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September 1, 2020

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Webinars: Follow-up Q&A Sessions to Support Remote Teaching


Do you have follow-up questions after attending or watching TLS’ June webinars? TLS is offering four follow-up sessions where you can ask questions and get answers. Be sure you’re familiar with past webinar content so that you’ll be able to follow along with the Q&A!


Preparing Course Content: Follow-up Q&A

September 1, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 8, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 14, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Promoting Student Interaction and Engagement for Remote Learning: Follow-up Q&A

September 3, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 10, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 17, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Creating Online Assessments in myCourses: Follow-up Q&A

September 2, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 11, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 18, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Managing Your Course in myCourses: Follow-up Q&A

September 4, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 9, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 15, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

Webinars to Support Remote Delivery


The following are re-runs of webinars that are particularly helpful to experience live:


Getting Started with Polling

September 4, 11:00 - 11:45am (Register)

September 9, 2:00 - 2:45pm (Register)


Levelling Up with Zoom

September 2, 2:00 - 2:45pm (Register)

September 11, 11:00 - 11:45am (Register)


Upcoming Events




Student Wellness Hub

Check out the Art Hive Live: While We’re Apart, Let’s Make Art - Together!


Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4:00 - 5:00pm


The Student Wellness Hub is continuing to offer Art Hive Live! Join us on Facebook Live for creative activities using materials you already have at home to help ease your mind during this challenging time.




Publishing Data with the McGill Dataverse


October 1, 2:00 - 2:45pm


The McGill Library recently launched a pilot of the McGill Dataverse, a local solution for research data management and archiving. This webinar will provide an overview and demonstration of publishing data to the new McGill University Dataverse. Participants will learn about the open-source Dataverse project in the Canadian context and how to participate in the pilot project.


For Your Students


AGSEM Teaching Assistant Training


McGill graduate students and Teaching Assistants (TA) have many challenges and responsibilities. SKILLSETS provides opportunities for them to develop teaching skills and engage in discussions with other TAs. Encourage your students to take advantage of the opportunity to learn skills to enhance their graduate experience.



Would You Fund It?: SSHRC, CIHR, and NSERC Funding Review


Getting funding for graduate programs can be stressful, but there are tools to help students succeed! Would You Fund it? gives students the opportunity to have their two-page project summary reviewed by a former Tri-council or Quebec committee reviewer.


Lunch with the Dean of GPS for Graduate Students


Every Friday at 12:00pm


Let your graduate students know that GPS is organizing a virtual lunch-time discussion series for graduate students and postdocs who would like to connect, share concerns, and exchange ideas.



Health and Wellness Supports for Students


The Student Wellness Hub is offering limited in-person appointments on Mondays and Thursdays. Students must first complete a virtual appointment; drop-ins are not available. Call 514-398-6017 for more information.


Resources & Announcements


New Fall Workshops for Faculty From the Equity Team


The Equity Team in the Office of the Provost is excited to announce our fall line-up of workshops for faculty! 


TLS Webinars Resource Page


Couldn’t attend a TLS webinar on preparing for remote teaching? Don’t worry. Check out TLS’ Webinars page, where you can catch up on what you missed by accessing webinar recordings, slides, and companion resource documents.


Looking for different ways to engage students with their writing assignments?


Access a series of TLS webinar recordings that illustrate four strategies to engage students in dialogue about their writing and foster responsibility for their work. These strategies might even save you time when doing assessment! (McGill log in required)


Part 1: Annotating Writing Submissions 

Part 2: Submitting Interactive Cover Sheets 

Part 3: Collaborating on Evaluation Criteria

Part 4: Dividing Assignments into Multiple Stages


COVID-19 Information in the Montreal Context


Just arriving in Montreal and have questions about COVID-19? The Student Wellness Hub nursing team’s 25-minute pre-recorded COVID-19 info session explains physical distancing guidelines, self-isolation, and more.


A Healthy Class Intermission


McGill Athletics & Recreation is helping faculty, staff, and students tackle the challenge of sitting at screens longer than we’re accustomed to, and therefore not moving our bodies as often. Throughout the semester, we’ll be offering a series of five-minute Stretch Breaks videos that show instructors ways to break up lecture times and give students a chance to rest their minds and move their bodies. View Stretch Breaks on our YouTube channel or download and insert the links directly into your online lectures. Our most recent videos area also available on our welivetomove.ca website. Questions or concerns? Contact sarah.canzer@mcgill.ca.


Tips for Supporting your Students


Wondering how to help students get the most out of myCourses discussions?


This TLS-produced Guide to Getting the Most Out of myCourses Discussion Forums video encourages students to deepen their understanding of course content, expand their thinking, and connect with classmates. Link it to myCourses for easy access!


Ever wanted to have your students submit file attachments to Quizzes in myCourses?


