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Exemplary teaching and learning, according to the Globe and Mail

by: MUN

What makes a great professor? A commanding knowledge of their field is a given. But just as key is a passion for students and a respect for the journey these young adults are taking, according to The Globe and Mail’s 2012 Canadian University Report.

An Egle Procuta article explores the differences between professors who choose to teach undergraduate courses exclusively, and those who maintain a commitment to undergrads while completing research and graduate level courses as well. No matter which path a prof chooses, the great ones are engaged, whether the class has 30 students or 300.

Students’ experiences are shaped just as much outside the classroom, the author elaborates, stating that it’s an extracurricular wonderland at Canadian universities.

Tony Chambers, assistant professor of higher education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education says that universities need to get away from the sense that learning only occurs in the classroom.

The Report also cites cool, architecturally-distinguished new academic buildings as a powerful tool for luring “academic rock stars,” and making the campuses more liveable and inspirational.

Memorial has received awards for classroom design proving the university is on-board with this philosophy, and recently completed renovations on the main lecture theatre and in the social gathering space in the main lobby of the Physical Education building. Further learning space renovations are planned for the coming months.

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