March 1, 2016
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FEATURED EVENTS

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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Supporting Students in Distress

March 22, 2:00-4:00pm (Mac Campus)

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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RESOURCES OF THE WEEK

What the research says…

What types of stress are students experiencing, and what can we do to support them in developing healthy habits during their time at university? University students’ mental health and wellbeing have been making the headlines recently, across Canada and beyond. This report summarizes a 2012 McGill benchmarking study (n=463) that aimed to better understand the general state of student psychological wellbeing, stimulate discussion, and inform improvements to campus offerings in support of student wellbeing. 

Customize your Course Evaluation

Instructors may add up to three questions to their MERCURY 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. Submit your questions by March 9. 

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.

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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Using Rubrics for Guidelines and Feedback

March 17, 12:00-1:00pm

What is a rubric? What are the elements of a well-designed rubric? How can rubrics be used effectively to provide students with guidance and feedback on their assignments? Attend this webinar to learn how you can use the Rubrics tool in myCourses to provide students with formative feedback on their assignments, discussions, quizzes, and grades.

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3rd Annual Postdoctoral Research Day

March 21, 2:00-6:00pm

Are you currently supervising a postdoctoral fellow? If yes, join us for the 3rd Annual Postdoctoral Research Day. The goal of the event is to recognize postdoctoral fellows' research contributions and to promote networking among academics across the province of Quebec. Don't miss out on this important event.

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Course Design Workshop

May 12 & May 17 (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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Supervisor Responsibilities

What are your responsibilities as a supervisor and how do they change over the years? Learn why and how well-defined expectations can help prevent problems and ensure success. 

Professional Skills Development

SKILLSETS and its partners offer over 200 workshops, information sessions, and events throughout the year that are FREE to all McGill Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows. Click above to see current offerings. 

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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