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Twitter as a collaborative learning tool in field biology


Social media tools have a lot of value in teaching and learning, and this has become even more apparent as I continue to use twitter in an introductory field biology class.  In “St Lawrence Ecosystems“, students are doing natural history research projects and tweeting about their project. They are discovering the many ways that 140 characters can help create collaborative learning communities.

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The value of using social media tools in teaching and learning


From Facebook to Twitter and blogs, social media tools are an integral and important part of society, and these tools are here to stay. Social media is about collaborating, networking, sharing and generating knowledge and content, and all of these features are of great value in the context of higher education. Today’s Universities have well-developed social media strategies, and use a suite of social media tools for various purposes including internal and external communications, recruitment, sharing research findings, and highlighting exciting student initiatives (this is reviewed in detail by Davis et al.). Continue reading The value of using social media tools in teaching and learning

Welcome back McGill – Here’s some things you may have missed


Welcome back! We hope you have had a great summer.

Here at TLS we are planning a number of great things for the blog over the next six months.

In the meantime, we thought we would highlight the most popular posts from last year:

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Instructors: stop putting your Powerpoint slides on-line 1,973
Learning to Teach: 10 tips for Professors 480
A conference for undergrads: assessing students in large classes using posters presentations 277
Too many assignments to grade? Assessment tools for large classes 205
Teaching in Higher Ed 101 – A Reflection From a First-Time “Lecturer” 163
Short written assignments for large classes 154
Relaunching the Teaching for Learning Blog 135
Active learning in large classes: a gallery ‘walk’ with a 100 students 113
Using social media and mobile technology in the classroom 104
What busy profs would like to read in a blog post about active learning 102

What teaching and learning topics are you interested in reading over the coming academic year?

Post your comments below to help guide our stories over the coming months.

New Canadian student blog on higher education


By Jennie Ferris, Teaching and Learning Services.

Readers of the Teaching for Learning blog who are interested in discovering another recently launched effort may be interested in UDaimonia. This combination online magazine / blog is written by Canadian university students, with the aim of providing a space to consider and engage contemporary issues in higher education from a Canadian student perspective. What do you think of this initiative? What are some of the key or defining aspects of a Canadian student perspective on higher education…and how may this perspective differ from the perspectives of students who are studying in other countries?

Welcome to McGill’s Teaching for Learning Blog


This blog is designed for faculty, staff and students to exchange ideas about teaching and learning at McGill University. It will feature posts on topics such as: the links between teaching and research; teaching and learning spaces; course design and program planning.

This blog is hosted by Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and features posts by many of the instructors and students we are lucky to collaborate with.  At TLS, we work to promote the importance of teaching and learning, and we do this through university-wide initiatives, program specific projects, and a lot of face-to-face meetings. Now the time has come to try something different: we want to start a larger conversation about teaching and learning within the blogosphere.

Would you like to share an experience, a resource or an opinion about teaching and learning? If the answer is yes, we are currently looking for contributors so please write to marcy.slapcoff@mcgill.ca.