When creating a written response question, instructors can now allow students to upload files and record audio or video responses as attachments. The maximum file size for all files attached in a single quiz question response is 100MB.


Thinking of sharing a recorded video in your course?


You can now link or embed videos from the Lecture Recording system directly where you want students to see them, such as within a course module, a discussion topic, or even an announcement. Learn more.


Overwhelmed by emails from students?


Help students be more effective communicators by referring to the TLS-produced Make Your Emails Count video. Share the link in myCourses and your course outline! Aussi disponible en français.


Thinking of having your students do teamwork?


Get ideas for helping students work as productive teams by referring to the TLS-produced Using Peer Assessment to Make Teamwork Work video and resource document.


Interested in learning about your students before the fall term starts?


A ready-made survey is available in myCourses to ask students questions about time zones, internet connection, and their concerns about remote learning. Instructions for copying the survey into your courses are available here.


Wondering how to adapt your course outline for remote teaching?


Download the remote delivery version of the Course Outline Guide, which includes information about student consent to being recorded, materials students may be required to purchase, and more.


Looking for different and creative ways to assess your students?


Then this recently-updated collection of example assessment strategies from McGill instructors, many of which transfer easily to a remote learning environment, is for you. More examples coming soon!


Thinking about assigning your students remote experiential learning activities?


  • For commercial kits, make arrangements directly with the McGill Bookstore by contacting Patrick McGovern.
  • For do-it-yourself kits, submit this form to obtain approval from your Chair for low-risk activities or from your Chair and the Associate Provost, Teaching and Programs, for medium-risk activities.


OSD Updates


Thinking about Accessibility in a Remote Learning Environment?: Recording now available of OSD’s Virtual FAQ


Gift Tshuma, Access Services Advisor, and Rakhee Chowdhury, Exam Centre Manager, recently hosted a virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session to offer strategies to support students with accommodations in a remote learning environment. Access materials from the webinar:

OSD’s COVID-19 FAQ for Instructors and New Guide for Faculty


For information about accommodations and accessibility in a remote learning environment, McGill’s OSD invites instructors to visit our “Instructor FAQ: COVID-19” web page. This page is updated frequently as new information becomes available. Also, the OSD has developed a detailed guide for instructors outlining the OSD’s services and processes for both on-campus and remote learning contexts.


COVID-19 Student Impact Survey Results


In May 2020, Teaching and Learning Services, Student Services, and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies launched the COVID-19 Student Impact Survey. The results will inform student supports for the coming year. View the highlights here.


OSD’s COVID-19 FAQ for Instructors and New Guide for Faculty


For information about accommodations and accessibility in a remote learning environment, McGill’s OSD invites instructors to visit our “Instructor FAQ: COVID-19” web page. This page is updated frequently as new information becomes available. Also, the OSD has developed a detailed guide for instructors outlining the OSD’s services and processes for both on-campus and remote learning contexts.


New IT Support site - now with guided tours and videos!


Take a tour of the new IT Support site, a one-stop shop for all your IT needs.

  • Log in to access all available content and features.
  • Click Get Started for interactive guided tours and videos.


New! Register and connect a WiFi device with an assigned password


IT Services’ new and improved My Wifi Device service allows you to register devices that don’t support McGill credentials (non-WPA2 Enterprise) for use on the wireless network. It’s quick, secure, and self-serve!


New Posts on Teaching for Learning @ McGill University


This blog, hosted by TLS, features posts by instructors, students, and anyone else in higher education we’re lucky enough to collaborate with. Join in conversations about teaching and learning!


Library Updates

McGill Librarians are here to help


Connect directly with subject-specific liaison librarians for in-depth reference and research consultations. From August 31 - December 23, use the virtual reference service email, chat, or text with a librarian seven days a week from 10:00am - 6:00pm.


Teaching services provided by the Library


McGill instructors can visit the Library’s Teaching Services page for more information on course reserves and readings, and for step-by-step instructions on how to create persistent links in WorldCat Discovery. Your liaison librarian can also assist in this process and help you locate materials to support your teaching.


Library’s Terrace Pick-up Service expands to include print books from Islamic Studies Library and Marvin Duchow Music Library


The Library has expanded its Terrace Pick-up Service for print books not available electronically to include books housed in the McLennan-Redpath Complex, the Nahum Gelber Law Library, the Islamic Studies Library, and the Marvin Duchow Music Library.


Updated Library orientation page showcases virtual resources and services


The Library’s updated orientation page is full of useful tips for new and returning students, including a wide range of remote access resources, such as info on virtual workshops, liaison librarians, reference services, and much more.


The McGill Library Orientation Game | Raising Spirits: A Timely Diversion


In keeping with its ludic spirit, the Library has leveraged its considerable digital resources to develop a series of linked games to welcome students to our virtual campus in September.













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