McGill may be close to 200 years old (It was founded in 1821!), but we've come a long way technologically over the last two centuries! Did you know that "Archie", the first Internet search engine, was created at McGill?
You’re welcome, Google!
Check out some of the ways that technology will shape your McGill experience.
You are given two usernames: a McGill username and a short username. Your McGill Username is based on your first and last name (e.g., first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca). If you studied previously at McGill, you retain your username.
The first.last portion may sometimes include an initial or middle name or a number, where necessary to ensure uniqueness.
Your short username is usually composed of the first letter of your first name, and the first 5 letters of your last name, often followed by a number to ensure uniqueness.
The McGill Username and McGill Password are used to access most IT services at McGill. However, the Short Username is required to sign into a few systems (most notably uPrint).
Not on campus and need to download an article from a respected journal? No problem!
The Library’s EZProxy server allows you to access Library databases from off-campus locations with ease.
Polling @ McGill
Polling @ McGill (previously known as clickers) is a technology-supported questioning strategy to assess students’ learning and encourage active classroom participation. At McGill, we are using a web-based polling system, called TurningPoint Cloud. During a class with polling questions, students respond from their personal device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop).
Students can register for accounts and join polling sessions from https://mcgill.ca/polling/home
You are given a McGill Email Address and mailbox automatically when you confirm your acceptance to McGill. Notification about your McGill Email Address is sent to the non-McGill email address you entered on your application form. Make sure to often check your McGill email account, as it is McGill’s formal means of communication with you. This means that all of McGill’s professors/staff will often only use this account.
You should be proud of your McGill email!
(Consider using it in more professional settings, too. It looks better on a CV than flower_gurl17 [at] gmail.com.)
Minerva is the web-based administrative interface you used to apply to McGill. Based on your needs Minerva is categorized under main segments.
- Personal Menu is for updating your contact information.
- Student Menu is for choosing, adding, and dropping courses; checking your grades; ordering transcripts; declaring your program; viewing your fee information; among many other functions.
- Employee Menu is for those who are hired by McGill, for example as a TA, and is for checking your employee profile, direct deposit payment information, and tax slips.
- Applicant Menu is for viewing your application’s status.
- Financial Aid & Awards Menu is for monitoring scholarships and awards, applying for financial aid, as well as other helpful links for handling your financial situation.
myCourses is McGill’s learning management system for online teaching and learning. myCourses brings instructors and students together in a virtual classroom and creates a highly interactive learning environment. Here is where the teaching and learning can get very exciting. This is where professors will post announcements and class notes. It is also where you can access a course discussion board, exchange ideas, and conduct debates with your classmates. At the end of the term, you can access the course evaluation system through myCourses, in order to voice your ideas, comments, and suggestions. You are also able to see your individual coursework grades in myCourses.
myMcGill, also called “the Portal”, offers all-in-one access to McGill information systems such as Minerva, myCourses, email, and library resources. Think of it as a one-stop-shop for all your personal, online McGill services!
McGill offers a campus-wide copy and printing service that allows any student with a valid McGill ID to send a print job to the central print queue, and pick it up from any Xerox device. Printers are located all over campus and residence halls, so it’s extremely convenient!
uPrint allows you to print without installing any programs. Using your McGill email account, attach the files you want to print to a new email message and send the email to either uprint.mono [at] mcgill.ca (for black & white jobs) or uprint.colour [at] mcgill.ca (for colour jobs). Pick up your documents at a uPrint printer as you normally would with your McGill ID.
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
You can set up a VPN connection to access McGill-restricted sites and resources while you are off-campus: kb.mcgill.ca/it/vpn
The McGill App is the official campus app for current, new, and prospective McGill University students. Access university events, calendars, contacts, maps and more. Stay organized with your classes and assignments through the timetable. The McGill App puts McGill services at your fingertips and enables you to connect with your classmates and friends.
Download the McGill App for iOS or Android.