Teaching and Learning
What do we mean when we say “Teaching and Learning”?
Along with research and public engagement, teaching and learning is one of the core functions that comprise the mission of the university. Memorial delivers high quality, accessible education to prepare students for success in their personal and professional lives.
Foundational statement on the vision for Teaching and Learning at Memorial:
Memorial University continues its commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. Memorial connects learners and educators to each other, the community and the world to exchange and create knowledge to advance the greater good of society. Students transform into graduates with superior qualities to contribute knowledge and expertise locally, nationally and internationally.
The goal of the Teaching and Learning Framework 2023 is to strengthen the student educational experience by highlighting the need to strengthen our students’ learning experiences, with a focus on student accessibility, learner engagement, all in the name of building success:
Some of the administrative changes that have happened since the last PSE review in 2004 include the creation of a new leadership position (Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning), the realignment of the academic support unit known as DELTS (Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support) to CITL (Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning), and the addition of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning. Other changes that have happened since that time include the introduction of funding to seed innovation of new teaching practise, the Student Success Collaborative, Indigenization and Internationalization, all in the interest of promoting innovation and excellence for Memorial’s learners.
Who are Memorial University’s students?
Memorial has the same number of students as it did during the last review, but the distribution of students enrolled in programs has changed. Enrolment in some undergraduate programs, as well as the number of undeclared students, has decreased, while enrolment in graduate and professional programs has increased:
The proportion of students originally from Newfoundland and Labrador has decreased by 21%, while the rest of Canada has increased by 22% and the number of international students has grown by 337%:
To explore interactive dashboards featuring student demographics in more depth, click here: www.mun.ca/vpacademic/dashboard/. The site features statistics on:
- Student Success and Enrolment (incl. Admission & Enrolment, Retention & Graduation, Degrees Awarded)
- Inclusiveness and Diversity (incl. Aboriginal Student Representation, International Student Representation)
- Academic Complement (incl. by faculty/school and campus, by rank)
How are Memorial students learning?
Across Memorial campuses and in other locations, more than 18,000 students and 5,200 faculty and staff from more than 90 countries learn, teach, research, create and engage. Memorial University has teaching and learning facilities across Newfoundland and Labrador, and abroad, with more than 100 degree programs as well as over 475 online courses giving students diverse choice of how and where to study.
Our undergraduate students, through their participation in the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), report that specific characteristics of Memorial’s learning environment helps them to achieve the University’s teaching and learning mission. NSSE data suggests that faculty and instructors use effective teaching practices in first-year courses, which allow students to learn course materials and concepts in more student-centred ways. The interactions that fourth-year students reported inside and outside class with faculty indicates that our academic staff members act as role models and mentors for students to succeed in their programs and after graduation.
St. John’s Campus, St. John’s, NL
The province's capital city, St. John's, is home to the St. John's campus which offers a full range of academic programs in a modern, urban setting. Our largest campus is home to teaching and research facilities for Memorial's six faculties and six schools and serves as the university's administrative hub.
Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook, NL
Grenfell Campus, located in Corner Brook on the scenic west coast of the island, is a liberal arts and science campus specializing in environmental and fine arts programs.
Marine Institute, St. John’s, NL
Also located in St. John's is the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University. The Marine Institute is Canada's leading centre of fisheries and marine education, training, and applied research and one of the largest marine educational facilities in the world.
Harlow Campus, Harlow, UK
Our small campus in England gives students and faculty a chance to study and undertake research abroad, creating a unique teaching and learning experience for everyone.
Signal Hill Campus, St. John’s, NL
Memorial’s newest location, Signal Hill Campus, officially opened its doors in September 2018. With a focus on public engagement and innovation, the tenants, programming and partnerships based at Memorial’s new location will help address 21st century issues by connecting the expertise and ideas of Memorial University students, faculty, staff and retirees, and the people and organizations of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Labrador Institute, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador City, and North West River, NL
The Labrador Institute is a leading centre of research, education, outreach, and policy, by and for the North. As a division of Memorial University, the Labrador Institute is one of the few university-based units in Canada dedicated solely to the needs and priorities of the North. For over 40 years, the Labrador Institute has been committed to Northern-led, Northern-focused, and Northern-inspired research and education, and works to support the educational aspirations, research priorities, and socio-cultural wellbeing of people in Labrador and throughout the North. Since the Labrador Institute is situated on the homelands of the Innu and Inuit, the Institute also has a special obligation to the Indigenous peoples of the region and works in partnership on Indigenous-driven research and education initiatives.
