November 15, 2015
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FEATURED EVENTS

Course Design Workshop
December 10 and December 15 (two full days)

Would you like to (re)design one of your courses and enhance your teaching skills? Join a group of fellow faculty members led by facilitators from Teaching and Learning Services to discuss strategies for course design and teaching that focus on enhancing student learning.

Teaching what’s important:
Educating students for today and tomorrow

December 11, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join us for a conversation about our aspirations for undergraduate education at McGill and how we translate these aspirations into actual educational experiences. This symposium features a host of distinguished presenters, including Ken Dryden, Elena Bennett, and Alan Chen. 
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

University Student Assessment Policy Reference Sheet

This document contains key points from the Student Assessment Policy. Be sure to refer to this reference sheet and the Course Outline Guide when preparing your syllabi for upcoming courses.
UPCOMING EVENTS

McGill Innovation Week Discussion Panel:
What is the impact of MOOCs in Higher Education?

November 18, 10:00am -12:00pm

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are offered for free by hundreds of institutions around the globe involving millions of learners. This panel discussion with instructors from McGill’s MOOCs will focus on their experiences designing and offering MOOCs and their impact on higher education.

Disability, Access, and Universal Design
November 18, 2:00-4:30pm

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the fast-changing notions of disability, impairment, and access. Participating in this workshop will lead you to re-examine certain preconceptions about the nature of disabilities in higher education, the models for services, and best designs for universal access.  

Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning
November 19, 10:30am-12:30pm

Need strategies to engage students? We will discuss the rationale for active and collaborative learning and examine methods for design and implementation in different types of courses. You will be introduced to a range of strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing. Join us and use part of the session to develop a plan to incorporate these strategies into your courses.

Developing Engaged Citizens Through Critical Thinking
November 20, 12:00-1:15pm

Professor Terry Hébert will discuss an assignment where students are asked to translate scientific articles into a format that a lay audience can understand.  He argues that developing such skills is critical to becoming an engaged citizen, and will share his experience designing and evaluating this assignment.
Evaluation and Feedback in Large Classes series

Webinar: Making the Grade in myCourses
November 20, 2:00-3:00pm

Are you overwhelmed by Excel spreadsheets, emails from your TAs and students, and handwritten notes? Learn how you can use the Gradebook tool to store, organize, calculate, and release grades and feedback to your students in a secure environment.  

The Lunch Spot
November 27, 12:00-1:30pm

You're invited to lunch! Join the Teaching and Learning Services team at The Lunch Spot, an informal lunchtime gathering held on the last Friday of each month. Instructors can drop by to discuss their teaching, exchange ideas, and ask questions. Bring your lunch; coffee, tea, and homemade treats will be provided! 

Bumps in the Road in Graduate Supervision:
A Conflict Resolution Discussion

December 9, 2:00-4:00pm

As a professor, supervising graduate students is in most cases very rewarding. However, the supervisory experience can present professors with many challenges including conflict and at times, ineffective resolution of such conflict. If you would like to learn new strategies to improve communication with supervisees, you might be interested in this conflict resolution discussion.
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Course Evaluations Open for Fall 2015

Students may now complete their Course Evaluations until December 24 (December 8 for units following the condensed period). Strategies to encourage student participation include:
  • Communicating the value of course evaluations;
  • Making announcements and reminding your students; and
  • Allowing students time in class to complete their course evaluations.
View complete list of strategies to increase response rates. 
 

Audiovisual Equipment Loans

Located at 688 Sherbrooke West, room 285, the office will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm. The Macdonald campus office is open from 9:00 to 5:00. Equipment loans include AV equipment, such as digital cameras, video cameras, projectors, screens, and more, to instructors, staff, and students. 

SKILLSETS: Professional Development for your Graduate Students

This suite of workshops and resources will help your graduate students and post-doctoral fellows develop important interdisciplinary skills. Encourage them to attend sessions and learn skills that can be applied immediately and are transferable to future endeavours.

Support for myCourses and other teaching technologies

Teaching and Learning Services offers one-on-one consultations and custom group workshops on the following topics:
  • myCourses
  • Student response systems (clickers)
  • Active learning classrooms
  • Videoconferencing
  • Classroom audiovisual technology
Fill out the request form for a consultation or a workshop.

Partners

Content and Collaboration Solutions (CCS) | IT Customer Services (ICS) | McGill Library | Social, Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) | Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

If you have comments about this e-bulletin, or require additional information about the above, please contact us at teaching.tls@mcgill.ca or 514-398-6648.