to produce multi-media story maps. 

This content has been provided by Dr. Véronique Brulé, an Educational Developer with the Office of Science Education.  

Senior Academic Associate at McGill's Teaching and Learning Services.; former Senior Faculty Lecturer at the McGill Writing Centre; area of specialization: Second Language Education; loves teaching and learning; will work for chocolate (Photo credit: Owen Egan)

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