August 15, 2017
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FEATURED EVENTS

Writing Effective Reference Letters for Student Fellowships

September 8, 10:00am-12:00pm
Professors are often asked to write letters of reference by students applying for awards and employment. While time-consuming and sometimes difficult, a strong reference letter can change the outcome of an application. This workshop will help you write effective letters for all situations, and even handle unreasonable requests.

Copyright for Teaching (Webinar)

August 16, 12:00-1:00pm

This short session will provide practical advice for delivering course materials and making class readings available to your students via myCourses while respecting copyright legislation and best practices. Please bring your questions or submit them ahead of time!

REGISTER

 

RESOURCES OF THE WEEK

Fall 2017 Checklists and Resources

Below is a list of checklists and useful resources to help you prepare for teaching this fall:

EVENTS

Understanding Discrimination: Frameworks and First Steps

September 18 or 27, 1:30-4:00pm
Designed specifically for the McGill context, this workshop will introduce participants to a number of concepts related to equity and discrimination.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & RESOURCES

myCourses Has a New Look & Feel 

In May, myCourses was upgraded to provide a more consistent user experience across computers, tablets and mobile devices. Although there are no major functional changes to the tools you already know and use, you will notice some improvements to the user interface.  

 

Polling @ McGill: Sign up for Fall 2017

This system is now available at no charge to students and instructors, and allows students to respond to questions from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, laptop) rather than a physical handheld clicker. Physical clickers are no longer supported for in-class use. Sign up to use TurningPoint Cloud.  

 

myCourses Tip: Strategies for Organizing Your Content

When uploading your course materials to myCourses, use modules and submodules to organize your content. One strategy for organization is to replicate the structure of your syllabus within the Content tool to ensure that it is intuitive for students to find what they need. Some other ways to organize your content are by week, by topic, and by type (such as powerpoints and readings). 

 

Support for Student Writing: Courses, Workshops, Tutorials

Concerned about the quality of your students’ written work? Spending too much time wading through unclear ideas or poor grammar? Help your students improve their academic writing skills by referring them to the McGill Writing Centre’s courses, workshops, and tutorial service. These services are available to graduate and undergraduate students.

SANS Video Library – Featured Module: Social Networks

This course is available to all staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness program. Check out “Social Networks” (Module 5), this week’s featured module, for advice concerning the safe use of these tools. 

Partners

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.