Higher education: Improving teaching and learning; Reflection for improving teaching; Instructional design; Use of new technologies; Formative evaluation.
Cynthia Weston is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Director of Teaching and Learning Services. Her teaching and research over the past 27 years at McGill have focused on teaching and learning in higher education. Recent research has focused on professors' use of reflection as a mechanism for constructing knowledge about teaching, the impact of professor reflection on student experience of learning, concept mapping as a tool for linking disciplinary knowledge to the teaching and learning process, and zones of teacher thinking.
Current educational development efforts emphasize multi-unit initiatives designed to have a transformative impact on teaching and learning at McGill. Projects include enhancing student engagement in large classes, redesigning teaching and learning spaces based on pedagogical principles, fostering the nexus between teaching and research, and the pedagogical preparation of graduate students.