Other Locations, Various
Memorial University has teaching and learning facilities across Newfoundland and Labrador, and abroad, including:
- Bonne Bay Marine Station
- Holyrood Marine Base
- Institut Frecker
- Ocean Sciences Centre
- Offshore Safety and Survival Centre
- Safety and Emergency Response Training Centre
Memorial University is a Canadian leader in online learning, offering over 475 online courses in over 30 subject areas. In partnership with academic units, the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) administers the online delivery of courses and programs for Memorial, including designing courses specifically for a web-based environment. CITL also provides students with a variety of support services and resources to help students succeed, including guides, technical resources, a robust support centre, and “The Commons,” a student learning hub for research, writing, and computing.
Memorial’s entirely online undergraduate learners have a different demographic profile in comparison with the overall student body. The typical online learner is older and choosing to study part-time. Specifically:
- almost 50 per cent are 30 years of age or older; and,
- 76 per cent are completing their studies as a part-time student
In comparison to Memorial’s (overall) undergraduate student, the majority of which are:
- less than 30 years of age (92 per cent)
- completing their studies as a full-time student (88 per cent)
10 per cent of undergraduate enrollment (FT/PT) is represented by these online only students. Entirely online learners often plan their studies around other responsibilities such as work and family, or find that the commute to campus may not be viable. By offering these learning opportunities, Memorial offers flexibility and convenience in learning to a distinct group of students and helps the institution meet, in part, its obligation to the people of the province.
CITL hosts a set of interactive online dashboards that illustrate the unit's impact as it relates to online learning and the use of educational technologies throughout the institution. The dashboards are located here: citl.mun.ca/about/Dashboard.
Degree pathways and course transfer
Memorial has a number of agreements and processes in place to ensure students have flexibility in their studies. Some of these include:
- Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic have articulation agreements in place
- St. John's Campus Registrar's Office Transfer Credit Process
- Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Transfer Guide
- 2+2s with international institutions (MI, Grenfell)
- MOU with Canadian Forces
- Double PhD (cotutelle agreements on joint supervision at the doctoral level between two cooperating institutions)
- Doctoral pathway agreement with St. Francis Xavier University
- Bridging program and international faculty training
- 3+1+1 pathway
Academic Support tools for current students
Memorial has a variety of tools and resources available to current students to support their academic success:
- Blundon Centre, St. John's Campus
- Writing Centre
- Learning Centre, Grenfell Campus
- Navigate app
- Academic Advising (St. John's Campus, Grenfell)
- Supplemental instruction in Engineering and Business (St. John's Campus)
- Supplemental instruction in various areas (Grenfell campus)
- Faculty supervisors and mentors
- Graduate officers and SGS advisors
- Graduate teaching assistants
Professional upskilling and reskilling
The Gardiner Centre, an outreach arm of the Faculty of Business Administration, develops and delivers current and relevant professional development programs that advance the business and leadership knowledge and/or skills of organizations and existing or aspiring supervisors, managers, executives and entrepreneurs.
- The Office of Professional and Educational Development in the Faculty of Medicine is an accredited provider of continuing professional development (CPD) for healthcare professionals. Physicians and other healthcare professionals are offered a breadth of professional development programming each year which addresses the needs of healthcare professionals who practice in both urban and rural communities across Newfoundland and Labrador, nationally and internationally. Programs are offered in a variety of formats, including: onsite/face-to-face; online/distance; discipline rounds; and educational assessment, retraining and traineeship experiences. OPD also offers a certificate program in Medical Teaching and, in conjunction with the Gardiner Centre, a certificate in Physician Management and Leadership.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers the Program in Graduate Student Supervision, an initiative that helps faculty prepare for and reflect on their practice as a graduate supervisor, with the aim of enhancing the quality of supervision and optimal student outcomes by reducing time-to-completion and program attrition.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers 100 workshops and programs to graduate students under the Enhanced Development of Graduate Experience (EDGE). Supports offered through EDGE are intended to foster diverse skills and competencies among graduate students, and help them become the best scholars, practitioners, and leaders in their fields.
- The School of Pharmacy’s new online Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) for Working Professionals requires the completion of 15 courses and is delivered primarily online offering licensed practicing pharmacists the opportunity to complete their coursework while maintaining their employment. In addition to online coursework, the program includes two on-campus clinical skills courses and two six-week advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). The program is available as a three-year option or four-year option.
- The Marine Institute offers industrial training to drive innovation and collaboration within the oceans industries. With ten specialized centres and highly qualified instructors and researchers, the Marine Institute has the facilities, expertise and capability to address any challenge industry clients face. MI offers such solutions as industrial training courses, tailor-made courses, and applied research expertise to support excellence in the sector.
Recognition of Teaching and Learning excellence at Memorial
- Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award had recipients from Memorial in 2016 and 2018
- Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Outstanding Graduate Mentorship Award had a finalist from Memorial in 2019
- For more information on teaching awards including 3M and AAU awards, visit: citl.mun.ca/TeachingSupport/TeachingAwards
Additional information about Teaching and Learning
Future student programming that brings K-12 students on campus: