Teaching & Learning

4 researchers sitting in a boat in a lake Discovery

McGill’s living laboratories 

McGill professors and students have access to a unique network of field research stations. These stations, which include the Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados and the Gault Nature Reserve at Mont-Sainte-Hilaire, offer researchers the opportunity to explore the natural world up close.

Kid Koala, a pioneering innovator of turntable music, performed at student dorm parties while pursuing an education degree at McGill (Photo: Corinne Merrell) Culture

From DJing at Gerts to touring with Radiohead

Before he became a pioneer of turntable music and a contributor to Hollywood soundtracks, Kid Koala (aka Eric San, BEd’96) performed at student dorm parties while pursuing an education degree at McGill.


Adam Gopnik on mastery, Steve Martin, and his mother

Adam Gopnik, BA’80, DLitt’13, discusses three recent projects – a book about mastering new skills, an audiobook about his friend Steve Martin’s career, and his own star turn in the film Tár.

Adelle Blackett smiling Discovery

A more inclusive vision of law

Over the course of her career, McGill law professor Adelle Blackett has never been shy about questioning the status quo. Her work has altered the landscape for domestic workers in dozens of countries and for Black academics in Canada.

Pearl Eliadis (right) is the coach for a team of students from the Max Bell School of Public Policy taking part in its Policy Lab (Photo: Christinne Muschi) On Campus

The assignment? Solving a real-world problem

When the students at the Max Bell School of Public Policy take part in its Policy Lab, they know they’ll be tackling a challenge with real-life stakes.

Teacher standing and students sitting around a whiteboard On Campus

Educational insights that aren’t just for the classroom

McGill’s new Bachelor of Arts (Education); Major in Education in Global Contexts was created for students who want an in-depth understanding of teaching and learning, but who aren’t interested in becoming school teachers. Instead, they are considering careers in NGOs, international aid agencies, and governments.

Children crafting paper butterflies Society

How an award-winning school in Uganda began as a McGill student project

While studying at McGill, Andrea Charbonneau and Farah Williamson created a student group to help children in a war-torn, poverty-stricken area of northern Uganda. Years later, those efforts have resulted in Wakadogo, a school that is changing young lives and earning international accolades.

The McGill Farmers' Market last fall (Photo: Owen Egan and Joni Dufour) On Campus

The big return

For the first 18 months of the pandemic, McGill’s campuses were uncharacteristically quiet. The fall semester of 2021 almost felt like a return to normal – or at least something closely resembling the “normal” we remembered.

Zeytouna Suleiman is one of McGill's first McCall MacBain Scholars (Photo: Owen Egan and Joni Dufour) On Campus

A pillar for McGill’s third century

The University’s first cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars arrived on campus in September 2021. The ambitious scholarship program aims to train new generations of leaders in a wide variety of disciplines – and to change the lives of talented young people for decades to come.

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