February 15, 2016
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FEATURED EVENTS

Clarifying Expectations in Graduate Supervision
February 25, 2:00-4:00pm

Imagine preventing common mistakes and avoiding confusion when taking on new graduate students. Clarifying Expectations is about articulating roles and responsibilities in supervisory relationships before problems or miscommunications occur.

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Six effective evaluation and feedback strategies: Professors and students share their experiences
March 18, 12:00-1:15pm

Looking for effective and creative ideas for assessing student work in your courses? Join us for a brown bag lunch in which three professors and three students will have three minutes each to describe an assessment method that has worked well in one of their courses. Discussion will follow the presentations.

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RESOURCES OF THE WEEK

What the research says…

In this recent blog post, student Mirabel Xing (a member of the Assessment in Large Classes Advisory Group), reflects on a session in which McGill professor Terry Hébert described an assignment his undergraduate students complete. By “translating” a pharmacology article into a short New York Times-style piece that explains the key concepts with a lay audience in mind, students learn to communicate across disciplines and develop important writing competencies.

 

 

Responsible Use of McGill IT

What are the University’s responsibilities regarding IT? What are users’ responsibilities?  This policy provides full information.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Safer Spaces Workshops

SEDE, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services, First Peoples' House, and the Office for Students with Disabilities, offers Safer Spaces, a regular schedule of training for staff, faculty, and graduate students on diversity issues.

Webinar: Promoting Engagement through Online Discussions
February 16, 12:00-1:00pm

Would you like to promote interaction in your course? By providing active and social learning opportunities, you can give students an opportunity to engage with the course material and with each other. Attend our one-hour webinar to learn how you can use the Discussions tool in myCourses effectively.

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Mobile Apps for Teaching, Research, and Productivity

February 25, 2:30-4:00pm
Join us for a workshop featuring mobile apps to support teaching, research, and learning. It will cover:

  • Apps for seamless access to full-text library content
  • Microsoft Office apps and cloud-based storage
  • Using apps to support your research

The Lunch Spot

February 26, 12:00-1:30pm

Come join the TLS Team at The Lunch Spot, an informal lunchtime gathering held on the last Friday of each month, where instructors can discuss their teaching, exchange ideas, and ask questions.

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Celebrating Voltaire: A Symposium

March 9, 10:00am-7:45pm

Famous for his wit and his advocacy of civil liberties, Voltaire remains the subject of much debate in the 21st century. Join McGill University Library and Archives and a group of distinguished scholars for a free one-day symposium “Celebrating Voltaire”. Click above link to RSVP.

Mental Health First Aid Training

March 10 and 11, 9:00am-5:00pm

Want to learn more about mental health and how to support people living with mental health problems? This two-day training aims to improve mental health literacy and provide the skills to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend, or a colleague.

Liability and Research

March 14, 10:00am-12:00pm

What happens if a researcher breaches confidentiality? How can a researcher be found liable? This interactive workshop will introduce the basic elements of civil liability through a review of existing legislation and case law from the province of Quebec.

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Supporting Students in Distress

March 22, 2:00-4:00pm

Academic performance can bring up many emotions for students. How can you, as a faculty member, identify and respond appropriately to students who withdraw or behave in a distressed, disruptive, or dangerous manner? This 2-hour workshop will present a model of appropriate and simple actions that you can take.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Customize your Course Evaluation

Instructors may add up to three questions to their course evaluation questionnaire. This is an opportunity to receive feedback specific to the course context or on particular areas of focus, such as new teaching strategies. Recommended questions are available. Please submit your questions by March 9. 

Mid-Course Evaluations

Want to receive valuable feedback from your students during the term, while it is still possible to make adjustments? Effective strategies include administering an online survey through myCourses, setting up an anonymous discussion board in myCourses, and having an in-class, student-led forum. Questions? Contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca.

Writing Commons

Do your graduate students need help to carve out time to move writing projects forward? The McGill Writing Centre has put together a number of events through Graphos where students will have uninterrupted time to work and build writing skills.

Integration of third-party applications in myCourses

As of February 2016, myCourses integrations will no longer be configurable at the course level by instructors. This is being done in accordance with McGill's cloud data storage directive to safeguard sensitive student data. 

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